5 Things Celtics must do before the trade deadline

The Celtics should be busy before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

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1. Find a trusted 3-and-D wing

Every contender wants another wing capable of shooting 37 percent from 3-point range and defending multiple positions. The Celtics have Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are arguably the best wing duo in the NBA. Boston signed a handful of players in the offseason in hopes of finding a trusted option behind their two stars, but none of them have worked as planned.

The Celtics would love to add someone like Royce O’Neale. The 6’4 wing is on an expiring contract with the Nets and is rumored to be on the trade block. Brooklyn wants a first-round draft pick but has been unable to get one. O’Neale is a career 38.1 percent 3-point shooter with playoff experience and the ability to guard on or off the ball. He would be the perfect reserve wing in Beantown.

The Celtics have options. They can trade two first-round draft picks plus a handful of seconds if the right deal comes along. Brad Stevens should be aggressive. Several teams are willing to sell, but can Boston get the finishing pieces that push them to a championship?

The Boston Celtics are a team to watch before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Now is their chance to upgrade their roster and get closer to a championship. Stay tuned to see what the franchise does.

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