Trade deadline boost: 3-and-D wing
The Celtics added Oshae Brissett, Svi Mykhailiuk, Lamar Stevens, Dalano Banton, and Jordan Walsh in the offseason as they searched for backup wings behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. They hoped one would pop and be able to play a 20-minute per-game role off the bench this season.
None have played in more than 26 of the Celtics' first 44 games, and they all appear to be out of the playoff rotation if it started today. Boston would love to have a trusted 3-and-D wing option on their bench. Someone capable of guarding multiple positions and sinking open shots.
Every contender wants help on the wing. The Boston Celtics have draft capital to offer, but finding enough matching salary could be problematic. They could target Royce O’Neale, but he likely wants more playing time than Boston can offer.
Finding the right fit for their specific need won’t be easy. The Celtics could decide to play smaller in the playoffs and having another 6’8 wing would be massive if that need arises. There will be a handful available before the deadline, but does Boston get the boost of acquiring one?
The Boston Celtics should be looking for role players and must avoid the mistake of chasing another premium talent.