5 Trade scenarios the Celtics must prepare for this offseason

The Celtics need to monitor these trade scenarios after the Jrue Holiday extension.
Boston Celtics, Derrick White
Boston Celtics, Derrick White / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Derrick White not agreeing to an extension

White becomes extension-eligible this summer as he enters the final year of his current contract. The 6’4 guard is set to make $19.5 million in the 2024-25 season but is significantly more valuable. He has blossomed in Boston and could be looking for a deal similar to the one Jrue Holiday just signed.

Can the Celtics afford to pay him $30 million per season? It would add $10.5 million to their cap sheet in the summer of 2025 and push Boston even further into the luxury tax. They will certainly try to get him to agree to a discount, but what if White refuses?

It will be decision time this summer. The Celtics do not want him to reach unrestricted free agency, especially if they are unwilling to meet his contract demands. Some team will. If White refuses to re-sign, Brad Stevens and the front office should explore their trade options. The Celtics want to keep White or get significant value in return for trading him.

The Boston Celtics are gearing up for the playoffs and have their eyes on winning a championship, but the front office must start preparing for the offseason. Trade scenarios will arise, and Boston must be ready to react. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out.