1. Gabe Vincent
A knee injury has limited Vincent to just four games with the Lakers, but he is nearing a return (subscription required). The 6’3 guard signed a three-year $33 million contract in the offseason after helping the Heat reach the NBA Finals in 2023. The Lakers hoped he could play a key role, but may have him on the trade block if they can acquire a third star.
Rebuilding teams won't desire Vincent, which could open the door for the Celtics or another contender. Boston would have to give up multiple players to match his salary, but it may be worth it, especially if someone making below the non-taxpayer mid-level becomes available via the buyout market.
Vincent averaged 15.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists against the Celtics in the conference finals last season. They know what he can do and saw him raise his level in the postseason. That could be enough for Boston to try to get involved if he becomes available.
The Boston Celtics are all-in on winning the championship in 2024. Expect them to explore the trade market before the Feb. 8 deadline and make a move if they believe it improves their roster. Stay tuned to see what the front office can pull off.