5 Unpopular trades the Celtics should explore this summer

The Celtics may be forced to make some trades fans are not happy about in the offseason.
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3. Sign-and-trade Jrue Holiday if he is unwilling to take a discount

Holiday has a $39.4 million player option for next season. He has been clear that he wants a long-term deal with Boston over heading to free agency this summer. Can the two sides agree on a contract?

The Celtics already have massive spending concerns, and Jayson Tatum will likely have a new contract starting in 2025 where he makes $60-plus million per year. Boston cannot afford to pay Holiday $40-plus million each season and keep their other stars.

No Celtic has sacrificed more than the 6’4 guard this season. His 12.8 points per game are his lowest since his rookie season and his stats are down across the board. Boston is loaded with talent, which allows Holiday to space the floor, focus on his outstanding defense, and have the ball in his hands less. The Celtics have the best record in the NBA, but the two-time All-Star may want a larger role.

The Boston Celtics could explore a sign-and-trade this summer. Jrue Holiday can get additional money and touches as Boston adds a few pieces to round out their roster. They would be better with Holiday, but the financials may not work, especially if the veteran guard wants a raise.