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.
Boston Celtics, Derrick White, Kristaps Porzingis
Boston Celtics, Derrick White, Kristaps Porzingis / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Deal Derrick White at the peak of his value

White is under contract through the 2024-25 season but becomes extension-eligible this summer. Fans know he is an elite defender and a crucial part of Boston’s success from the moment he was acquired from San Antonio. White was second-team All-Defense last season and has been even better this year.

He is set to make just $19.5 million next season and likely wants a raise in his next contract. Boston cannot afford to have a fifth $30-plus million contract on their books, so tough decisions are on the horizon. Who do the Celtics keep and how can they check their spending, while remaining in title contention?

Boston gave up two role players and a 2022 1st round draft pick to get White from the Spurs. His value would be significantly higher now. Teams would give up multiple first-round selections, but the Celtics want to win now. They do not need draft capital. White has been too valuable in Boston, and fans would be heated if the Celtics traded him this summer.

The Boston Celtics have some tough decisions to make. They want to win a championship and stay in contention for years to come. How do Brad Stevens and the front office accomplish that? Stay tuned to find out.