Price Boston Celtics would have to pay for former college Defensive Player of the Year speculated on

The price the Boston Celtics would have to pay for a former college Defensive Player of the Year was speculated on by one analyst.

Nov 28, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) and guard Derrick
Nov 28, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) and guard Derrick / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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The price the Boston Celtics would have to pay for Jevon Carter was speculated on by CelticsBlog's Ben Dupont -- who ultimately settled on mere draft compensation being the sent the way of the Eastern Conference cellar-dwelling Chicago Bulls.

"I’m guessing about the pick compensation (second-round picks are very much valued at variable levels), but the price should be somewhere in the one-to-three second-rounder range for Carter, a career 39% shooter from three-point range who defends exceptionally well for his size and can handle the ball a little," Dupon wrote.

"Carter has excelled in a limited role throughout his career, but this year he plays less than 15 minutes a night in the Bulls’ crowded backcourt. Plus, his $6.1 million salary slides right into Boston’s $6.3 million trade exception (created in a Grant Williams sign-and-trade with Dallas). Carter isn’t nearly as versatile as Caruso on either end of the floor, but could probably be had for no rotation pieces or meaningful picks."

Jevon Carter not the kind of needle-moving trade Boston Celtics should consider with Bulls

With all of the aggressive moves Brad Stevens has made to boost Boston's roster enough to hang Banner 18 at the TD Garden in 2024, it wouldn't make much sense to go after the safe target Chicago is likely to dangle. Getting the Celtics over the top now, not preserving future assets, is the only way Stevens is going to ensure his spot at the helm of Boston's front office for the long haul.

The Celtics should be more interested in swapping out Payton Pritchard for either Alex Caruso or Andre Drummond. Caruso fits the Cs roster like a glove in Pritchard's stead, while Drummond is a hedge if Kristaps Porzingis's health continues to be a concern.

With Jrue Holiday in a contract year, why get cold feet now, Brad? Make sure this title is won, and the work could then focus on keeping the pieces that broke through the glass ceiling.