After a dissapointing start, the Boston Celtics appear to be getting their act together, winning 6 in a row and 7 of their last 10.
But are they good enough to challenge the dominating Raptors, Bucks or Sixers?
Maybe not yet, but they might be about to get there.
Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report recently suggested that the Celtics could target Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.
So, why would Orlando let him go? Because he’s headed for unrestricted free agency next summer and isn’t a likely keeper given the frontcourt minutes needed to develop recent top-10 selections Mohamed Bamba and Jonathan Isaac. Not to mention, if Vucevic could fetch fellow free-agent-to-be Terry Rozier, the Magic might finally have their floor general of the future.
Vooch has been a Boston target before. Back in January 2017, NBC Sports Boston‘s A. Sherrod Blakely reported the Celtics had discussed the 7-footer with the Magic in hopes of strengthening their scoring and rebounding.
Fast-forward nearly two years, and Boston still needs help on offense (18th in efficiency) and the glass (17th in rebounding percentage). Vucevic has never been better equipped to provide it.
It’s no secret that Boston’s Terry Rozier has struggled to find his place with the team this season. Using him as a trade piece for the Vuc trade would make a lot of sense.
It would bolster Boston’s front-court… but might it be too much? With Tatum, Horford, Hayward, and Baynes down low, would the addition of Vucevic make things a little crowded?
That’s not for me to decide, but it’s definitely a question worth asking for a team that’s just looking to regain their identity. Plus, we’ve seen before that Danny Ainge isn’t afraid to make moves. This Nikola trade, no matter the risk, might be something he thinks about if it gets his Celtics a little more help.