According to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, the Celtics could be interested in trading for Thunder big man Steven Adams if he becomes available.
“Boston desperately needs a defensive-minded big man following the departure of Al Horford in free agency. Backup center Robert Williams, 21, may be the answer in a few years, but signing a 29-year-old Kemba Walker means this team wants to win now. Enes Kanter in one of the NBA’s best rebounders but is limited athletically when trying to defend the pick-and-roll and protect the rim. Adams (13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks) would be a major upgrade and allow Kanter to feast on the East’s backup centers.”
In the proposed trade, the Celtics would be sending a trade package featuring Gordon Hayward, Romeo Langford, and a lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for Adams and Dennis Schroder.
Steven Adams is by no means a superstar, but he is one of the best rim protectors in the game and can rack up easy points under the basket. Last season in OKC, he averaged 13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, and a block per game on 59% shooting. Bets of all, he’s only 26-years-old.
A team like Boston, who currently lacks traditional frontcourt pieces, could benefit greatly from his presence. But will the Thunder be willing to let him go?