The Boston Celtics are currently 15-17 and have lost their last three games. Despite having an elite wing duo in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics are now below .500. That is not a good look for a team with two current All-Stars and a former All-Star in Kemba Walker. The Celtics need to improve quickly and compete for a championship.
The Boston Celtics should go all-in on a championship, and trade for a third superstar who can slot in next to Tatum and Brown. They are not currently good enough to win a series against the heavyweights of the Eastern Conference. More star power generally leads to better chances at a championship.
The player that will most likely be in any trade package is Kemba Walker since sending out his contract would likely be required in order to trade for any superstar. On top of Kemba Walker, the Boston Celtics can offer a solid combination of young prospects and picks. The young prospects they have on the roster include players like Payton Pritchard, Robert Williams, Grant Williams, and Aaron Nesmith. The picks they could send out include their 2021 and 2022 first-round picks, as well as second-round picks in 2021 and 2023. The second-round pick in 2021 would be from Oklahoma City, while the one in 2023 would come from Dallas, Miami, or Houston. Now that we've covered most of the pieces that could be included in a trade package, here are the best superstars that the Boston Celtics should target.
3. Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis could be a solid acquisition for the Boston Celtics. Kristaps Porzingis would provide the elite big man that the Boston Celtics have been lacking this year. Kristaps Porzingis would also work well with two ball-dominant stars due to his elite shooting from the perimeter. Porzingis' size could be useful where the two main big men are Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson. They are both solid players, but every team needs a big man with size in order to match up with certain players, such as Joel Embiid.
While Kristaps Porzingis is an amazing player, the Dallas Mavericks could be tempted to trade him if the Boston Celtics offer some talented young pieces, along with a solid veteran in Kemba Walker. A possible trade package would involve Walker, along with Payton Pritchard and Robert Williams as the players in the trade. The Boston Celtics would also have to send out a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick in the trade. Walker would bring a solid veteran presence to the Mavericks, while Payton Pritchard and Robert Williams would get more developmental minutes on the roster. This would be a solid deal for the Dallas Mavericks while helping the Boston Celtics their third star.
2. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal is one of the best shooting guards in the league and is currently leading the league in scoring, with 32.7 PPG. Bradley Beal could provide another dominant scoring presence for the Boston Celtics, and help them create a superteam. Bradley Beal would be able to play for a winning team in Boston and compete for a championship. Beal has never had the chance to truly compete for a ring with the Washington Wizards. The Boston Celtics would be an attractive destination for the shooting guard, who is just entering his prime. If Beal were to be traded to the Boston Celtics, then Jayson Tatum would likely be the primary facilitator on the team, similar to LeBron James on the Lakers.
Bradley Beal would require all of the assets that the Boston Celtics would be willing to offer. Let's remember, that the James Harden trade required the Brooklyn Nets to send three first-round picks and four pick swaps. It is only natural for Bradley Beal to also require a huge trade package. The Boston Celtics would likely have to send out most of their young prospects, along with Kemba Walker. The Boston Celtics could also elect to send out Marcus Smart instead of Kemba Walker, to avoid giving the Washington Wizards two point guards. If the Wizards do accept the package with Walker, they could probably trade Russell Westbrook for younger players to fully start their rebuild.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns is a player who has been on a losing franchise for most of his career. The Timberwolves have made the playoffs only once under Karl-Anthony Towns' tenure, and a large part of that has been the franchise being unable to get Towns the help that he requires. On the Boston Celtics, Towns would get some of the offensive support that he has lacked over the years. Karl-Anthony Towns is a superstar that needs to be put on the right team to succeed in the postseason, and the Boston Celtics could be that team. Karl-Anthony Towns fits all the boxes that they need on the offensive end: a dominant athletic presence on the inside, as well as elite shooting ability. Karl-Anthony Towns is the perfect center to pair with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Karl-Anthony Towns would require a premier offer from the Boston Celtics. It would be similar to the Bradley Beal offer, with Kemba Walker being the centerpiece, along with all of their assets. The Celtics would essentially give the Minnesota Timberwolves some solid prospects for their future. The Timberwolves would also have D'Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley under contract still, giving them some players to build around. The Celtics would in turn get a superstar that would be their third scorer and solid rim protector. Karl-Anthony Towns would be the dream target for the Boston Celtics, and they could try to chase him before the trade deadline.
There are other options on the table for the Boston Celtics if a potential trade for a superstar fails. The key need for the Boston Celtics is a solid big man. There are plenty of options around the league. Nikola Vucevic and LaMarcus Aldridge are both trade options for the Boston Celtics, ones that would require fewer trade pieces to acquire than a superstar. Andre Drummond could potentially be an option via buyout as well. There are plenty of elite veteran big men around the league.
An intriguing player the Boston Celtics could push for is John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks. Collins is on an expiring contract, and perhaps a salary match and multiple picks could make a deal work between the Hawks and the Celtics. He would be a big man that would match the timeline of their young players, and could potentially develop into a star.
What's Next For The Celtics?
The Boston Celtics have two talented All-NBA caliber talents, and Danny Ainge needs to help them succeed in bringing a championship to Boston. Trading for a superstar is one way to potentially increase their odds of winning. While it is uncertain whether the Boston Celtics will make a move before the trade deadline, they have the assets to make some big moves.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can be the two main scorers on a team, but the Celtics need that extra piece to push them over the top. The Boston Celtics will always be competitive, but to win a championship, it seems like they must make some moves.