Prior to this year's NBA Trade Deadline, BasketballNews.com
rounded up its writers and asked them to share their thoughts and
predictions ahead of Thursday's flurry of moves. Over the next few
days, we'll be dropping a number of these Roundtable articles.
Today, we asked our staffers:
Which team is in
desperate need of a trade?
Nekias Duncan: Though I have my doubts about a Kyle Lowry deal
getting done, Toronto absolutely should opt to take a step back.
This season has never really been fair to them: relocation,
injuries, COVID. On the flip side, they’re now presented with an
opportunity to sell high on at least one of Lowry or Norman Powell,
nab a high lottery pick, and retool for next season and
Spencer Davies: If
your answer isn’t the Boston Celtics here, you’d be crazy.
Understanding how much COVID protocols, the recovery process,
injury and lineup inconsistencies have affected their season, there
is no reason a team with two All-Stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen
Brown should have a sub-.500 record. Our Ethan Fuller detailed the issues in his latest
breakdown of the C's obsession with isolation offense; there’s
a lack of ball movement. Is there a player out there that fixes
that issue alone? No. But a Harrison Barnes certainly wouldn’t
hurt, nor would a George Hill-type.
After losing 12 of 14 games, the Toronto Raptors should be active
before the deadline. They should get as much as they can for Kyle
Lowry rather losing him for nothing this offseason when he hits
unrestricted free agency. Also, Norman Powell is playing his way
into a huge payday this offseason, so trading him now may be
Toronto's best move (if they aren't interested in matching the
offers he's bound to receive). The Boston Celtics are an obvious
pick to shake things up, but Toronto stands out to me.
Boston. The Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last
season and are the East's biggest underachievers. In fact, nobody
is a close second (thanks to Nate McMillan in Atlanta). They are
one game under .500 and need someone who can give them what Gordon
Hayward gave them a year ago. Kemba Walker has never been a great
shooter, but 39 percent this season is not getting it done. I would
not be surprised to see Danny Ainge trade him.
I’d probably say the Celtics. When I look at the standings, they
strike me as being the biggest underachiever relative to the
expectations, and while that can be partially explained by their
injury misfortunes, they’re simply too talented to be the eighth
seed out East. Fortunately, the Celtics have some assets that they
could package in an attempt to land an impact player... Hopefully,
for their sake, they manage to do something that’ll change their
Honestly, quite a few teams need to make a move, but I'd pick the
Celtics as a standout team right now. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown
are certified young stars, yet this team hangs below .500 over
halfway through the season. Danny Ainge has also publicly criticized the makeup of
the roster. Now he has to back up his criticisms and bring in
Danny Cunningham: There are a few teams that come to mind. The
Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics certainly qualify, but the
Denver Nuggets look like a team that needs a bit more to reach the
level they were able to get to last year during the playoffs. If
the Nuggets are going to only go as far as Nikola Jokic can take
them, the playoffs probably won’t be as fun this year as they were
Jannelle Moore: The Golden State Warriors are
in desperate need for a trade for the present and their immediate
future. They need help offensively to make a significant push to
avoid the play-in tournament this year and to solidify depth next
year. However, I don't believe they will do much (if anything at
all) because of salary-cap constraints, and not to mention taking
their time in finding players that will fit.
Jonathan Concool: The Boston Celtics have
underachieved in just about every way this season; they currently
sit at 21-22 on the season, which is tied for seventh in the
Eastern Conference. The Celtics are a year removed from being a top
three-team in the conference, and with their roster not changing
much from last season, there are a lot of questions surrounding the
team. I expect Danny Ainge to be very active this week in trying to
acquire a notable player like Aaron Gordon or Jerami Grant.
Sharon Brown: The Boston Celtics need a big
rebounder to help them in the postseason. The Celtics received a
$28.5 million Traded Player Exception when Gordon Hayward was
traded to the Charlotte Hornets via a sign-and-trade. Nikola
Vucevic from Orlando might be what they're missing (although the
Orlando Magic may not be willing to part with him). Vooch is
averaraging 24.6 points and 11.8 rebounds.
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