Boston Celtics Most Likely to Be Traded Before the Deadline

January 5th, 2016 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics have evolved from a curious project to a legitimate force in the Eastern Conference, but that only increases the urgency to acquire reinforcements.

Perhaps the Celtics didn't anticipate that head coach Brad Stevens could get his young players to perform at such a high level this early. Now that Boston is in the thick of the surprisingly cutthroat playoff race for a second year in a row, the front office has to entertain every possible move.

The Feb. 19 trade deadline is far away, but discussions tend to pick up as the league collectively turns over a new leaf in January. Teams discover their strengths and flaws, and identifying players who can plug holes becomes easier.

In a vacuum, none of the Celtics' players are untouchable. If the right superstar becomes available, Boston likely wouldn't think twice about sacrificing a key cog. However, general manager Danny Ainge also has plenty of attractive draft picks at his disposal, which could allow him to keep his core intact even in the case of a blockbuster.

Chris Forsberg of suggested that Ainge could pursue deals more active ...

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