The 2022 NBA offseason is starting to wind down as the Boston Celtics and the rest of the league begin to finalize their rosters for the 2022-23 season about to start up with preseason games just a few weeks distant from the present.
But that doesn’t mean that the Celtics (or any team) is done making moves, which has some analysts trying to predict what might (and what should) happen as far potential trades the teams of the NBA ought to be considering. One such analyst is Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, who put together a deal for every team in the league that each ought to, in his estimation, make.
Let’s take a look at what he had in mind for the Celtics.
“The Celtics should be on the lookout for backup forwards now that Danilo Gallinari could miss the entire season with a torn ACL,” suggests the B/R analyst. “Finding one without parting with any rotation players or first-round picks should be the priority, keeping the team’s present and future intact.”
“(The Utah Jazz’ Rudy) Gay would be a low-cost option, as the 36-year-old forward fits into a $6.9 million trade exception the Celtics possess from a previous Juancho Hernangomez trade.”
“Utah shouldn’t ask for much in return, as they’d likely be happy just to dump his remaining two-year, $12.6 million contract from their rebuilding roster,” adds Swartz.
“The veteran forward averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 18.9 minutes primarily as a reserve, hitting 34.5% of his 3s. Utah was 3.6 points per 100 possessions better with Gay on the floor, a sign he can still make a positive impact in limited minutes.”
“Utah gets a future protected second-round pick, but primarily does the deal to save money, open a roster spot and create a new $6.1 million trade exception it can use some time over the next calendar year,” suggests the author.
While 34.5% from deep is a far cry from what Boston hoped to get from Gallo, the former UConn standout has a little game left in him as well as some veteran leadership to bring to the table.
While we think Swartz’ suggestion of a second with top-55 protection a fair deal given what both sides need next season, we suspect there may be a better value worth investing in to become available should the Celtics not be able to find an answer internally.
That said, we’d also keep this move on speed dial should no such…