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Should the Celtics thirst for PJ Washington? One NBA analyst says yes

Should the Celtics thirst for PJ Washington? One NBA analyst says yes

It may no longer be permitted for teams to trade players for the remainder of the 2022-23 NBA season, but according to Bleacher Reportโ€™s Zach Buckley, if it were still allowed, the Boston Celtics ought to covet Charlotte Hornets big man PJ Washington. The onetime Kentucky standout has been linked to the Celtics in the past and could fill a need for youth in the frontcourt once Al Horford begins to lose a step.

Citing Robert Williams IIIโ€™s recent return to the injury report, Buckley suggests the club might regret not doing more to improve its big rotation. Washingtonโ€™s โ€œversatility would shine at both ends,โ€ per the B/R analyst, with the Hornet swingman offering โ€œan alternative to paying Grant Williams this summer since both are heading to restricted free agency.โ€

โ€œHe works as both a physical 4 or a small-ball 5, and depending on what the night calls for, he can contribute points, rebounds, assists, and 3s,โ€ he adds.

The ask envisioned by Buckley? Reserve guard Payton Pritchard and a lottery-protected 2025 first-round pick, should Charlotte not be primed to pay the big man this summer.

Of course, this is all hypothetical given the collective bargaining agreement would not allow any such deal in the world we live in, but B/R has a solid target in mind for Boston given Washingtonโ€™s skills and Bostonโ€™s needs.

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