It’s NBA Jam time at the 2022 trade deadline. The Celtics trade rumors are heating up.
According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, the Celtics aren’t done trying to make trades after Tuesday night’s three-team deal that brought them big man Bol Bol from the Denver Nuggets. League sources tell Weiss that the Celtics have been discussing potential trades involving veterans Al Horford and Josh Richardson. Horford is guaranteed only $14.5 million in the 2022-23 season, which Weiss believes will make him an attractive trade piece for teams looking to “move off long-term money or take on his salary for an additional asset.”
Weiss reported that the Celtics’ intended target in a trade is another center, even after acquiring the 7-foot-2 Bol. It’s unclear what kind of talent the C’s could get in a deal for Horford and/or Richardson. At this point in their careers, Horford and Richardson would be the same thing for their new team as they are with the Celtics: veteran depth pieces, or assets to facilitate another deal.
Suns center Jalen Smith was part of a recent trade rumor involving the Celtics. So was familiar face Jeff Green, who is on the Nuggets. So perhaps that deal is off the table, now that the C’s have acquired Bol.
There’s still plenty of time before the NBA trade deadline, which passes at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 10. Considering the wheeling & dealing that Brad Stevens has already done in his short time as Celtics President of Basketball Ops, it’s fair to say he may not be done making moves.
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