At five games over .500 heading into a critical game with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics are in an interesting spot as the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaches.
With rumors swirling into this week, Boston could adjust its roster in a number of ways before a potential playoff run. Longtime NBA columnist Jackie MacMullan provided insight on the Celtics’ possible deadline plans in an appearance on the Bill Simmons Podcast on Monday.
“Everything that I have heard about the Celtics is that they are not going to do anything big,” MacMullan said. “They are going to hang on to Tatum and Brown.”
With that said, forward Grant Williams may just be the player to watch. Williams is averaging 7.3 points per game with 3.3 rebounds per game on an average of 23 points per game.
MacMullan discussed her perspective on a possible Williams trade, and the value he would bring back.
“The one thing I’ve heard that I don’t like is the possibility that they’re moving Grant Williams,” said MacMullan. “I think [Williams] has had a really good year. He’s the only guy hitting threes for you. You better get a shooter back if you’re going to trade Grant Williams.”
In addition, Jared Weiss reported in The Athletic that the Milwaukee Bucks have shown interest in Williams. Dennis Schröder’s name also continues to come up in reported trade talks.
The 6-foot-6 Williams is under team control through next season. He is set to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2023, barring a $6.2 million qualifying offer. Williams’ future in Boston could ultimately be decided in two days’ time.
The NBA trade deadline comes Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
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