Celtics Reportedly Expressing Interest in Multiple Rotation Players

NBA Insider reports the Boston Celtics have been active ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Boston Celtics do not have much financial flexibility to trade as a second apron team following their top-six players. However, they do have the Grant Williams’ Traded Player Exception and an open roster spot.

NBA Insider Michael Scotto has reported that Boston has been expressing interest in Kelly Olynyk, Delon Wright, Andre Drummond, and others.

Scotto stated that the Celtics are “looking to package some of their minimum contract players at the end of the rotation and draft pick compensation to bolster their bench heading into the playoffs.

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The Celtics could also package Payton Pritchard and their TPE for a reunion with Olynyk and potentially a piece like Kris Dunn. Though the team proved their ties with the guard after holding onto him through trade rumors since last season and ultimately turning their roster, landing him his deserving role in the second unit. It could be highly unlikely; Pritchard is still only 26 and just signed a team-friendly four-year, $30 million extension that kicks in next year with a bargain of $7.5 million annually.

Drummond would fit Boston’s framework of a deal including draft compensation, the TPE being sent out with the stance of the Chicago Bulls. They could also potentially include their minimum contracts as well. The 30-year-old veteran is on an expiring contract worth $3.3 million.

Wright is on an expiring worth $8.1 million, making him likely the most difficult to acquire. It would even be difficult to include Pritchard, as he is in the final year of his rookie deal and his extension does not kick in until next season.

There has been noise of the C’s looking to add to their bench since the beginning of the season, when senior NBA Insider Shams Charania first stated that Boston will be active ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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