The Boston Celtics are a team that could look to make a splash at the NBA trade deadline. They are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference but have been off to an inconsistent start to the season. If they want to change their fortune down the stretch, they could look to improve different positions on the floor.
Specifically, Boston could use help in the frontcourt and it’s been mentioned in NBA trade rumors that adding ‘shooting with size’ will be a priority. This was a huge need for them entering the offseason but they made minimal effort to improve. Tristan Thompson was there a big free-agent signing and that has not looked like the right move.
With the departure of Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets, the Celtics lack the complementary impact from the perimeter they benefited from having alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Boston must find an identity with a more modern option on the wing than playing big.
This is where the Portland Trail Blazers could come in to play. The NBA trade rumors involving Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have quieted down and rightfully so. It is unlikely that Portland looks to move either one of their dynamic duo at the deadline given the success they’ve achieved.
Another player to keep an eye on in NBA trade rumors is Robert Covington. He is commonly revered as a high-level ‘3-and-D’ wing player and while his defensive contributions have remained strong, his execution on offense has slipped as of late.
Boston could contact Portland about Covington if he is on the market. Let’s take a look at what it might take to get him to Boston.