The Boston Celtics have been one of the most active teams in trade talks with the NBA trade deadline coming up quickly. Danny Ainge would like to make a move to improve their roster depth and give them a better chance to compete in the Eastern Conference. One name that has been connected a lot to the Celtics is Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes.
Barnes would be an ideal fit for the Celtics. He can score the ball, but he does not need to be the focal point of the offense.
One NBA executive weighed in on the rumors connecting Barnes to the Celtics.
“He’s their kind of player, on and off the court,” said a Western Conference executive. “That’s the good news. The bad news for Boston? [Sacramento] knows this, and they’re not going to move him unless they get an offer that moves them.”
While there could be a ton of rumors ahead of the deadline, deals may be hard to come by. Teams are not going to trade players just for the sake of making a move. Just like this situation, the Kings aren’t going to trade Barnes to the Celtics for a cheap price.
So far this season with the Kings, Harrison Barnes has had a solid all-around year. Prior to Sacramento’s win over the Houston Rockets, Barnes was averaging 16.7 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He shot 49.2 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 39.2 percent of his three-point attempts.
At 28 years old, Barnes is in the prime of his career. Being traded to a contender could be exactly what he needs to take his career to the next level.
Being stuck with a struggling franchise like the Kings can have a very negative effect. Simply having a chance to compete at the highest level can bring the best out in a player. Not too long ago, Barnes was one of the top players on an NBA Finals winning Golden State Warriors team.
Expect to hear a lot more about Barnes in the trade rumor mill. A trade to the Celtics could happen, but it won’t come easy for Boston.