For years now, the Boston Celtics have constantly been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference contending for another NBA title, but they have not seemed to be able to get back to the NBA Finals.
The Celtics came close a few times over the last handful of years, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, 2018 and 2020, but all three times they were unable to advance to The Finals.
Now, after a season in which they went 36-36 and lost in the first-round of the playoffs to the Brooklyn Nets, the Boston Celtics have re-tooled their roster and have a championship on their mind once again. However, they may still be a piece or two away from being a real threat in the east.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are young, All-Star talents that are leaders of the Celtics and the likes of Marcus Smart, Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Dennis Schroder, Robert Williams and Enes Kanter make up a strong, experienced supporting cast, but Boston still could look to add more talent to their roster at some point during the 2021-22 season.
One of the moves the Celtics made this offseason was to sign-and-trade Evan Fournier to the New York Knicks, resulting in them creating a $17.1M traded player exception.
This will allow them to absorb a player of equal or less salary to their roster with no financial hardship/restrictions, which is why we could see Boston be very aggressive in their hunt for more talent over the course of the 2021-22 season.
Last season around the trade deadline, they had interest in Cleveland’s Larry Nance Jr. and with the Cavaliers not really doing much this offseason, they could be interested in moving the 28-year-old forward for the right price. Now, let’s take a look at a potential trade that would send Nance Jr. to the Boston Celtics.