Celtics need a big man
Celtics team president Danny Ainge is simply trying to keep his guys motivated, as he believes the season will resume and wants to be ready for that moment. We are having conference calls where we have guest speakers, motivational speakers, that address all of our guys on Zoom. We are doing workouts with the coaches and with the strength coaches via Zoom and so forth. He was a lot of fun. Our players got a good kick out of him.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Do the Celtics need to trade for Kevin Love or another big man to be contenders? - The Jump
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After making the playoffs last year for the first time since , a disappointing campaign reportedly has the Detroit Pistons shopping big man Andre Drummond. He also said that the Pistons are talking to "several other teams" about a possible deal for the two-time All-Star and perennial NBA rebounding leader.
Drummond is having a monster year statistically, averaging a career-high in points and steals, and close to a career-high in rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. He's also showcased an advanced offensive skillset when All-Star Blake Griffin has intermittently missed time this season.
So why would Detroit look to trade him? First, they appear to be going nowhere. Injuries have ravaged the team's already slim hopes of making significant noise in the top-heavy Eastern Conference, and Pistons owner Tom Gores said their lack of success has forced the team to "assess everything" leading up to the Feb. The prevailing belief is that Drummond will opt out of that deal and look to secure more annual salary or a longer-term deal -- or both.
Either way, if the Pistons keep him this season, they risk losing him for nothing this summer. Here is a look at a few teams who could be in the running to complete a deal for Drummond, starting with the aforementioned Hawks, Celtics, Mavericks and Raptors. Why Drummond makes sense: The Hawks are reeling with the NBA's worst record, and a "high-ranking team official" reportedly told Trae Young in December that they would get him more help. John Collins returned from his suspension and has put up solid numbers, but that hasn't turned around Atlanta's consistent losing.
So it makes sense that they're looking toward Drummond as a 6-foot life raft. Offensively, they're 23rd in the NBA in scoring around the basket, averaging 1. On the defensive side, they're 21st in the league, allowing 1.
Drummond clearly fills those holes as a finisher, a defensive rim protector and an elite rebounder. At 26 years old, Drummond also relatively matches the timeline for Young, Collins and the rest of the Hawks' young nucleus.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports also reports that Drummond and Young are close friends , which could be relevant in Atlanta's attempt to keep their franchise guard happy. Why Drummond makes sense: When everyone is healthy, the Celtics are currently playing Marcus Smart as their crunch-time center. While this might be fun and effective in the regular season, it's hard to imagine that being a sustainable strategy in the playoffs against some of the East's best rim-scorers like Giannis Antetokounmpo , Joel Embiid , Bam Adebayo and Domantas Sabonis.
Therefore adding a center of Drummond's size and capabilities to bolster their rotation makes total sense. The problem is, they need to match Drummond's salary. In order to do that, they'll need to involve one or more of Kemba Walker , Gordon Hayward , Smart, Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown in the deal, unless they trade away half of their roster.
The more likely scenario would be involving a third team, with the Celtics using one of their more enticing draft assets to sweeten the deal for the Pistons. Luka Doncic has helped make players like Dwight Powell 1. Drummond would also help solidify the middle of the Mavericks defense alongside Porzingis, who has been excellent in that regard this season. The deal might not be as enticing to the Pistons, however, as the Mavericks owe their and first-round draft picks to the Knicks because of the Porzingis trade.
Why Drummond makes sense: Toronto has struck gold with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in the middle, but both of them are on expiring contracts this season. The Raptors are still in the thick of the Eastern Conference race, so they're not likely to sell off Gasol and Ibaka solely for future assets -- they'd need a win-now player in return.
Drummond fits the bill and would give the Raptors a year-old center to form the future core of the franchise alongside Pascal Siakam and possibly Fred VanVleet. The Raptors have interesting young players and draft capital to make a deal work along with one of either Gasol or Ibaka.
Why Drummond makes sense: The Wizards pulled off a miracle by getting Bradley Beal to sign an extension in Washington before the start of this season, but now it's their job to keep him there. His current core of young teammates is less than exciting, with Rui Hachimura the only player looking like a possible future All-Star -- and that could be a stretch. If John Wall is even close to his old self when he eventually returns, Drummond could be the perfect running mate for the Wizards' potentially dynamic backcourt.
Washington is on pace to have by far the worst defensive rating in the NBA since the season, according to Basketball Reference , and they're also dead last in the NBA in rebounding percentage -- so Drummond would fill obvious needs there. More than the production, however, this would be a move to give Wizards fans hope. They could sell their fan base on a potential "big three" of Beal, Wall and Drummond with emerging players like Davis Bertans , Troy Brown, Hachimura and Thomas Bryant filling in the blanks.
It would be a lot better than what they have now, that's for sure. Why Drummond makes sense: The Hornets have been better than some expected this season, but they're clearly still a long way from contention with their current roster. With the emergence of Devonte' Graham and PJ Washington, the Hornets could convince themselves that adding Drummond to replace the center platoon of Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo would be a big enough upgrade to put them back into playoff contention almost immediately.
The Hornets have plenty of expiring contracts, young assets and draft capital to get a deal done if they think it's worth their while.
Charlotte is 28th in the NBA in rebound percentage and 27th in defense, so it's not hard to see why a Drummond deal would be appealing. Up next:. See All Newsletters. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. There was an error processing your subscription. Our Latest Stories. Jordan resisted triangle offense Jordan was reluctant to have the ball taken out of his hands. Koepka once trash talked Jordan The star golfer wasn't afraid to throw a little bit of shade at the Chicago Bulls legend.
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Currently third in the Eastern Conference , the Boston Celtics are in a pretty good spot. The constant concern and talking point surrounding this team is the fact that they lack a serious presence in the paint both offensively and defensively. They are 15th in the NBA in defensive rebounding.
The Boston Celtics have stumbled out of the starting gate, and it is largely because of their weak interior defense. Not only is the team and fourth in the Atlantic Division, but they are the worst rebounding team in the league. Fortunately for general manager Danny Ainge, there are plenty of big men available who could help the Celtics in a heartbeat. Kenyon Martin has yet to be signed by a team, and leading rebounder Anderson Varejao may be on the block via probasketballtalk.
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After making the playoffs last year for the first time since , a disappointing campaign reportedly has the Detroit Pistons shopping big man Andre Drummond. He also said that the Pistons are talking to "several other teams" about a possible deal for the two-time All-Star and perennial NBA rebounding leader. Drummond is having a monster year statistically, averaging a career-high in points and steals, and close to a career-high in rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. He's also showcased an advanced offensive skillset when All-Star Blake Griffin has intermittently missed time this season. So why would Detroit look to trade him? First, they appear to be going nowhere. Injuries have ravaged the team's already slim hopes of making significant noise in the top-heavy Eastern Conference, and Pistons owner Tom Gores said their lack of success has forced the team to "assess everything" leading up to the Feb. The prevailing belief is that Drummond will opt out of that deal and look to secure more annual salary or a longer-term deal -- or both.
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Enes Kanter fires back at haters saying Celtics need another big man
There was a time when the Celtics had visions of unfurling perhaps the most dominant frontline in the NBA this season. With Al Horford under contract for another year, Boston having the shiniest collection of assets to trade for Anthony Davis, and a rising star in Jayson Tatum, the possibilities seemed endless. But very little went according to plan last year, on the court or off.
Kevin Garnett could rebound with the best of them, but his ability to roll to the basket in addition to hurting teams with his pick-and-pop shooting, were just some of the skills on display that will someday land him a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Fast forward to today where you have centers with legitimate 3-point shooting range like Kelly Olynyk who connected on a career-high As Boston embarks on free agency which officially begins at midnight tonight, the Celtics will give some thought to adding at least one big man whose strengths in this league revolve around one or more of the aforementioned traits. The 6-foot forward saw his most significant action in the NBA this past season for Phoenix and for the most part made the most of it. In 67 games 27 starts , Leuer averaged My oh my how the mighty have fallen.
We are about one-third of the way into the NBA season and I have more doubts about the Boston Celtics now than before the season started. On paper, that is not too shabby. However, taking a deeper look into their early-season success, there are some red flags. First, despite their record, the Celtics are just against current playoff teams. Second, there is a gigantic gap in the interior. Once you look past Smart, the bench looks even more scarce.
The Boston Celtics were not strangers to the trade market to the trade market this past offseason. However, no major impact players were brought in. Aron Baynes was the most significant pieces traded away. With Al Horford also leaving the team via free agency, the Celtics now lack any strong two-way presence at their center position.
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Boston Celtics: 3 players who need a big final month
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