2022 Boston Celtics Trade Preliminary Deadline

2022 Boston Celtics Trade Preliminary Deadline

The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away on February 10 at 3:00 PM ET. It is the last chance for teams to reconfigure their roster in a beneficial way for the 2021-22 season.

As for the Boston Celtics, we don’t know yet what the deadline might bring. Will they be buyers looking to boost a playoff? Will they be sellers looking to reposition for off-season moves?

We can say with some confidence (heavy focus on some) that Boston won’t blow up their list on the deadline. this summer? maybe. But making huge changes to the roster in general is very difficult to change in the season.

With all that said, here is the position of the Celtics as the trade deadline approaches, who they might target and what Brad Stevens is working with to make the trades.

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· Jason Tatum

Jaylyn Brown

Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown are as close to touching as any Celtics. It’s really untouchable, because Brad Stevens wouldn’t hang up if asked about any of the guys. But Stevens would demand a very large sum for either man. We’re not going to spend much time here, because gallons of hypothetical ink have been poured around the Trouble-0-7 division and Boston continues to point out that they have no real interest in sending out any of the packages.

(But check back this summer, waiting for this season to end!)

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hard to move

Marcus Smart

· Robert Williams

Josh Richardson

Marcus Smart is hard to move because he’s probably worth more to Boston than anyone else. Solving four years and $77 million may also be tricky, because not every team will view this deal as positive value. Ultimately, Smart isn’t off the table, but unless something is combined into a larger package, it probably isn’t going anywhere.

(Note: Due to the date he signed the extension, Smart is not eligible to trade until January 25th)

It’s tough to transfer Robert Williams for CBA-related reason, but more than the fact that it looks like a steal on a four-year, $48 million extension starting in 2022-23. Williams has played really well and seems to be a big part of the heart of Boston going forward. He is a defensive anchor and vertical threat and continues to finish his offensive game.

The truth is that even if Brad Stevens wanted to move Williams, it’s hard to trade in. Williams is banned from poison pills due to his extension. This means that on the Celtics side of the deal, Williams accounts for his current salary of $3.7 million. For the acquiring team, Williams counts as an average this season and spans at $10.3 million. This $6.6 million difference can be tricky to overcome when compiling a trade.

Josh Richardson is in a strange place. Despite information to the contrary elsewhere, Richardson is qualified to trade and has always been. Its one-year extension of $12.2 million did not cause any kind of limitation. The bigger issue is giving value to Richardson. He did well with Boston, but that’s after two bad seasons with Philadelphia and Dallas. Because of his contract size and role, Richardson will probably stick with it unless Stevens builds some kind of major trade package.

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Hard Trade Vet


It’s not that Boston would hesitate to trade the Horfords. It’s the nature of his contract where things get tough. $27 million is a lot to move around, but it’s not impossible. This will only mean that it is a fairly big deal for the Celtics to get involved in. In 2022-23, Horford is only partially guaranteed $14.5 million. That’s still too much of a significant portion of the change to even be considered a bogus expired deal.

On the playing field, Horford is like listening to someone speak live when you’re listening to them twice as fast on a podcast: It’s a bit like, but feels a lot slower. Horford is still able to defend, but it’s more about hitting the big boys than switching guards and wings now. He could still pass and handle it, but the scoring wasn’t what it used to be.

Horford will probably last until at least the end of the season, because there is unlikely to be a deal that makes sense by the deadline.

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Very vets to trade

· Dennis Schroeder

Freedom Ines

Juancho Hernangomes

Each of these players is tradable for a different reason. Obviously, Dennis Schroeder is the best player in this group by a good margin as well. He is a productive bench scorer and has a good contract. the challenge? It’s a one-year deal and the Celtics can only give Schroeder a small raise if they want to re-sign him. This makes it very likely that Brad Stevens will consider his move. If the Boston team turns it into records over the next four weeks, and it looks like they’ve come up with a real watershed solution, and Schroeder is a big part of that, he probably stays. If none of these things materialize, Schroeder will likely need to go.

Enes Freedom is a very simple case. It is on a minimum contract. Any team in the league can get Freedom without returning a real asset. It probably isn’t going anywhere, because there isn’t a huge market for backup centers that can’t defend. If Stevens needs to put it into a deal to make the math or list numbers work, he will.

The bet here is that Juancho Hernangomes is most likely to trade Celtic on the deadline. Hernangomez has little commercial value for a play, but his $7 million deal is a really cool piece to match the salary in a potential deal. And his $7.5 million contract for 2022-23 is completely unsecured, making Hernangomez a near-expired deal. If nothing else, Boston will pay a second-round rebuilding team to dump Hernangomes’ salaries in a move to avoid taxes.

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Romeo Langford

· Aaron Nesmith

Payton Pritchard

Grant Williams

This is where it gets really complicated for Brad Stevens. None of these players played well enough to have significant commercial value. However, they all remain interesting enough that Boston shouldn’t look to get rid of them. The third complicating factor: Other than Grant Williams, none of the other three were able to break the spin consistently.

Romeo Langford is probably the most likely to trade in this group. He is eligible for an extension in the off-season, but has been unable to accumulate more than a few good games in a row. Usually it’s injuries that prevent this from happening, but this season the play has been inconsistent. Since his trade value is very neutral, Langford would be better off having an entry pitch to make the trade work. This is especially true if the Celtics don’t want to deal with extension talks this summer.

Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard each have two more years left on their junior scale trades. Neither is eligible for an extension through 2023. There is still plenty of time to find out exactly what Boston has in both. There were flashes for sure, but nothing sustainable enough to earn her spin points. Neither of them will likely go anywhere, because giving up team control of former first-round players isn’t something you do until their futures are truly in question.

After the mayhem of his sophomore season, it’s hard to believe Grant Williams has the most consistent role and the most commercial value of this quartet. But after slimming down to be more versatile, Williams has done pretty well. He is a rotation player and the main supporter behind Al Horford and Robert Williams. Some even believe Grant Williams should take Horford’s place at the start. It’s hard to imagine any trade coming up as Williams moves the needle enough to send him on his way.

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the others

Bruno Fernando

· Sam Hauser

Broderick Thomas

This is short and simple: none of these people are trading. Fernando could be a math throw-in or to solve an existing problem, but that’s about it. As of this moment, a two-way player has yet to be traded and it is unlikely that Hauser or Thomas will be the first.

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Draft Snapshots

Traded Players Exceptions

Open a spot in the menu

The Celtics have all of their picks in the first round. In what still seems impossible after years of “bonus” picks, Boston has no additional first-round picks. However, having all of your choices is valuable, as this allows you to view a business proposition that goes beyond just the players involved.

In the second round, the picture was more blurred. Without going into intricate detail, the Celtics will have five future picks in the second round. None of the teams rebuild in either of the next two seasons. Basically: Boston could give up an option or two if they need to get rid of the paycheck. But none of these choices returns anything of value directly.

A year after holding the largest rolling player exception (TPE) in NBA history after signing and trading Gordon Hayward, Boston has remained rich in TPEs once again. They have $17.1 million TPE from Evan Fournier to sign and trade, $9.7 million TPE from Tristan Thompson trade and $5.1 million TPE from Kemba Walker trade. Celtics also have two small TPEs that are virtually unusable and you don’t have to worry about them.

Important things to remember about TPEs: They cannot be grouped together or with the player’s salary. They must be used by themselves. TPE can be split for multiplayer. TPE can also be used to claim a waiver to the player.

Another “asset” that the Celtics have is that they are sitting out in the open on the roster. This may not sound like much, but when you start talking about unbalanced 2-vs-1 or 3-vs-2 deals, it can help move things along a lot easier than when the deal involves giving up a player to complete the deal.

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· go for it

· rebuild

Choosing a trend, or forcing a trend, is critical over the next few weeks. If the Celtics finally start playing well, Brad Stevens may see this team as worthy of the playoff investment.

2020-21 halfway through is nothing to get excited about, but Boston have been winning at a slightly better rate recently. The schedule remains very favorable the rest of the year. And the list in Best Health has been around for quite some time.

On the flip side, if the Celtics are squabbling along the trade deadline, it’s time to start moving in a different direction. No, this is not a “blow it up” situation. This will have to wait until the end of the season for maximum effectiveness. But some vets’ removal is effective for several reasons.

First, if they weren’t a playoff team, whatever Boston could get for Dennis Schroeder would be a bonus. He’s probably gone anyway, so secondary assets are good in return. If Al Horford could return anything of value, that would be great too.

Second, removing these vets frees up children’s playtime. If there’s no playoff in the cards, start figuring out what you have in the kids.

Finally, no matter the direction, Juancho Hernangomes has to go. It is either salary matching in a trade to provide assistance or dumping his contract to avoid or reduce tax is of prime importance.

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Harrison Barnes

Grammy Grant

Diaron Fox

· Terence Ross

· Robin Lopez


Eric Gordon

Trail Blazers

· John Collins

Jeff Green

· Galen Smith

In the coming days, we’ll have a whole separate article dealing with the players mentioned above and why they may or may not make sense for the Celtics. The main thing to note is that none of these players make sense unless the Boston team is going for it and making a playoff push. If the Celtics are headed into a reset, the big deals can wait until this summer.

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