With free agency just a few days away, I thought I’d write a few articles talking about the players who I believe the Boston Celtics can look to add to their roster next season via trade. With roughly $34M in cap space, the Celtics can make a few big moves this offseason. Whether it’s giving most of that money to one player, splitting it up, or using it up by acquiring a player in a trade, the Celtics have options. Here I’ll talk about one player who I think the Celtics can go after: Clint Capela.
Let me start by saying this: if there is a center on the trade block that the Celtics need to go after, it’s Clint Capela. We’ve already heard rumors about the Boston Celtics looking to acquire Capela from the Rockets, who are also trying to dump the contracts of Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker as well. The Celtics have many reasons why they want to add Capela to the roster.
Where do I start? Well, last season Capela put up averages of 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 65% from the field. He runs the floor, plays around the rim, and is the perfect center to compliment players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Did I mention he’s only going to be making roughly $15M next season, and the most he’ll make over the next four years is a little over $18M? Clint Capela would be an absolute steal for Boston.
With Kemba Walker likely on his way to Boston, this trade will become a lot tougher. The Celtics do have around $34M in cap space right now, but if they sign Kemba to a four-year, $141M max deal, they’ll only have a few million left in cap and the mid-level exception to work with. To make a deal work, the Celtics would most likely have to be involved in the three-team trade mentioned above. They can absorb Capela’s contract, but would probably have to give up a pick and players with low-end contracts (Yabu, Semi, etc.).
This could all be easier if Gordon Hayward was shipped to Philly as apart of the three-team deal, but that’s unlikely to happen. Danny Ainge likely won’t trade away Hayward, especially after what he’s been through the past two years. Gordon Hayward will play at least another year in Boston, unless a deal comes up that Ainge can’t turn away.
Another player I wouldn’t worry about trading away is Jaylen Brown. If Danny Ainge didn’t trade Jaylen Brown for either Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, what makes you think he’d trade Jaylen for Capela? Not to belittle Capela, but if Danny Ainge wouldn’t trade Jaylen for a superstar, he’s not trading him to a team who is literally just trying to dump Capela’s contract.
Although it can be tricky, Danny Ainge always has something up his sleeve. If Kemba Walker does indeed sign with Boston, which is looking more and more likely as we get closer to free agency, Danny Ainge wouldn’t be done making moves. He knows the Celtics most significant need is a big man, and he’ll take care of it.
Clint Capela would be the perfect big man to put next to Tatum, Brown, and Walker. If the Celtics acquire Capela via trade, Boston’s going to be a great team next year. The bench would be a little suspect, but the starting lineup would be good enough to compete in the Eastern Conference.
Last week, Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics were presumed dead when we heard Al Horford and Kyrie Irving were on their way out. Look at us now. Never doubt Danny Ainge, you never know what that man has up his sleeve.
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