Danny Ainge could be looking to add another huge addition to the Boston Celtics’ roster in the near future. According to Brandon Robinson, the senior writer for Heavy, Danny Ainge may have his sights set on acquiring Bradley Beal or Karl-Anthony Towns via trade.
The Celtics are one key player away from being considered one of the upper-tier teams in the NBA. Boston lacks that second superstar, for now, and could be looking to trade for one to pair with Kemba Walker.
It’s no surprise that any trade package coming from Boston would be centered around Jaylen Brown. He has been offered a contract extension by the Celtics for around $80M over four years, but he’s likely going to decline that in hopes of signing a bigger contract next offseason.
Losing a player like Marcus Smart would be absolutely heartwrenching, but he has the perfect contract to make salaries work in a trade. Marcus is the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics, but Danny Ainge isn’t afraid of making a blockbuster trade, even if it means parting away with a fan favorite. If Danny traded away Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Isaiah Thomas, he wouldn’t have a hard time trading away Marcus Smart.
Let’s talk about what the Celtics would be getting in return if either trade hypothetically went through. Bradley Beal is on the verge of becoming a superstar. He’s played all 82 games the past two seasons and has been selected as an All Star for each one. Last season he averaged nearly 26 points (48 FG%/35 3P%), 5.5 assists, and five rebounds a game.
Bradley Beal would be the perfect complimentary piece for Kemba Walker, who’s coming off a career year himself. Jayson Tatum and Beal are best friends, dating back to their high school days. They’re both from St. Louis, as well. All three of them on the same roster would be an offensive juggernaut. The chemistry would be there, and you’d have three guys who could put up 20 points a night.
Karl-Anthony Towns is on a whole ‘nother level, if you ask me. Towns has consistently been one of the best big men in the league since he was drafted by Minnesota in 2015.
During his four-year career, he’s only missed five games. He has averaged at least 21 points and 12 rebounds over his past three seasons. He is a career 39% shooter from three and has averaged about a block and a half a game as well.
First of all, Towns would be a great fit in the Celtics’ system. Brad Stevens is given a 7-foot big man who can hit threes at a very consistent rate and be a presence in the paint. Second of all, the Celtics finally get a big man that can go up against the other bigs in the Eastern Conference. In case you were wondering, Enes Kanter won’t get the job done in that department.
Who knows how much truth there is to these rumors, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Bradley Beal most likely won’t sign an extension with Washington, so they may look to move him before he walks away in free agency for nothing.
This upcoming season is the first of Karl-Anthony Towns’ five-year extension with Minnesota. He’s signed on for five more seasons, but he could look to get traded if the Timberwolves continue to be a below-average team and keep missing the playoffs.
Both situations are different but can open the door for Danny Ainge to swoop in and pull off yet another blockbuster trade. Danny isn’t afraid of trading away fan favorites if it means his team gets significantly better.
I’d take these rumors with a grain of salt for now, but always expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to Danny Ainge and the Celtics.
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