The Boston Celtics enter the week of the NBA’s trading deadline with plenty of talent and assets to play with and the need to improve their roster.
When looking at the roster, the Boston Celtics have a lot of talent around the same positions.
With the trade deadline approaching by the end of Thursday’s work-day this week, it has many people wondering if Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are going to be making any big additions to the team. Keep in mind: when you add a player, you also lose a player.
Due to injuries throughout the first half of the season, the Celtics have only seen a small sample size of what their team could become when everyone is healthy. It has forced players like Brad Wanamaker, Grant Williams, and Gordon Hayward to get more minutes than they typically would be seeing this season.
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Also due to injuries, the starting lineup has fluctuated many times this season, but when considering a fully healthy roster and work load for the true starters of the team- Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis- it makes you wonder where everyone else can fit in.
This is the current mindset of many Celtics fans right now, especially around the trade deadline. There’s almost too many players on the roster who bring similar abilities to the table, and because of that, they aren’t really able to see any playing time. For example, Vincent Poirier and Romeo Langford.
Think about it like this. When Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and even Marcus Smart are all healthy, there’s no way Langford is going to see any meaningful minutes. And the same goes for Vincent Poirier, when Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, and Robert Williams are all good to go.
At this point, Grant Williams and Javonte Green have proved themselves to be getting the nod before Langford. Also, Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis aren’t losing any minutes because of Vince Poirier. It forces Langford and Poirier to be included in part of a decent looking trade package that could include another player and a future draft pick.
Before Monday’s game, Danny Ainge joined the Boston Celtics’ Pregame Show on NBC Sports Boston, and discussed how the most important need for his team is health. As well as addressing what many people believe is the team’s weakest link, the center position.
"“I think our No. 1 need is health. I think we’re going to look to see if there’s ways to strengthen the end of our bench. We like all of our guys. We do have probably too many really young guys.”“We’re not getting beat at the center position. We’re getting 17- 18 points per night. We’re getting double-figure rebounds. We’re just doing it as a team.” – Danny Ainge, per Boston Celtics Pregame"
Also on the pregame show, right after he praised how well Gordon Hayward has performed this season, Ainge went on to say that when everyone is healthy on the roster it’s going to eventually take shots away from Gordon Hayward.
That brings up the biggest question of the year. Do the Boston Celtics trade Gordon Hayward?
There are mixed feelings on if the Boston Celtics should part ways with Gordon Hayward or not. He has been the most efficient player on the team this season and is far too valuable for the Celtics to even consider trading him right now. But it all depends what they want to add to their team this season.
Because if the Celtics are interested in upgrading their center position, it seems like a deal could be made without including Gordon Hayward. And if that’s the case then they should do it. But there is always a fear that Hayward will opt out of his contract for next season and then the Celtics are left with nothing in return for an All-Star caliber player.
Gordon Hayward should only be considered in trade negotiations that are for a player who is going to make a difference in the long run, not just for a player who is going to strengthen the end of the bench. Otherwise, the Celtics should just ride this season out with Hayward, as it is his first real season with being 100 percent confident in himself and playing like an All-Star.
Should the Boston Celtics look to improve their center position? Yes, but it doesn’t need to be done at the expense of Gordon Hayward.