Boston Celtics Rumors: 2 trades that would improve the team’s offense

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Reggie Jackson #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates a there point basket by Luke Kennard #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Boston Celtics trade No. 2

First, I’ll give credit where credit is due to a user named MikeySpags who suggested this trade in the comments on one of our recent Celtics articles (yes, we do check those). A lot of the suggested trades for Boston have them pretty much throwing their entire roster and future draft selections at another team for a star to pair up with Tatum and Brown. And while that sounds fun, it’s not very likely to happen.

A move like this makes much more sense. The Celtics would bring in some marked offensive improvements to help Tatum and Brown, while the Clippers would shore up their defense for the long run when Paul George and Kawhi Leonard return from injuries. And most importantly, it doesn’t require the team to mortgage their future on a risky move for a star.

In terms of fairness, this deal really depends on what you value. Schroder and Reggie Jackson are very similar players, as both are gifted scorers that aren’t exactly fantastic three point shooters. Jackson’s efficiency is way down from last season due to him having to pick up most of the slack in the wake of George and Leonard being injured. If Jackson ended up in Boston, he would most likely benefit from having less responsibility playing behind Tatum and Brown.

Adding Luke Kennard would give the Boston Celtics a weapon they don’t have. Kennard is a three point specialist who has his limitations elsewhere on the court, but would give the offense something it doesn’t have right now. Smart’s defense would be missed, but he would probably be forgotten very quickly if Kennard comes in and shoots like he has his whole career.

And then Marcus Morris Sr. would make a return to Boston, giving the team another shooter they desperately need. It’s been great having Al Horford back in the fold, but he’s clearly not the player he once was, and you can make a pretty convincing case that Grant Williams deserves to take over his starting role. Moving Horford would allow for this to happen, and give Boston’s bench another floor spacing shooter who could help open up the floor for Tatum and Brown.

There are a lot of reasons to like this deal, but the main reason is because of how much offensive potential would be added to this team. It’s clear this team is not balanced in terms of offense and defense, and they desperately need an infusion of offensive talent. This deal would allow them to accomplish that, and while it would be tough to part with a hometown veteran like Smart, it would be necessary for the betterment of the team.