Boston Celtics Rumors: 2 trades that would shore up the C’s guard depth

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Boston Celtics potential trade No. 1:

If there’s one team that might be a bigger disappointment than the Boston Celtics this season, it would be the Indiana Pacers. Despite the plethora of talent on their roster, their record is just 17-31 at this point, which has them sitting at 13th place in the Eastern Conference. For that reason, there might be a fire sale of sorts for this team as the deadline nears.

I already took a look at three players on the Pacers the Celtics could target, but none of them will find their way into this deal. This is a large scale bench swap of sorts, and it may just be in both teams best interest to try to make this deal happen.

The first piece of this trade involves a point guard swap of Dennis Schroder and T.J. McConnell. Schroder has become increasingly volatile for the C’s this season, putting up 25 points one night and then two the next night. With his contract expiring after this season, the Pacers could clear up some cap space by moving McConnell, whose pass first tendencies would make him a perfect fit alongside volume shooters such as Tatum and Brown.

The next part of the deal involves a swapping of wings in Josh Richardson and Justin Holiday. Boston has reportedly been looking into making a move for Holiday, and attaching Richardson to this deal would allow them to create some cap space in the process. Richardson is a bit more expensive than Holiday, but he’s four years younger, and offers a bit more in terms of production for the remainder of the season.

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The final part is Torrey Craig for Aaron Nesmith. The Celtics have a ton of young wing depth on their team, and they would give the Pacers another shot to get a bit younger with Nesmith, who has struggled early on in his career. Craig turned himself into a valuable role player for the Phoenix Suns last season, but he hasn’t made the same impact so far with the Pacers this season. He could help Boston off the bench, but his main purpose is to help match the salaries here.

Both teams gain and lose different things in this deal, but it should help both sides in the long run. The Celtics get a couple of players who fit their scheme better, while the Pacers get a bit more flexibility if they end up blowing things up. While Boston does need some shooting help, they also need some more playmakers on their roster as well, and this deal would help them fill that area of need.