Boston Celtics Rumors: Latest trade buzz as the Trade Deadline nears

Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schroder (71) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Boston Celtics trade buzz: The Los Angeles Lakers emerge as a potential suitor for Josh Richardson

Josh Richardson has quickly emerged as a top trade target for many teams around the league thanks to his recent hot streak. While his woeful performance against the Orlando Magic (he scored 0 points and missed all eight of his shots) is a bit of a concern, Richardson still has a lot of traits teams desire, making him an interesting player to keep an eye on as the deadline approaches.

The Celtics don’t appear to be in any sort of rush to offload Richardson, but that doesn’t mean Stevens isn’t listening to potential offers for him. Some teams have been rumored to be interested in him, but nobody had really made an offer that we knew of. That was until this morning, when it was reported the Los Angeles Lakers had offered Talen Horton-Tucker and a draft pick for Richardson’s services.

The Lakers have managed to be an even bigger disappointment than the C’s this season, and they are desperately looking for ways to turn things around. Horton-Tucker has been a solid bench scorer for the Lakers this season, but his efficiency has decreased despite an increase in shots this year. He’s also a woeful three point shooter, as he’s hitting just 25 percent of his shots from deep this season.

Horton-Tucker is exactly what Boston does not need at this point, and this deal would make no sense for the C’s. Boston needs an increase in three point shooting, which is what Richardson already provides. Why would they trade away one of their better shooters for a guy who cannot shoot at all? Horton-Tucker can score yes, but his playstyle does not fit what the Celtics are looking for right now.

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Whereas I would consider the DiVincenzo deal if the Bucks lowered their asking price, this is a deal that should not happen under and circumstances. Stevens has the right idea listening to whatever offers teams want to send his way, but this one should not even be considered.

The Celtics should make some moves at the deadline, but there’s no sense forcing anything, and that’s exactly what this move would be; a trade just to make a trade. If this is what teams are offering for Richardson, there’s no sense moving him.