Boston Celtics Trade Grades: Assessing the team’s Trade Deadline moves

Boston Celtics guard Josh Richardson (8) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Boston Celtics guard Josh Richardson (8) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) high fives guard Marcus Smart (36) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

The Boston Celtics, after dominating the rumor mill for the past few weeks, came out guns blazing at the NBA Trade Deadline today. Brad Stevens pulled off three deals in his first deadline day as President of Basketball Operations, and it looks like the team is in a better spot today than they were yesterday.

There was concern that the C’s would be a bit quieter than initially anticipated thanks to a solid stretch of basketball that has seen the team’s record go from 18-21 to 31-25. But that certainly wasn’t the case. Stevens cleared out the Celtics bench unit, and brought in a pair of players who will look to join the rotation instantly.

As a result of getting rid of most of their bench, the Celtics now have five open roster spots to fill. One of those is probably going to go to Sam Hauser, who has been torching the G-League for most of the season, in hopes that he can provide a nice shooting boost off the bench. Boston wanted some flexibility with their roster for the rest of the season, and it’s clear they got it.

On a day that was dominated by the blockbuster James Harden/Ben Simmons deal, the Celtics managed to make some noise with a couple of moves themselves. But how good were the deals the C’s made? Let’s take a closer look at all three of the Boston Celtics moves at the Trade Deadline, starting with a small deal that had big repurcussions with the luxury tax.