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 guard Jaylen Brown (7), center Robert Williams III (44) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

Boston Celtics final Trade Deadline grade: A-

There will be some people complaining about the Celtics Trade Deadline moves, but there’s not too much to be upset about. They brought in some helpful players in White and Theis, weeded out some of the dead weight on their bench, and managed to stay under the luxury tax threshold too. They have some space to bring in players on the buyout market as well, so if you are unhappy, at least the roster isn’t fully set in stone yet.

Stevens and the front office accomplished pretty much every goal they wanted to at the deadline. White offers the potential to be a really solid fit with the team, and if he isn’t he has an extremely movable contract, so it’s not as if the two sides are married. Theis shores up the big man rotation and gives Udoka more options after he was basically handcuffed to an eight man rotation over the past few weeks.

Losing Richardson and Schroder hurts, but it’s not the biggest loss in the world. White is an upgrade over Schroder, and this opens up more minutes for Payton Pritchard to take advantage of as well. Replacing Richardson won’t fall on one player, but it should open up minutes for Aaron Nesmith. Whether he’s ready or not remains to be seen, but he will get his shot after sitting on the sideline for most of the season.

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Overall, the goal of the front office is to build a championship contender around Tatum and Brown. These moves don’t necessarily put the Celtics closer to a title this season, but they set the team up for a potentially mammoth offseason. The Boston Celtics didn’t have the flashiest deadline performance, but this team is better off as a result of the moves they made, and that bodes well for the team’s future.