They are one of the best teams in the NBA, and have the best record currently in the Eastern Conference at 35-15. Even in a league today that emphasizes load management for its star players, the Celtics have found a way to build off of their NBA Finals appearance a season ago.
Another good thing is that the NBA trade deadline is only a few weeks ago, with the actual day being Thursday, February 9th. The Celtics have been known to be active at the deadline. Could they do it again this season?
One name that has been flown around in Celtics trade rumors is San Antonio Spurs big man Jakob Poeltl. Could he potentially be a missing piece to the Celtics championship puzzle?
Boston Celtics would get a dependable big man in Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl has put up some good numbers for a struggling Spurs team this season.
In 40 games, Poeltl is averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game. Plus, the lowest amount of games he’s played in a season was 54 in his rookie year with the Toronto Raptors in 2016-2017.
This Celtics team can certainly use a big man that they can depend on to give them consistent minutes.
Al Horford is obviously great. But with his age, they’ve had to be extra careful with his minutes. Most notably with sitting him out on the second night of back-to-backs.
Rob Williams is Rob Williams. You love to have him in there, but you can’t rely on him to stay healthy for an extremely long span right now.
Then there’s Blake Griffin and Luke Kornet. Will you be able to trust them in a playoff series? I’m not entirely sure.
So Poeltl can come in and give you some valuable. minutes off the bench. He’s proven he can score in bunches. There’s also the rebounding factor which is always a plus with this Celtics team. Poeltl is just about as dependable as they come at the big man position.
Boston Celtics have traded with the Spurs before
It’s not like the Celtics haven’t done business with the Spurs before.
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If you remember from last season, the Celtics traded away Romeo Langford and Josh Richardson and got back Derrick White in that trade. So the pre-existing relationship is there.
Who’s to say it couldn’t happen again? These are two teams going in completely different directions. Obviously, they play in different conferences; which is a plus when it comes to trades. A Poeltl to Boston move wouldn’t be the worst thing for either team at this point.
The bottom line with Jakob Poeltl and the Boston Celtics
This is a move that I think the Celtics should explore closely. Obviously if the asking price becomes too steep, back out!
This Celtics team is really good right now and just need another player or two to solidify their roster for the rest of the season. Poeltl fits a lot of needs that this team could use right now. Why not pick up the phone and make the move, Brad?