The restructuring of the Boston Celtics roster continued on Wednesday night with another trade.
Recently, it was Marcus Smart that got shipped out of town, to the Memphis Grizzlies. That was the big domino that brought Kristaps Porzingis to Boston.
But we should’ve known that the Celtics weren’t done yet. Not even close!
Wednesday night saw it be Grant Williams turn to get traded.
Williams is heading to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a three team trade between the Mavs, Celtics, and San Antonio Spurs. The (now) former C’s forward was part of a trade that saw him sign for a new four year, $54 million contract with Dallas.
The Celtics received several second round draft picks back in the trade.
Boston Celtics minimizing their front court depth by trading Grant Williams
Remember when I wrote about how Williams would help solidify the front court? Well, that whole concept can be thrown out the window now!
With Grant now headed to Dallas, it gives the C’s a front court of the following players: Porzingis, Al Horford, Robert Williams III, and Luke Kornet. Yikes!
Look at what you’re dealing with in your front court.
Porzingis is a good player, no doubt about that. But what happens if he gets hurt? Which is very possible!
Al Horford is getting up there in age. To the point where he had to sit out every second night of back to backs!
Rob Williams III just cannot stay on the court. He needs to stay healthy for the Celtics to be fully effective.
Luke Kornet is fine in the regular season. But he doesn’t bring any value come playoff time.
So unless another move is made for a big man, you have to be worried a bit if you’re a Boston fan with this front court. Especially if one (or even two!) of the big men go down due to injury.
Boston Celtics loading up more assets with the Grant Williams trade
Now the one positive of the Williams trade is that the Celtics loaded up more draft picks for a potential big move. *Cough* Damian Lillard *Cough*
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Even if it isn’t for a move for Damian Lillard, the Celtics have a ton of draft capital and a few more pieces they can move.
Maybe even a move for a guy like Pascal Siakam or O.G. Anunoby would be a significant move to help the Celtics.
The point is: Brad Stevens has plenty of options if he wants to pull off another big trade.
What trading Grant Williams means for Celtics
It’s another move that a lot Boston fans will hate because of the love for the player. Grant Williams had a lot of good moments in a C’s uniform and was a great guy in the Boston community.
But business is business and the Celtics need to make some moves to shake up the core and keep an eye on payroll.
We’ll never forget Grant Williams performance in game seven of the 2022 Eastern Conference semifinals against Milwaukee. An absolute masterclass!
But hopefully, we’ll be seeing the next piece come in and hopefully help the Celtics to their pursuit of an 18th championship banner.