2. Luke Kornet
Luke Kornet was a reliable bench presence throughout the 2022-23 campaign.
Even though he didn’t start any of his 69 appearances, the 7-foot-2 center showed up when needed, averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds over 11.7 minutes per game. He also shot a career-best 66.5% from the floor and even made 70.1% of his free-throw attempts.
Despite his reliable production, Kornet isn’t safe from being moved — especially after his postseason disappearance.
For starters, the 28-year-old center hits free agency next summer. If he isn’t interested in re-signing, it’s in the Celtics’ best interest to trade him rather than lose him for nothing.
Secondly, the team already has Porzingis, Robert Williams and Al Horford, who are all capable of playing center. Although Kornet doesn’t play a ton of minutes, his time can be used to boost that of the aforementioned trio.
Lastly, Kornet’s contract is one of Boston’s more moveable trade pieces at just $2.4 million, per Spotrac. Injuries happen throughout the season and another team is bound to need center help at some point, making the Vanderbilt alum an attractive option.