The Boston Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference with one of the most complete rosters in the league, led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with Kristaps Porzingis turning in an excellent season.
That being said, Boston is still seeking its first championship since 2008, so the organization should leave no stone unturned when considering roster improvements.
December 15 is the perfect time to start looking at those improvements, since it's the opening of the unofficial NBA trade season. This is the first day most players who signed new contracts in the offseason will be eligible to be moved.
Here's a look at three trade targets the Celtics need to consider now that we're roughly a quarter of the way through the regular season:
3 Trade Targets the Celtics Need to Consider
1. Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are well out of the playoff picture and would be wise to start siphoning off pieces. Boston has one of the best defenses in the NBA already, but you can always use a high-quality wing defender in the playoffs.
Caruso has battled numerous injuries, so his asking price could be driven down. A team with as much depth as Boston can be patient with Caruso, whereas a rebuilding squad like Chicago would be better off getting value while it can.
He's a proven shot-maker when necessary, though the Celtics could use Caruso's defensive chops to completely smother opposing offenses.
Averaging 3.4 rebounds per game, he's one of the more physical guards in the NBA and would be a welcome boost to Boston's rotation once the playoffs come around.
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