5 Dream Celtics Trade Deadline Targets

Size, bench depth among Boston's primary needs

Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens stayed relatively quiet at the 2023 deadline, going out and getting center/forward Mike Muscala from the Oklahoma City Thunder as his only move.
Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens stayed relatively quiet at the 2023 deadline, going out and getting center/forward Mike Muscala from the Oklahoma City Thunder as his only move. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Marvin Bagley III, Washington Wizards

At 9-37, Washington is going to be anything but a buyer at the deadline, and man, they really do have some nice pieces that could benefit a contender.

Kyle Kuzma is at the top of that list, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Wizards are reluctant to ship him out of D.C.

Still, Washington could be a good business partner for Boston, and it should be Bagley that the Celtics have their sights set on. The Wizards just traded for the 6-foot-10 big man, getting him from the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 14.

Bagley has averaged 16.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in seven games with Washington and appears to be slowly reviving his career after getting inconsistent floor time in Detroit. He's still only 24, too, making him all the more enticing to a Boston team that could use help down low.

Clearly the Wizards saw something they liked in Bagley (after all, they did just trade for him), so he's certainly a dark horse to end up with the Celtics. However, Boston does have assets that could help Washington rebuild if both parties were willing to cook up a deal.

3. Alec Burks, Detroit Pistons

If you had a 32-year-old Burks averaging 17.9 points per game off the bench in the month of January on your 2024 bingo card, more power to you.

That's exactly what he's doing, though, highlighted by a 34-point performance against the Wizards on Jan. 15 and a 33-point effort against the Milwaukee Bucks just five days later.

Burks has gone 49-for-105 from 3-point range (46.7 percent) this month, and he's connecting at a 40.1 percent clip from long range this season. A veteran wing that can score in bunches from the perimeter would be the perfect add for the Celtics, who were actually linked to Burks back in 2022.

Obtaining Burks could also spoil a division rival's trade deadline, as The Athletic reported that the Knicks have an eye on the 13-year NBA veteran. Burks played for New York from 2020-22.