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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4. Andre Drummond, Chicago Bulls

The Bulls could be among the busiest sellers at the deadline, as stars DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have both had their names thrown around the rumor mill.

And if DeRozan and LaVine aren't safe, surely Drummond isn't, either.

If that's the case, Boston should give him a good look. Now 30, Drummond has taken a step back from his Detroit days, when he was a two-time All-Star with the Pistons. He also shined in Cleveland, but his glory days with the Cavaliers were short-lived.

With that being said, Drummond still has something left in the tank, evident by a seven-game stretch from Dec. 26-Jan. 8 in which he averaged 14.0 points and 17.4 boards. As far as backup centers go, few are better than Drummond, so if Chicago does have a yard sale, expect Boston to at least swing by and see what's up for grabs.

5. Nick Richards, Charlotte Hornets

A lot of teams are going to be gunning for Charlotte's P.J. Washington in the wake of his 43-point outburst against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, which could cause Richards to fly under the radar.

That's great news for Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens, who has been methodical when it comes to carrying out trades. Stevens has been able to bring high-end talent to Boston at a reasonable price, and it's safe to say he wouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg to go out and snag Richards.

Richards, 26, is nearly averaging a double-double (9.7 points, 7.8 rebounds per game), but he's been easy to overlook with Charlotte sporting the fourth-worst record in the league at 10-35.

The Celtics would also be getting another talented shot-blocker in Richards, who is turning away 1.4 shots per contest.

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