Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is reportedly seeking a player who can transform the franchise and is willing to pay handsomely for the right acquisition. Boston was reportedly connected to a number of marquee players at this year’s trade deadline, including Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor, Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony, Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler, Pacers combo forward Paul George, Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love and Hawks big man Al Horford.
Ainge was reportedly willing to include the Nets’ 2016 first-rounder in the right deal, despite the excellent chance that Brooklyn’s pick will be in the top three overall come June. The Celtics are concerned that they will have too many young players on their roster next season if they retain their entire cache of acquired picks, so it’s highly likely the team will be active leading up to the draft in its attempts to acquire a star-caliber player, according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. “The term I’ve heard with Danny is that he’s looking for a ‘difference maker,’” a league source told the Herald scribe. “He’s definitely willing to pay you for the right guy, but he wants someone who can move them to the next level.”
This brings me to the topic for today: Which rumored Celtics trade deadline target would have been the best fit in Boston?
Take to the comments section below to share your opinion on which player mentioned in the opening paragraph would have made the biggest impact on the Celtics organization. Who would have been worth the exorbitant cost it would have taken to acquire? Or are you of the opinion that not making a blockbuster trade and retaining Brooklyn’s 2016 first-rounder was a blessing in disguise considering the talent likely to be available at that draft slot? We look forward to what you have to say.