Celtics Notes: Trade Market, Nader, Green

Although he does have conversations with rival teams about potential trades at this time of year, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said during an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show that things won’t really begin to heat up until mid-December. For now, any discussions with possible trade partners are more about getting the lay of the land, and potentially laying the groundwork for a future move, according to Ainge (link via A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com).

“There’s a lot of talk that leads nowhere and there’s sometimes groundwork that leads to something,” said the Celtics GM. “Teams are still trying to feel what their team is, who are they, what direction they’re headed, what the mix is, the fit.”

As the Celtics continue to determine what their own rotation looks like and assess their needs, let’s round up a few more items out of Boston…

  • Celtics second-round pick Abdel Nader agreed to play in the D-League this season since there was no room for him on Boston’s NBA roster, and he has thrived with the Maine Red Claws in the early going, averaging 24.3 PPG and making more than 45% of his three-point attempts. Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison spoke to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe about Nader’s performance so far and what he has to do to earn a shot at a rotation role with the Celtics in 2017/18.
  • After signing a one-year contract with the Celtics in the offseason, Gerald Green is waiting patiently for an opportunity to contribute to the team and a more frequent and consistent basis, writes Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com. The veteran swingman has averaged just 10.9 minutes per game in 10 contests so far.
  • WEEI’s Logan Mullen examines the roles being played by Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for the Celtics so far, and what the team expects from the duo. Boston guaranteed Johnson’s and Jerebko’s 2016/17 salaries back in July, and both players will be free agents at season’s end.
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3 thoughts on “Celtics Notes: Trade Market, Nader, Green

  1. FormerlyZ

    Probably, no definitely, a dumb question, considering the likelihood boston wouldn’t want to give up so many assets in 1 deal, but I was wondering about Hassan Whiteside and if the Celtics would be willing to part with 1 of 2 possible packages in a deal that includes him, obviously once everyone is eligible to be traded

    1st proposal: Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Nets 1st round pick, Tyler Zeller, and Jonas Jerebko for Hassan Whiteside and Luke Babbit

    2nd proposal: Nets 1st round pick, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson, rights to Yabusele for Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, Derrick Williams, and Luke Babbit

    I have a friend that says the heat wouldn’t and shouldnt do that, but I totally disagree. I think it would be the Celtics that would turn that down. While they’d arguably be better for this year, there is a lot of long term risk on giving up those assets, and they’d have to hope to sign someone in free agency with the money they open up, which would essentially lock them into their core for a couple of years. Meanwhile, I think this is a jackpot dream scenario for Pat Riley, or as close to it as it gets, barring anything crazy. He gets more young assets, as well as another top draft pick to add to his own, which he can use to build around or trade from, he opens up money in free agency, and the team is probaby better this season as well. I don’t think he hesitates to move Whiteside if he can get something legit for him

    • jak9dmb

      yes, those are awful options. Whiteside is not a difference maker, and he’s not the offensive force that the C’s are looking for (which is what it would take to get suck a package from Boston). Make that deal for Cousins instead of Whiteside and then you have something (same head case, way better player)


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