Maybe the worst stored secret heading into the offseason is the sensation that the Celtics will look to commerce Kemba Walker. That’s not essentially meant as a knock on him. When he’s wholesome he could be a sport altering scorer. The issue is that well being query. He says that he intends to play back-to-backs subsequent season, however which may make the harm threat even higher.
As I’ve stated earlier than, he is perhaps finest suited to a sixth man position at this level in his profession however allocating $36M for that position isn’t the most effective use of that cap house.
It’s broadly assumed that it could take attaching draft property to persuade somebody to take him in a wage dump transfer, and which will find yourself being the play. Specifically if the possession group takes a tough line on paying an excessive amount of tax. Nevertheless, I’ve been making an attempt to consider methods to flip him for two or 3 strong position gamers to encompass Tatum and Brown with.
Most have already skipped this half to get to the commerce concepts beneath after which to the feedback to make enjoyable of them and that’s cool. However my caveat right here is that I don’t fake to know different groups’ conditions in addition to I do the Celtics and I’m no NBA scout, so I’m not at all times certain if I’ve all these guys correctly valuated. So caveat emptor and all that.
With no additional ado, listed here are some commerce concepts. A number of of which I stole from different retailers or simply off of twitter. However be at liberty to make enjoyable of me anyway.
Kemba for Al Horford and a lotter protected future 1st rounder
I don’t know if OKC remains to be in asset assortment mode or in the event that they’ve lastly reached their restrict, but when they need a very good mentor to SGA and a man that may begin getting them down the highway to respectability and decide up one other draft decide within the course of, this can be a route they may go.
The Celtics get again a gradual hand who can nonetheless be a stretch huge and direct the offense from the excessive publish when needed. He’s misplaced just a few steps and isn’t the defender he as soon as was, however he is aware of what he’s doing on the market and may also help in a smaller position. Plus his contract is smaller, a yr shorter, and solely partially assured in 2022-23.
This one appears probably the most straight ahead and easy so to me it appears probably the most lifelike. Which in fact means it gained’t occur.
Kemba for Patrick Beverly, Luke Kennard, and Terance Mann
To me that is your typical commerce getting three quarters for a depreciated greenback. Beverly is a famend defender and instigator. Kennard gives exterior capturing, and Mann is price a chance for depth.
The Clippers have a shrinking window and might even see Kemba as a lacking piece that they don’t want each evening however may push them excessive.
Kemba for Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams
One strategy to eliminate one unhealthy contract is to swap it for two (smaller) unhealthy contracts. In concept you possibly can extra simply discover properties for the brand new unhealthy contracts later. Or on this case, you possibly can see if they will present us strong minutes in smaller roles.
Not my favourite thought, however it’s a good illustration of the sorts of offers that is perhaps obtainable with out giving up draft property. Which brings us to…
Kemba and a primary rounder for Christian Wooden and Eric Gordon
Undecided if the Rockets are within the temper to commerce Wooden so quickly after signing him, however they’re in rebuild mode and getting picks is what rebuilding is all about. They may flip Kemba elsewhere subsequent yr if he proves himself wholesome sufficient (ie. the Chris Paul plan).
Boston will get a promising huge man and a veteran shooter.
Kemba for Terrence Ross and Gary Harris
Orlando would possibly desire a decide concerned right here and it is perhaps price it until they’re flipping Kemba to a third group. For the Celtics Ross is an effective scorer and Harris has defensive chops that would assist in the appropriate scenario.
Kemba for Coby White, Tomas Satoransky, and Al-Farouq Aminu
The Bulls have shifted into win-now mode and would possibly see Kemba as a worthwhile veteran scorer so as to add subsequent to Zach Lavine and Nikola Vucevic. The Celtics get a flyer on a few younger guards and a veteran wing.
How’d I do?
In order that’s what I’ve give you (or in some circumstances stole from the web). What are your ideas on these? For those who don’t like them, be at liberty to share your personal within the feedback beneath.