The Boston Celtics slide down to fourth seed in the Eastern Conference from being the second best. They are on a three-game losing skid and 4-6 in the last ten games. Two of these losses came from a rival Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. Against the Sixers, they limited to 98 points outscored in the final quarter by 32-18. Celtics also outrebounded 48-38. In the same scenario with the Bucks, they controlled the boards 50-43. Overall Celtics are just only 14th in rebounding among the top four teams of both conferences, they’re slightly better than the Heat (15th), Jazz( 17th) and Nuggets (19th). These teams behind them had an elite center that can show up in huge moments.
The only way they can improve is to make a trade that a lot of guys in the market before the deadline is available. Find a big man who can help them shutting down the paint. Grabbing rebounds for them which limits second chances. With big man rumored in the market, they can choose which can perfectly fit with them. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter are good players but they aren’t enough to be tough for Boston run.
Option 1, Tristan Thompson
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the sellers before the trade deadline ends. They are both looking to shift Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson to a team willing to take huge money left on their contract. For Celtics, Thompson is the best option here. His very agile like a motor who never runs out of energy. The veteran center also averages double-doubles that shoot 52% from the field. A clearly fit Boston wings like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward. Thompson doesn’t need the ball on his hand to impact the game. He finds the ball where’s the going to bounce as he averages 4 offensive rebounds per game. It was a huge help for the team who had a lot of scorers. This man is proven in many battles on his career. A first-round pick and the expiring contract is worth for an exchange.
Option 2, Jakob Poeltl
The Spurs big man is a quiet steady force inside. The big man from Austria is not looking for his shots. He doesn’t file too many minutes with almost 18 per game. But he’s huge defensively with an average number of 4.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks. Give him more minutes and no doubt he will contribute. Poeltl an underrated playmaker at his size. He doesn’t jump high unlike other bigs but he’s intelligent enough to secure the board. Celtics needs a steady big defender to match up Joel Embiid or Bam Abedayo with a potential first or second-round match up. They also need a shot blocker if Giannis Antetoukoumnpou or Paskal Siacam attempted in the paint. One of their many picks is good enough to acquire a quiet yet talented center.