The Boston Celtics have been linked to a number of interesting trades before the NBA trade deadline this Thursday, at 3 p.m. EST, including Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, Grant Williams, and Marcus Smart.
One of which was reported by Matt Moore of The Action Network, which could see Schroder head for Milwaukee in return for Donte DiVincenzo. This trade could benefit both sides pretty well but more importantly, it would save the Celtics $1.2 million on salary and add some much-needed shooting to the roster.
This deal seems unlikely to come to fruition because of the Bucks asking for Williams. According to Keith Smith of CelticsBlog.com, Boston is unwilling to part with Williams and any deal involving him is dead. Williams has played strongly this season and has become a reliable three-point shooter and earned his spot on the roster.
Another player who has garnered plenty of trade attention this season is the new addition in Richardson. Richardson has been a spark-plug for the Celtics off the bench, and he has knocked down 40 percent of his threes this season.
The two teams have taken serious note of this are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers reportedly wanted a straight swap of Richardson for Talen Horton-Tucker, per Brian Robb of MassLive.com, but their unwillingness to include their 2027 first-rounder stalled those trade talks. The Timberwolves turned their attention to Richardson following their unsuccessful attempt to trade for Marcus Smart.
According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, the Timberwolves are willing to part with Malik Beasley in a deal for Richardson that would include Romeo Langford or Aaron Nesmith. The C’s reportedly want a bigger compensation because they don’t see Beasley to be as valuable as the T-Wolves see him. This is because Beasley’s contract is more expensive than Richardson’s, and pairing that with Beasley’s off-court issues, the deal just doesn’t seem worth it to the Celtics.
Lastly, the Atlanta Hawks have expressed interest in a trade for Marcus Smart per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. Surprisingly, the trade would be centered around Bogdan Bogdanovic instead of the more obvious choice of John Collins. It will likely take a substantial offer for the Celtics to let go of Smart and any deal not centered around Collins will likely not happen.
Time is running out for the Celtics to move some pieces and the team’s recent success has given Brad Stevens plenty to think about before Thursday’s deadline.