March 4, 2021

Boston Celtics Interested in Acquiring Magic's Nikola Vucevic, Pistons' Jerami Grant

As the Celtics find themselves closer to the middle of the pack than they'd like, it's no surprise Boston is searching for upgrades. 

The Athletic reports that as the NBA trade deadline approaches the Celtics are eyeing Jerami Grant and Nikola Vucevic, two of the most talented big men in the league.

Boston needs players who can contribute in a playoff series, and Grant's skill set is tailor-made for the postseason since the Pistons star can defend multiple positions and space the floor.

Grant is averaging a career-high 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. It's the reason he's one of the "top trade targets for the Celtics," according to the report. 

As for Vucevic, the Magic big man is having a phenomenal year and just earned an All-Star bid despite Orlando's poor record. He's averaging 24.5 points, 11.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds while shooting an impressive 41.8% from downtown. The Celtics desperately need a jolt of interior scoring, and Vooch would provide that in droves.

The Celtics don't possess the assets that the Thunder or Pelicans do, but they do have their $28.5 million trade exception from the Gordon Hayward move this summer.

Even though their asset well has dried up from years past, Boston still has all of its own future first-round picks to play with. They could also offer Payton Pritchard, an exciting young guard who has shown he can hang as a secondary creator who can knock down threes efficiently. 

Will Celtics head honcho Danny Ainge, who is notorious for not getting deals done, be able to swing anything this time around? 

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