Trade Deadline Marathon: Boston right the ship with some offensive help
Celtics receive: F Harrison Barnes
Kings receive: G/F Javonte Green, 2021 1st-round pick, 2021 2nd round pick, 2022 Celtics 2nd round pick
Why the Celtics would do it:
Boston is in a bit of a rut at the moment, having gone 4-6 over their last 10 games. The Celtics are a step removed from the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.
Trotting out two-big lineups of Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson has been hard to watch at times - with Marcus Smart out, Tatum can’t play stretch 4. Also a notable absence this season in a similar position, is Gordon Hayward, who’s scoring and solid defense could be replaced by Harrison Barnes.
Barnes has been incredibly solid for the struggling Sacramento Kings, especially on the offensive end. Averaging 16.6 points on 49.3 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from deep, and 81.8 percent from the line is no mean feat. The Celtics could use Barnes’ versatile offense.
Boston could start Barnes, or have him anchor the bench, and the 28-year old would provide solid defense and multi-faceted scoring at the 3 or 4. This is a much-needed boost to the Celtics who NEED a shot in the arm.
Losing 27-year old Javonte Green won’t be too much of an issue, who’s played 15 minutes per game this season but likely wouldn’t see a great deal of postseason minutes. Likewise, parting ways with a selection of picks shouldn’t bother Danny Ainge too much. He’s here to maximize the current stars at his disposal and win a championship. Barnes gets the Celtics closer to that opportunity.
Why the Kings would do it:
Ah Kings fans, it’s been another rollercoaster season. After a solid start to the year, a few weeks in February, hopes were looking up. However, the Kings are 1-9 over their last ten games, and it looks like another season finishing before the playoffs in Sacramento. While there have been positives, such as the brilliant drafting of Tyrese Haliburton, and De’Aaron Fox’s continued improvement, it could be wise to do some selling at the deadline.
At 28, Barnes doesn’t really fit into the timeline that the Kings are going down with Fox, Haliburton, and Marvin Bagley. With this deal, Sacramento can sell high on Barnes right now, rather than waiting a year where the forward isn’t getting younger, and may not fetch too high of a draft pick haul.
Monte McNair might enquire about another younger player such as Romeo Langford or Aaron Nesmith instead of the expiring contract of Green, but getting three draft picks back for Barnes’ huge $22.2 million contract would be very useful in continuing another rebuild in Sacramento.
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