2 players Celtics must trade in 2022 NBA offseason after losing to Warriors in NBA Finals

The Boston Celtics enjoyed a resurgent 2022 season. After talk of a rebuild in December, the Celtics turned things around completely and won the Eastern Conference. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have proven to be one of the best star-studded duos in the NBA. Marcus Smart is an excellent third option. Al Horford made waves as a dependable veteran and big man.

But is this a team primed for another finals run in 2022-2023? Maybe, but a few touches wouldn’t hurt.

Without further ado, here are 2 players the Celtics need to trade this offseason.

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2 player Celtics to act in 2022 NBA offseason

Derrick White

Derrick White posted a quality postseason for the most part. Sure, there were some inconsistencies. But the truth is that its commercial value will probably never be higher than it is now.

White, who has a contract through the 2025 season, averaged 11 points per game during the regular season. He added 3.5 assists per game and shot about 31 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged just 8.5 points per game on 31 percent three-point shooting in the postseason, but had a string of big games that may have caught the eye of other teams.

White is someone Boston could trade alone, or they could negotiate with a few picks or other players. But he’s no need for a playoff run and could help the Celtics attract younger talent with higher caps.

But acting or not acting with white won’t make or break Boston’s 2022-2023 season. However, your decision on the next player could be a driving force behind what happens next year.

Markus Smart

Are you trading the reigning Defensive Player of the Year? Is this really the best decision for the Celtics?

Marcus Smart is 28 years old and has an ascending contract that keeps him under team control until 2025-2026. He’s a decent offensive presence for the Celtics. But his bread and butter is on the defensive end. It’s important to have a player who can consistently lock down opposing guards.

But Smart could be crucial in bringing on a more talented star to form a true “Big 3” around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

The Celtics couldn’t match Golden State on offense in the NBA Finals. And their elite defense struggled to contain the Warriors’ powerful scoring offense. Sure, they restricted Stephen Curry in Game 5. But Andrew Wiggins stepped forward.

Boston needs to trade Smart along with picks and someone like Derrick White to acquire a third star with a high offensive cover. It would have to be a guard or a big man as the Celtics core in Tatum and Brown is built around their wings.

Players Boston could acquire

Damian Lillard would be ideal but the price could prove too high. But Lillard is a good example of someone who could fit well into this Celtics team.

Boston could also be looking to enlist an offensively minded big man. Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton has impressive scoring chances and is no slouch on defense either. Although he could be given a free hand, rumors have swirled that the Suns would prefer to sign him and act.

In the end, Marcus Smart is the best option for Celtics as a potential trade lure should the team decide to go after a star.

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