2 unrealistic trades Celtics must try to make in 2022 NBA Offseason

The Boston Celtics reached the 2022 NBA Finals this season. Despite falling to the Golden State Warriors, they are still a team with high hopes for the future.

Both franchise players are young as Jaylen Brown is 25 and Jayson Tatum is 24. The rest of their core is good, if a bit dated, with Al Horford being just 35 years old. However, the NBA is a league where teams routinely overreact to a season’s results, and Boston certainly has a bad taste in its mouth after losing the final three games of the Finals. With several superstars potentially on the way, could the Celtics be looking to enter the trade market?

Here are two unrealistic trades Boston must attempt in the 2022 NBA offseason.

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Unrealistic trades by the Celtics in the 2022 NBA offseason

Celtics trade Jaylen Brown and Daniel Theis to Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant

If the Nets rumors are true, the loss of Kyrie Irving likely means Kevin Durant is gone too. The Durant-Irving era would thus end as a huge failure, but the Boston Celtics could be the unlikely winners of the entire situation — at least barring the Houston Rockets, who expect multiple first-round picks from the Nets in the future.

Should Durant leave Brooklyn, the Celtics could be the best option for all players involved. It’s doubtful the Nets could get a better player than Brown in every other trade in the league, while the Celtics would get one of the best players in NBA history. However, let’s look at the details of trading for all sides.

The Celtics do this because they do it Kevin Durant. Durant is a two-time champion, two-time Finals MVP, one-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, and four-time scoring champion, which is just a small part of his accomplishments. He missed time due to injuries, but last season, but averaged nearly 30 points at 51.8% shooting from the field. While he couldn’t get the Nets past the first round of the playoffs, it was hardly his fault. The Celtics would get basketball’s preeminent bucket-getter alongside Tatum and help him take his game to new heights. Unfortunately, it would cost Brown, eight years his junior, a bitter loss that would be worth it for a unique talent like Durant.

The networks will be cautious in the first trade talks for Durant. Due to the fact that the Celtics would likely be at the top of Durant’s wish list, they could try to just offer Brown (with Theis as a salary filler) and finish the job right there. With Brown and Ben Simmons, the Nets could remain reasonably competitive, at least playoff-wise. losing Irving and Durant is a disaster, of course, but taking Irving’s salary off the books and then getting Brown as a rising star would set her up nicely to recover.

As unlikely as it might be, this trade would absolutely work for everyone involved.

Celtics trade Al Horford and Aaron Nesmith to Indiana Pacers for Malcolm Brogdon

This could look like a deal that heavily favors the Celtics on the surface. They’re getting rid of Horford and his massive contract in exchange for a former Rookie of the Year who averaged nearly 20 points a game last season and is a plus defender.

However, this deal has serious value for both teams involved. The Pacers get even more flexibility, while the Celtics fill a big need and find a stable playmaker who can hit open threes and pressure the rim.

Boston’s problems at point guard are well documented. Although Marcus Smart is a great brave player, he is not an elite table presenter. Brown and Tatum are improving as facilitators but shouldn’t be tasked with getting the ball on the ground throughout the game. It only seems logical to get a proven playmaker in Brogdon that comes at the right price. The Pacers are rebuilding and could look to fully unlock Tyrese Haliburton by trading Brogdon away, an opportunity the Celtics must capitalize on.

For the Pacers, they’re making this trade primarily for cap flexibility. Horford has just one year left on his contract and even that is not fully guaranteed. Even if they fully guaranteed his deal, the Pacers would create a ton of space in the long run. If they did close that deal and didn’t award contract extensions, they could be working with over $60 million going forward — a lot of caps that should speed Indiana’s rebuilding process.

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