8. Malcolm Brogdon
The Celtics were prepared to trade Brogdon to the Clippers this summer, but the deal fell through in the final moments. Instead, Boston shipped Marcus Smart to Memphis to land Kristaps Porzingis. It was a bold move, but the Celtics needed a shake-up as they try to get over the hump for their 18th title.
They may not be done. Boston is all-in on winning a championship in 2024 and could be searching for expiring contracts as they try to avoid the second tax apron moving forward. Jaylen Brown’s extension increases his pay by $18 million next season, so the Celtics could look to move Brogdon or Porzingis for an expiring deal before the deadline.
The Unicorn suffered an injury that will force him to miss the World Cup and those have been problematic throughout his career. It would be quick to admit a mistake, so Brad Stevens and the Celtics might just try to improve the fit around Porzingis and their two stars before February’s deadline.
Tobias Harris is a 6’8 forward that would allow them to go small. He can space the floor and has a versatile skill set. The Boston Celtics could be searching for that type of player, and the Philadelphia 76ers will need a ball-handler and playmaker if James Harden departs. There will be other pieces involved, but the rivals could become trade partners.