Two Celtics On The Trading Block

Saeed Ghassemzadeh, one of our newest contributors is proud to release his first article about early trading block rumors surrounding the Boston Celtics. This article is dedicated to the two players currently regarded as the first to go if Danny AInge starts wheeling and dealing.

Following an offseason during in which the Boston Celtics failed to make a big splash in free agency, the team has decided to make two of its key contributors from the 2014-15 season available via trade. A league source has said that Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge has decided to put point forward Evan Turner and forward-center Kelly Olynyk on the trading block.
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For the Celtics, moving Turner makes a lot of sense. The team is intent on developing point guard Marcus Smart, the sixth pick in the 2014 draft, by having him manage full time point guard duties. Last season, head coach Brad Stevens was intent on having Turner running the offense, while giving Smart some learning minutes. After a decent rookie season for Smart, however, the team figures to give him more responsibility of the offense, and moving Turner allows for that to happen. Additionally, moving the ball-dominant Turner allows the Celtics to slowly bring along Terry Rozier of Louisville, who was the 16th pick in this year’s 2015 NBA draft, and three point shooter RJ Hunter, selected 28th in the 2015 NBA draft. Rozier figures to be the third string point guard behind explosive sixth man point guard, Isaiah Thomas. Moving Turner also gives more playing time to Jae Crowder, inked to a 5 year, $35 million contract during the offseason. The Celtics have high hopes for the former second round pick, who was acquired in the December of 2014 trade that sent four time All-Star Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.
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The Celtics front office would also like to move Kelly Olynyk. The team traded up for Olynyk, who was selected with the 13th pick in the 2013 draft. However, Boston’s acquisition of David Lee from the Golden State Warriors and their signing of Amir Johnson, a former Toronto Raptor, will make playing time tough to come by for the sweet shooting big man. Additionally, the Celtics already boast a talented young front court, which consists of Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Jonas Jerebko, resigned by the team to a 2 year, $10 million deal in the offseason. The team also wants to develop promising 2015 second round pick Jordan Mickey, an impressive shot blocker and rebounder. Olynyk’s lack of strength and passive nature on both sides of the court are among the main reasons he finds himself in trade talks.
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It is unclear at this time what kind of return the Celtics are expecting from these two players. Since Boston currently has 16 guaranteed contracts, one over the limit, the team could simply choose to acquire a draft pick for each player. One thing is clear though: these Boston Celtics figure to be competitive in the 2015-16 season, while also continuing their rebuilding project.
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By: Saeed Ghassemzadeh
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Edited by: Mac Crowe, @Mac_Truck17
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