NBA trade deadline grades roundup: How experts view Celtics’ moves initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston
We cannot know for just a few months which groups really gained and misplaced on the 2024 NBA commerce deadline. Most of the offers made over the past a number of weeks had been completed with an eye fixed towards the playoffs, which will not start till April.
However we will grade groups on different components, together with whether or not they upgraded any roster weaknesses, whether or not they overpaid/underpaid to accumulate gamers, and so forth. Did groups with an opportunity to make a deep run within the playoffs do sufficient to shore up their depth? Did lottery groups with veterans on expiring contracts transfer these gamers and never threat dropping them for nothing in the summertime?
And what precisely had been the Chicago Bulls doing? Did they know the commerce deadline was 3 p.m. ET on Thursday?
In all seriousness, a bunch of groups had been fairly lively within the hours main as much as the deadline, together with the Boston Celtics. They made three trades this week, two of which introduced gamers to Boston.
The primary transfer got here Wednesday. The C’s acquired forward Xavier Tillman from the Memphis Grizzlies in trade for a 2027 second-round decide (through Atlanta), a 2030 second-round decide (through Dallas) and ahead Lamar Stevens.
Tillman is averaging simply 6.0 factors per recreation, however he is a very good defender capable of guarding multiple positions. He is fast sufficient to defend perimeter gamers and powerful sufficient to deal with huge males within the low put up. Tillman brings some much-needed depth and toughness to Boston’s frontcourt.
The Celtics additionally made a deal proper earlier than the deadline with the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston acquired guard Jaden Springer in trade for a second-round decide. Springer is an athletic wing defender whose offensive recreation continues to be a piece in progress. He has performed simply 50 video games since making his NBA debut in 2021-22. Springer has intriguing potential, although, and desires extra reps to spherical out his ability set.
The Celtics’ different commerce Thursday noticed them send Dalano Banton to the Portland Trail Blazers in trade for a protected second-round decide. Boston signed Banton final July. He performed in 24 video games for the Celtics this season.
This is how specialists graded the Celtics’ strikes forward of the commerce deadline. Every grade beneath is for everything of Boston’s offers, until in any other case famous.
Kevin Pelton, ESPN: A (Tillman commerce), B- (Spring commerce)
Stephen Noh, Sporting News: B+ (Tillman commerce)
Dan Favale, Bleacher Report: A- (Tillman commerce), B+ (Springer commerce)
Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation: A- (Tillman commerce)