The Boston Celtics are still aggressive on the trade front and more names have been added to the list of alleged targets. Danny Ainge has reportedly set his sights on at least two more names — Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and Greg Monroe of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The new names append a previous report, which covered the Celtics interest in Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers. Similarly though, it will be interesting how Ainge and company can pull off the acquisition given their limited resources this summer.
Taking The Risk With Gordon Hayward
A deal involving Gordon Hayward is seen no different from the case of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Like Westbrook, Hayward is expected to exercise his player option and test the free agent market for a better deal.
The difference is that unlike Westbrook, Hayward has not mentioned anything (verbally) about shunning an extension with the Jazz. Thanks to the money he stands to get next summer, the consensus is that he will likely opt out and test free agency.
Gambling With Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe floundered with the Bucks last season and such has spurred belief that the team is seriously trying to dangle him to other teams. He could be a good compliment to big time acquisition Al Horford but there is his asking price to be considered.
Will $15 Million In Salary Cap Be Enough?
According to Basketball Insiders, the Celtics have about $15 million in salary cap space to spend. That could be enough to lure a big time acquisition but the question is who.
Hayward or Monroe could be a good fit, same with Okafor. So it may ultimately be up to Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens to identify who they really need as they look pretty formidable for the 2016-17 NBA wars.
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