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Report: Celtics Are Very Active on Trade Market

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The Boston Celtics were expected to be active on the trade front this season, but it appears team president Danny Ainge is wasting no time in exploring possibilities to clear out his team’s crowded depth chart. Here’s the latest from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski about Boston’s activity on the trade market.

The timing of the report makes plenty of sense, as December 15th marked the first day of the season that teams are able to trade free agents signed over the summer. Now that these players can be included in deals, general managers are able to explore many different trade combinations involving several additional parts of a team’s roster.

That means players such as Boston’s Evan Turner or Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson are now eligible to be moved in a deal.

Making a trade now also helps a team maximize the return they can get on a player. Ainge was active early last season on the trade front, dealing shooting guard Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies in early January and point guard Jordan Crawford to the Golden State Warriors later in the month. Both moves were made well ahead of the NBA’s February trade deadline.

So who exactly should Celtics fans keep an eye on as trade discussions continue? Based on Boston’s current position in the standings (8-14) and their roster composition, it’s far more likely for them to be sellers than buyers in this stage of the game.

Veteran players on expiring contracts, like Brandon Bass and Jeff Green, are certainly candidates to go. Bass and Green are especially likely targets since both players are putting up strong offensive numbers over the first quarter of the season. Rajon Rondo also remains a trade piece to watch, since if the team wants to deal their superstar guard, they will net a better return now than if they wait until February.

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For now, Boston’s activity in trade discussions is normal for this time of year. However, it remains clear with this team’s roster composition that the front office has always been focused on building for the future, rather than pushing to make a postseason run this year. That reality makes any veteran on the roster a potential trade candidate.

Stay tuned.

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