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Following up on yesterday’s theme, should the Celtics give up Marcus Smart in a trade for Aaron Gordon? I hate the idea. – Tim R.
I hate it too. Hate it like it plays for the 1978 New York Yankees. The John Collins/Smart rumors that we discussed in this space make some sense for the Celtics, though I’m not really fond of that deal either.
Gordon makes less sense to me, if it means giving up Smart. The rumored deal, as reported in a couple of different spots last night, is Smart, two first-round picks (with some protections), and some other ledger-balancing pieces to Orlando for Gordon and Evan Fournier.
Gordon is a really good player who thinks he’s a bigger star than he is. Fournier would be a great fit off the bench. To get them, the Celtics would be giving up their best playmaker in Smart on a team that really struggles to move the ball well. Gordon isn’t going to help with that.
Smart is also the Celtics’ best defender. Gordon is good there, and would fit with Brad Stevens’s switching-oriented strategy, but has struggled a little bit since coming back from an ankle injury.
But the worst part would be watching their emotional leader and highest-effort player head out the door. This isn’t the guy you give up when your team is having the issues the Celtics are having. They shouldn’t trade Marcus Smart. They should find someone else like him.
I like Gordon. Great dunker, much-improved shooter, high-energy player. But Ainge has to figure out a way to get him without parting with Smart. That would be cutting out whatever heart this Celtics team has.
What does everyone else think? Would you trade Marcus Smart in a deal for Aaron Gordon? I’ll hear you in the comments.
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