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The offseason is in full swing, and the Boston Celtics have made a move to collect even more assets. Long time guest of the Celtics Beat, Jessica Camerato of Basketballinsiders.com, joins Nick Gelso and Jared Weiss this week to discuss the trade and all things Boston Celtics offseason.
The Celtics were able to acquire Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, and another first round pick in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. “It was very creative. These guys have just been so effective at stockpiling expiring contracts, and picks. And what they’re doing now might not have immediate short term impact, but they’ll come into play later down the road in deals,” Camerato said about the deal.
The Celtics have a load of assets, especially draft picks and Camerato believes they can wait on dealing them “I think that’s something they can play the waiting game on. Remember when they had two picks this past year and there was speculation on whether they would use any of them.
Marcus Thornton, known as the Bayou Bomber, can be an electric player. Some nights he can go for 40-plus points, some nights he’ll go for six points. He’s very fickle. She said “any expiring deal whether its him or one of the best players in the league is something that has to be looked at during the trade deadline.”
Getting Tyler Zeller is pretty big. He’s a big body, something the Celtics need. The Celtics have a logjam at the power forward spot, and really have no one at the center spot. Zeller could possibly turn into a starting center. He’s someone the Celtics can develop.
Marcus Smart has struggled shooting so far throughout summer league, but that was noted in his draft scouting report. Camerato said “the important thing for Marcus Smart is he’s playing defense. Regardless if he’s shooting 3 for 15, or 1 for 11, he’s locking in on the defensive end and if you’re an NBA coach there’s nothing more you can ask for than someone who struggles offensively and still gives you what you need stopping the other team from scoring.”
To hear the entire interview with Jessica Camerato listen to the Celtics Beat podcast with Nick Gelso and Jared Weiss. They’ll talk all things Boston Celtics offseason, and go around the NBA in 5.