According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are extremely interested in trading for Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler or Indiana Pacers Paul George before the Trade Deadline this season. The Celtics have reportedly been in on Butler for the better part of the last two seasons, but, while many Celtics fans have been enamored with Paul George and the possibility of trading for him, no concrete evidence has backed up this theory until now.
Lets face it, the Celtics have a good team. Maybe even a great team. Unfortunately, they lack that super star piece that will be able to take over in late game situations and get that much needed bucket. Isaiah Thomas has been a pleasant surprise since being acquired at the Trade Deadline a few seasons ago, but teams are starting to figure out how to play the Celtics.
Instead of focusing on Isaiah Thomas in the fourth quarter, teams have let Isaiah get his and focus on the secondary players, like Al Horford, who is having an extremely down year.
The Celtics desperately need a second guy to rise up and be a superstar on this team. Avery Bradley can't stay healthy, Al Horford is softer than baby poop, Marcus Smart, while explosive, has character issues, and Amir Johnson flat out sucks. Jaylen Brown could rise up and be a star, but he is years away from making an impact on this team. A deal for Jimmy Butler or Paul George would hurt. The Celtics would lose, most likely, both Brooklyn picks and young players like the aforementioned Smart, Terry Rozier, and/or Brown.
A deal for Butler would probably cost less, but the Celtics have a relationship with the Indiana Pacers in Larry Bird. Personally, I would be inclined to choose Paul George over Jimmy Butler, even though both of these players would instantly become the best player on this team. George, when healthy and ready to go, is one of the best players in the NBA and can dominate any given day. Jimmy Butler is really starting to become a superstar, but his shooting is suspect and the Celtics are already extremely guard-heavy, with Butler most likely playing the three if Jae Crowder is not included in a deal.
Many have mentioned the lack of big men on this team when talking about trading for a star. And I agree. Unfortunately, the market for this type of player is extremely thin, if not nonexistent. DeMarcus Cousins was once available, but it appears as if he will be signing an extension with the Sacramento Kings and will waste the rest of his career there. Nerlens Noel is a player to keep an eye on, but it does not make much sense to trade for him now, when he is a free agent after this season.
The sobering truth for the Celtics is that a superstar is desperately needed on this team. Isaiah Thomas is a fantastic player, but he won't be able to lead this team to a championship. If a trade for Butler or George is there, do it.