If anyone has been watching the Celtics as of late, you would be presently surprised by how good they are actually doing with little to no size. It has become apparent that the Celtics need a big man down low to protect the rim. However, the Celtics are turning into a quick, spread the court type of team and would need a big man that could actually move.
Please enter, Joel Embiid.
The ping pong balls did not fall for the Celtics to draft Embiid in last year's NBA Draft. However, if the Celtics are still as high on him as they were before the Draft, he may be able to be had in the offseason. In an article on ProBasketballTalk, Brett Pollakoff adds some confirmation to this rumor:
"A “willingness to talk” is not the same as offering up players in trade. Of course Hinkie [Sixers GM] is willing to talk about trading anyone on his team; that’s essentially a big part of his job. If someone really wanted Embiid and came calling with some insane offer of multiple No.1 picks, he’d be a fool to shut those conversations down."
Although I believe that there is some truth to what Pollakoff is saying, did anyone see what the 76ers received in return for Michael Carter-Williams? The Massachusetts native won Rookie of the Year last year and was pretty much traded away for nothing.
Well, in case you didn't realize, Danny Ainge has been stockpiling draft picks faster than an old lady clears the shelves at Market Basket before a big snow storm. Danny Ainge had to be talking to Hinkie and the 76ers about a potential trade for Embiid at the deadline. It just does not make sense to me that Danny would not try and get his guy if he was available. Sure, there is an injury history there but imagine a lineup next year of Smart, Thomas/Bradley, Sullinger (if he can push himself away from the table and get in shape), and Embiid, with Crowder, Jerebko, and either Thomas or Bradley coming off the bench. To me, thats good enough to be a Top 4 team in a terrible Eastern Conference.
However, Ainge seems unwilling to part with multiple picks for the injured Center. I do not really understand this because most teams knew that he was going to be recovering from the foot injury prior to him being drafted. If Ainge was willing to take the risk then, why would he not now?
So, please Trader Danny, swing this trade.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS