In Boston, we've grown accustomed to winning ever since the turn if the millennium (yes that includes the Red Sox). But there are areas in which every team can improve. So I have drawn up one trade that each Boston team needs to make to put them over the top.
1. The New England Patriots
It's fair to say that the Patriots secondary has been inconsistent to say the least. The tag team of Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan hasn't been what we hoped for. Even with the 5 INTs they've combined for, there are plenty of holes in that secondary: and Joe Haden, barring any injury, is one of the top cornerbacks in the game that could fill in those holes.
Now it's obvious that to acquire Haden, the Patriots are going to have to give up a couple of impactful players. Those two are Patrick Chung and Jerod Mayo.
Chung, although I love the guy, isn't really a top-notch safety in the league and the Pats really pride themselves on their depth. I could see Bill doing with Butler or Ryan what he did to D-Mac and turn him into a safety. Also, Jerod Mayo. It's been a pleasant surprise to see Jerod Mayo playing a healthy season so far but, with guys like Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, he really hasn't performed to the same level as his two teammates. Jonathan Freeny can step up and take the place of Mayo. And let's not forget Joe Haden is going to be in that secondary.
2. The Boston Celtics
Celtics Get: Demarcus "Boogie" Cousins
Kings Get: Evan Turner, Kelly Olynyk, and first round picks
The Celtics have a great compliment of young guards, even their front court is looking like it's on the rise. Isaiah Thomas looks like the early front runner for the sixth man of the year award but, let's be real, your number one option cannot come off the bench.
Cousins has had problems with technical fouls over the years, but this guy can flat out play. He did have an incident with Marcus Smart last year where he threw Smart down to the floor, but he's a star in the game.
Plus, we could get him pretty cheap.
That's because head coach, George Karl, has been pushing the front office to trade him. Evan Turner was really good last year, but he has been throwing up too many threes and he has almost no dribbling coordination. That being said, he's a good backup to Rudy Gay. Kelly Olynyk would almost certainly have to be the starter in SAC if we get Cousins, but he's not bad. He is a stretch 4/5 who can shoot the three and rebound a little bit. Plus he was a PG in high school and his passing ability shows just that.
Checkout Part 2 to see my trade for the Bruins and Red Sox.