The sad reality of the current NBA standings show just how few dominant teams there are in the league. While the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Toronto Raptors have distanced themselves from their respective counterparts, the rest of the NBA is wide open. The Celtics currently sit tied for 3rd in the Eastern Conference, but were outside of the playoff standings only a few short weeks ago.
Because of this, many teams feel that they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs and are reluctant to trade impact players. As you may have concluded, this is bad for the Celtics. Guys like Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins are sticking around instead of being traded to a team like the Celtics.
However, there are other guys out there, and everyone is available for the right price. According to a report from Sportando, the Celtics are extremely interested in Denver Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari, and have already made "multiple offers" to acquire him.
The 6-foot-10 sharpshooter is in the midst of having the best season of his career, averaging 19.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Gallinari, who is 27, is signed through the 2017-18 season on a two-year, $34 million extension.
The elephant in the room would be the cost of acquiring a player of Gallinari's caliber. While he is not a top-tier player, Gallinari would prove as a serious upgrade and could put the Celtics in a position to be hosting a playoff series this year. Similar to Kelly Olynyk, Gallinari has the unique ability to spread the floor and cause opposing teams fits. At six-foot-ten, he has nice size, but can also spot up and shoot threes with the best big men in the league.
A deal centered around forgotten man David Lee, with a pick or two (NOT the Brooklyn picks) could entice the Nuggets to move their talented forward.
By Pete Packowski