NBA Rumors: Nikola Vucevic Would Be ‘Dream Target’ For Celtics Prior To 2021 Trade Deadline
The Boston Celtics may currently hold the finest record in the Eastern Conference, but they need to still continue to discover ways to enhance their current lineup. As their competitors in the Eastern Conference grow stronger, the Celtics must ensure that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have the necessary assistance they require to carry the group to the NBA Finals and catch the Larry O’Brien Trophy. One of the players that Boston could target before the 2021 trade deadline is Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.
In a current post, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report created a list of 2021 trade deadline targets for every team in the league. For the Celtics, he recommended Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Kyle Anderson as the players that they could pursue on the trading block this season. Of all the three huge males, Swartz considered Vucevic as the “dream target” for Boston.
” The Celtics don’t have a heap of requirements, but continuing to develop the frontcourt would definitely help. Vucevic would be a dream target here, a do-it-all center in the prime of his profession whom the Celtics might run a portion of their offense through. Boston is simply 29th in the NBA in help percentage (54.5 percent), while Vucevic is balancing 3.5 assists and shooting a career-high 42.4 percent from three.”
Though they just signed Tristan Thompson in the 2020 totally free company, trading for Vucevic would still make a lot of sense for the Celtics. His arrival in Boston would further solidify their frontcourt, providing a starting-caliber center who can efficiently knocking down shots from beyond the arc. Aside from being a reliable alternative on the offensive end of the floor, he’s also a fantastic rebounder and has a great on-court vision.
This season, the 30-year-old center is balancing 22.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 3.5 helps while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from the three-point range, per ESPN. Adding him to their core of Tatum, Brown, Kemba Walker, and Marcus Smart would provide a better chance of beating Eastern Conference powerhouse teams like the Brooklyn Internet, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series.
Bringing a gamer of Vucevic’s caliber to Boston would certainly include a rate, but it would not require them to pay the king’s ransom. According to a previous The Inquisitr article, the Celtics might acquire him from the Magic by sending them a package that includes Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, Daniel Theis, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2022 second-round choice.