The Boston Celtics started their NBA offseason with a bang, revamping their front office and coaching staff. Former head coach Brad Stevens headed to the front office, taking over the job that Danny Ainge stepped down from. Ime Udoka, one of the most highly-regarded assistant coaches in the league, was tabbed as the head coach.
Stevens wasted no time making his first move, as he traded starting point guard Kemba Walker, their 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2025 second round to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In return, the Celtics received Al Horford and a 2023 second-round pick.
The Celtics were quiet during the 2021 NBA Draft as a result. They had the 45th overall pick and selected guard Juhann Begarin, a draft-and-stash prospect from France. He has some intrigue given his 7-foot wingspan, but we may not see him in the NBA for a little while.
Stevens completed his second trade a day after the draft, this time with the Atlanta Hawks. Boston acquired Kris Dunn and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Tristan Thompson. Later, this was made to be a three-team deal where the Dallas Mavericks sent Josh Richardson to the Celtics in exchange for Moses Brown.
Bruno Fernando is also heading to Boston in the deal. Dunn will give Boston some depth at point guard and they also added some more wiggle room to bring back Evan Fournier or make other moves below the tax and hard cap lines.
With some other holes to fill on the roster, this is a shrewd move by Stevens to afford a little more money to spend with.
Who could Boston be targeting? Here are three post-draft trade targets for the Celtics to look into pursuing.
3. Tomas Satoransky
The Chicago Bulls are looking for an upgrade at the point guard position. They selected Illinois point guard Ayo Dosunmu with the 38th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to start the process.
Chicago is also a popular landing spot for New Orleans Pelicans point guard, Lonzo Ball.
With two new faces potentially joining Coby White in the Bulls’ backcourt, a player such as Tomas Satoransky could be on the move. This is a situation the Boston Celtics would be smart to take advantage of with their own need at the point guard position.
Acquiring Kris Dunn was a nice move, but Boston still needs more help in its backcourt. Satoransky would provide some size to the backcourt, giving Ime Udoka some options when making lineup combinations.
He would also provide the Celtics with some efficient scoring, something they could use more of outside of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. His playmaking would be welcomed as well, taking some more pressure off of Tatum and Brown and helping replace the production lost with the Kemba Walker trade.