Just seven months after reuniting with the veteran big man, the Boston Celtics are said to be shopping Al Horford. The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reported on January 19 that the Cs are exploring trade options for the five-time All-Star ahead of the February 10 deadline in hopes of yielding another center in return.
With that said, we may not need to wait until Horford is (potentially) donning another jersey for the Celtics to shake up their frontcourt.
While Horford and Robert Williams have had their moments together this season, Brian Robb of Mass Live believes it’s time for Ime Udoka to move away from the double big look — and that doesn’t mean sending Time Lord to the bench. Instead, the Celtics insider pleads a case for Grant Williams to usurp Horford in Boston’s starting five:
Boston could certainly use some big man depth to provide as an alternative to [Enes Kanter] Freedom’s defensive issues but that player has not been acquired yet (and isn’t Bruno Fernando). So what’s the fix here? Bringing Horford off the bench and starting Grant Williams is a simple fix that solves the problem. Horford and Rob Williams can share all 48 minutes at center in this scenario while G. Williams provides some needed floor spacing for the start group with his 42 percent shooting from 3-point range.