It remains unclear whether they will prove to be the buyer or seller at this year’s close of trading. One thing is certain, however: the Boston Celtics are expected to be active before the February 10 deadline. In the words of The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Brad Stevens and his company are “open to business” in trade talks that the two Jays are not involved in.
When the “HoopsHype Podcast” was broadcast on January 12th, Michael Scotto supported this idea and dropped a lot of Celtics nuggets in his preview of the trading deadline. Some – like Dennis Schroder, who was supposedly up for grabs – were more obvious than others. Other notable tidbits included the team’s interest in retaking striker Jeff Green from the Denver Nuggets. Green led all Celtics players in 2013-14 with a team high of 16.9 points per game. The Cs are also believed to have completed their due diligence on Center Jalen Smith and inquired with the Phoenix Suns about the possible availability of the former number 10 overall.
As for other current Celtics players who might be shown the door next month, Scotto reports that the organization has provided Aaron Nesmith in trade talks. Nesmith, a 2020 lottery pick, seemed to have found a rhythm in the second half of its rookie campaign, converting to 38.3% of its 3-pointers after the all-star break. Unfortunately, the 22-year-old struggles to carry that kind of consistency into his second campaign.
After a solid performance during the Summer League last August, there was real rumble about Nesmith’s shooting and defensive skills that earned him a debut in Ime Udoka’s line-up. Instead, Nesmith was nothing more than an afterthought in the new coach’s plan, and was even a DNP in seven competitions. In 29 games this season, the South Carolina native has an average of 4.1 minutes less per game than his rookie year. His shooting rate has also decreased, with his field goal percentage decreasing 9.4% while his percentage from beyond the bow decreased 13.6%.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Nesmith said of the Boston Herald on January 10th. “My recording is not where it should be or where I want it to be. And I have to find my agreement with that, and I have to do what I did about it again. But apart from the fact that I continue to take advantage of the chances on the defensive side of the floor, even if my shot is not fired, I make sure that I can still hit without a knight. “
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On January 8, Nesmith and teammate Bruno Fernando were each assigned to the G League Maine Celtics, where the former took his chance. In 31 minutes of play in a 117-89 win over the Wisconsin herd on January 9, Nesmith looked confident, lost 21 points, got nine rebounds and gave five assists. He shot 9-out-of-16 from the field and 2-out-of-7 from 3-point distance.
“Just going out there and being able to play freely and somehow get back into a rhythm is always fun and always a good experience,” said Nesmith. “It’s just fun to play basketball no matter where it is. … So I said I’ll go, go play, have fun. And win another basketball game. “
On January 10, the Celtics recalled Nesmith and Fernando, each of whom returned to their reserve roles in Boston’s rotation for the C’s 19-point win over the Indiana Pacers on January 12, with no attempt to shoot.