Celtics Rumors: Brad Stevens ‘Actively Exploring Trade Opportunities’ Ahead of FA

The Boston Celtics might not be finished with their roster changes this offseason, having already made one significant move to acquire Kristaps Porziņģis.

BOSTON, MA - JULY 12: Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens addresses the media during a press conference introducing new players Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari on July 12, 2022 at the Auerbach Center in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)

As per Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Brad Stevens, the president of basketball operations for the Celtics, is “actively exploring trade opportunities” ahead of Friday’s 6 p.m. ET start of free agency.

Malcolm Brogdon was once the Celtics’ most obvious trade candidate. In a three-team trade that also featured the Washington Wizards, he was about to be dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal fell through on June 21.

Boston redrew the deal so that PorziŇģis would join the Celtics from the Washington Wizards and Marcus Smart, not Brogdon, would go to the Memphis Grizzlies.

For two more seasons, Brogdon is bound to a $22.5 million annual contract. The reason the Clippers’ deal fell through, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst last week on Get Up, is because Brogdon has a “health issue” that is “so significant” that it probably prevents him from being included in any potential trade in the near future.

In addition, the Celtics need to decide what to do with restricted free agent Grant Williams.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are “monitoring ther of Cleveland.com.

pBecause Jaylen Brown is eligible for a supermax exten situation” with Williams as they search for additional frontcourt suport, according to Chris Fedosion, there have been rumors of a possible trade for him. However, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, all indications point to the 26-year-old signing the five-year, $295 million contract at some point.

After the offense struggled at times during the postseason, Stevens noted that the goal of acquiring orziPņąis was to ensure that they had greater balance on the roster.

It is true that the Celtics have fewer guard alternatives after trading Smart. Brogdon or another possible trade candidate, Payton Pritchard, might replace Derrick White in the starting lineup.

Boston may be able to leverage its future first-round draft selections from 2024 to 2027 and 2029 to 2030 to boost the worth of a trade offer.

Despite having advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in three of the previous four seasons, the Celtics are still hoping to overcome adversity and capture their first championship since

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