After yet another disappointing loss Sunday to the Washington Wizards, it's becoming clear the Boston Celtics need to make a move if they're to compete for a championship in 2021.
But who would be the best potential fit?
The C's have some intriguing options on the table with their $28.5 million traded player exception. Brian Scalabrine joined Chris Forsberg on a brand new episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast to share his wish list.
Number one on Scalabrine's list? That would be Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant. The 26-year-old is averaging 23 points per game so far this season.
If acquiring Grant is too much of a long shot, Scal says Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes would be his choice. Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic is another option, though Scal believes the need for a wing far outweighs the need for a big.
"My perspective is just championship, right? So I don't think just having a big is going to improve our team as much as a versatile wing. ... I'm more looking for more versatility, and the reason why Grant is so intriguing is because he's such a dominant defensive player," Scalabrine told Forsberg. "Harrison Barnes, he doesn't play with length but he plays with great spacing. ... So I'm looking more on the defensive end of the floor when it comes to those two guys.
"Vucevic is fine, he doesn't bring that much of a defensive presence. What I'm saying is you're coaching around him. ... I'm not down on Vucevic, I would take him and he's a good player, but from what I understand from the Boston Celtics right now is they'll be willing to take on salary and go into the tax if the Celtics are a championship-level team. So I just don't think that Vucevic is checking the box totally."
Also in the new episode: Assessing the panic meter with the Celtics. What’s the root of the ball movement issues? And is it on the players or the coach to get consistency out of the bench?