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Celtics Talk Podcast: Should C's give up Memphis pick for Derrick Rose?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Should C's give up Memphis pick for Derrick Rose?

The Boston Celtics have just over 24 hours to improve their roster ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, and they reportedly have their eye on a few trade targets.

But NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg has a dark horse candidate for Boston: Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose.

On a special "trade deadline" edition of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Forsberg made a case for the Celtics trading their rights to the Memphis Grizzlies' first-round draft pick (top-six protected for 2020) in exchange for Rose. 

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"Here's why you do it: Because he's making $7.3 million this year, so you can get to the money without really sacrificing your roster too much," Forsberg explained to co-host Kyle Draper.

"The other part is, he has a $7.7 million option for the year after. So, you're not just doing a one-year rental in that case, which is my big thing with the Memphis pick."

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Forsberg conceded that Rose wouldn't fill Boston's need for 3-point shooting (he's averaging 31.5 percent from three this season) and that players like Brad Wanamaker and rookie Grant Williams are performing well off the Celtics bench.

But if the C's want to seriously compete for a championship, Forsberg believes Rose -- who's averaging 18.5 points in 26.4 minutes per game -- would give them a serious bench boost.

"I think he's the sort of bench scorer that every playoff team yearns for, right?" Forsberg added. " ... I just think you need another reliable guy. To be able to go from a rookie to a former MVP? That would make me think about the Memphis pick."

There's currently no traction on Rose-to-Boston deal, as the 31-year-old hasn't been tied to the Celtics in any trade rumors. Danny Ainge has made surprise moves before, though, and this is one Forsberg wouldn't mind seeing.

Check out the full episode below, and subscribe to the Celtics Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.

 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NBA trade deadline. This Thursday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com. Then at 7 p.m., tune into our Celtics Trade Deadline Special.

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:


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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.