BOSTON -- With the NBA trade deadline just 48 hours away, the Boston Celtics are actively looking at ways to upgrade their roster.
They’ve already taken a step in that direction by coming to terms on a one-year, $5 million deal with Greg Monroe that will become official sometime around or shortly after Thursday’s trade deadline.
The reason for the holdup: Boston wants to maximize its flexibility to add another potential piece to the roster via trade, with Memphis’ Tyreke Evans and Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams being at the top of Boston’s wish list.
“There’s all sorts of things that factor in whether we do deals or don’t do deals,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told NBC Sports Boston. “Some of it is balancing your roster. Some of it is, the upside of some our (younger) players and being patient. Some of it is payroll. All of those things are major factors.”
And those factors have to be weighed against the cost of adding a new player in addition to the expected impact that a new player would have on the roster.
With Evans and Williams, both players bring a different set of skills to the game, obviously.
But how do they fit in with the Celtics?
Any trade will mean at least one current Celtic will be playing elsewhere.
But that departure won’t have a significant impact on how Boston plays stylistically, at either end of the floor.
Here’s a look at four factors as to why Tyreke Evans or Lou Williams would be a good fit for Boston.
-- At 6-foot-6, has the size and versatility to play multiple positions
-- The former Rookie of the Year shooting 39.2 percent on 3’s.
-- A nine-year veteran, has only four playoff games under his belt so he’s looking for winning culture.
-- Provides Boston with another ball-handler.
-- A career 11.2 points per game scorer in the playoffs, fills a specific need of the Celtics.
-- Proven veteran who would be joining a Celtics squad that’s among the youngest teams in the NBA.
-- Role with Clippers may be reduced with Danilo Gallinari’s improved health, arrival of Avery Bradley.
-- Will help the offense with better spacing.