NBA Trade Rumors 2016: Boston Celtics Interested in Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Danilo Gallinari?
The Boston Celtics are reportedly interested in making moves before the deadline. And according to CSSNE, the Celtics are eyeing Al Horford and Jeff Teague, and could also set their sight on Danilo Gallinari.
NBA insider Chris Mannix revealed that the Hawks are now open to dealing Teague, who has played his entire seven-year career in Atlanta. The 27-year-old point guard became a dispensable asset, as the Hawks are now reportedly ready to make Dennis Schroeder their starting playmaker.
Teague, who is averaging 14.5 points on top of 5.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game this season, is scheduled to earn $8 million this year and next season, Spotrac indicated. The Celtics already have Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart to man their backcourt but Mannix revealed why Boston could still make a move for Teague.
"Teague might seem like a weird fit with this team because they already have point guards," Mannix said. "But he is an asset, He's someone the Celtics could be interested in."
On the other hand, Horford is the better fit for the Celtics, who have been juggling their frontcourt rotation this season. Mannix said, though, that acquiring Horford will be a gamble because of his huge contract but added that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is known for taking risky moves.
"It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he's going to command a salary north of $20 million next year," Mannix said. "But as we know and as I just said Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that."
Horford, who is posting 15.2 points to go along with 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, is playing in the final year of his deal worth $12 million and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Meanwhile, the report also mentioned the possibility of acquiring Gallinari to add another scoring option. Gallinari is averaging 19.5 points to go along with 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck addressed the trade rumors involving their team. Grousbeck admitted that they could make a move before the Feb. 18 trade deadline but is unsure if it will be a blockbuster deal.
"I think we'll do something," Grousbeck said, via CSSNE. "Will it be transformative? I don't know. There are only a few players we'd be willing to make a transformative move for because the picks could be good. I think the odds are pretty slim you do a transformative trade."