The 2022 NBA trade deadline is in two days and the Brooklyn Nets have one game in between now and Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. ET. The latest trade rumors will continue to be geared towards James Harden but that doesn’t mean that Sean Marks shouldn’t be inquiring about other players around the league.
The 29-24 Nets are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak that has caused them to drop to seventh place in the Eastern Conference. In eighth place are the 30-25 Celtics who have been a disappointment so far this season, although they have a chance to turn the corner.
Brooklyn beat Boston on Nov. 24, 123-104. The Celtics will get a shot to redeem themselves on Tuesday night at Barclays Center. The Nets will be without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but there’s also a chance that James Harden will be out too.
Boston may get by with not having to face at least one player from Brooklyn’s Big Three so the competitiveness of the game is up in the air. But with the deadline fast approaching, there are a couple of Celtics players that Nets fans can keep their eye on during the contest to keep things interesting.
The Brooklyn Nets could trade for these 2 Boston Celtics players.
2: Josh Richardson
Boston acquired Josh Richardson in July of last year and in August he agreed to a one-year extension with the Celtics. Before being traded by the Mavericks, Richardson opted into his player option for 2021-22 and tacked another year on top of that when he arrived in Boston.
He’s making $11.6 million this season and is set to make $12.2 million in 2022-23.
The veteran six-foot-five wing is averaging 9.9 points off the bench in the 43 games that he’s played in for the Celtics. He’s shooting 44.4% from the field and 40% from long.
His best game of the season was on Dec. 18 against the Knicks. Richardson scored a season-high 27 points (9-of-14 from the field, 5-of-7 from the 3-point line) in 32 minutes. He added five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Boston made the right move in extending Richardson even though he could be on the move ahead of the deadline. He’s arguably been the Celtics’ most consistent player this year and that says a lot since he’s on the same roster as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Richardson would help to boost Brooklyn on the offensive end as a spot-up shooter and he’s a solid defender too.
Given the Nets’ current woes, Richardson would be a great fit on Brooklyn’s roster. He’s drawn interest from teams around the league so even if Marks and Joe Tsai don’t orchestrate a trade for him, Tuesday night could still be his final game with Boston.
1: Dennis Schroder
Did someone mention a backup point guard for Irving? The Celtics have one whose name has been floating around on the trade market. Dennis Schroder.
The 28-year-old is averaging 14.4 points and 4.3 assists in the 48 games that he’s played in. He’s shooting 43.8% from the field and 34.9% from the 3-point line.
It doesn’t appear that Irving is going to get vaccinated before the end of the season and Schroder would be a decent replacement in games played at Barclays Center. He signed a one-year, $5.9 million contract with Boston before the start of the season.
In the Celtics 116-83 win over the Magic on Sunday, Schroder scored 22 points (8-of-15) off the bench.
If the Nets traded for Schroder, it might help to ease Harden’s reported frustrations over having to carry the majority of the workload in both Irving and Durant’s absence in games played in Brooklyn.
Schroder’s started over half of the games (25) that he’s played in this year for Boston so he has experience coming off the bench and as a starter. Irving’s part-time status makes a consistent lineup impossible but Schroder would help to bridge the gap.
However, reportedly the Bulls and Bucks have made offers for Schroder so if the Nets decide to pass on the point guard, he could end up with one of their top competitors in the East.