The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets may play in the same division, but there is nothing holding them back from coming together on a trade this offseason. While it may not seem likely, there is an intriguing deal that could be made. That deal would center around Nets’ center Jarrett Allen.
Looking ahead, the Celtics need to focus on finding an athletic big man that could fit with their current roster. They need a center who can defend the rim and who doesn’t need the ball a lot. Allen could very well be that guy.
During the 2019-20 season with the Nets, Allen averaged 11.1 points per game to go along with 9.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He shot 64.9 percent from the floor and 63.3 percent from the foul line.
Bleacher Report has suggested a trade that would send Allen to the Celtics in exchange for young center Robert Williams III, guard Carsen Edwards, and a 2021 lottery protected first-round pick.
At just 22 years old, Allen could very well be the it that the Celtics need to find. He has one more year left on his current deal, which makes it a low-risk move for Boston as well. The Nets like having him, but they also have DeAndre Jordan for three more years.
For the Nets, this deal would be unloading a player who isn’t needed and would bring in a good backup for Jordan along with a scoring guard in Edwards. A first-round pick is a great asset to have and would be welcomed by the front office.
Obviously, with the Celtics currently in the Eastern Conference Finals, they are a piece or two away from a championship. They could even win one this year still. However, Allen would fill the gap in the middle and would likely fit nicely with the roster that Boston has put together.
Other names who the Celtics could target are Myles Turner and John Collins, but Allen would make a lot of sense.
Expect to see both the Celtics and Nets look to make some moves this offseason. Both teams are expected to be contenders in the Eastern Conference next season and this trade could be an intriguing move for both parties.