The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors are two interesting teams in the Eastern Conference this NBA offseason. They have both been in win-now mode but neither team did so this season. It was a down year for both squads and there could be some changes on the horizon. We have already seen some from the Celtics and that could continue moving forward.
It began when Kemba Walker was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder. This left Boston with a need at the top of the offense and that was fixed with a short-term option. Dennis Schroder signed a one-year deal with Boston for the upcoming season.
This is a fix but the Celtics will have to address the problem again next year. For now, they could be looking for some more depth. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continue to be a strong duo but need some help on the perimeter. Boston could also use some frontcourt prowess. Brad Stevens has his hands full in his first season in the front office but has already made some moves.
If Boston wants to make another, the Raptors could match up well for a deal. The Raptors did not make the postseason last year after struggling with inconsistencies and a lack of balance. They lost some key players last season and this hurt their progress.
With Fred VanVleet locked up, the Raptors will continue to build around him moving forward. Kyle Lowry is now with the Miami Heat after a sign-and-trade deal that landed them Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa.
These two sides are looking to compete in the Eastern Conference but could help each other in a trade. Here is what a potential deal between the Raptors and Celtics could look like this offseason.