The Boston Celtics really came into their own in the second half of the 2021-22 NBA season. They rode that momentum into earning the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and are currently locked in a battle with the Miami Heat to earn a trip to the NBA Finals.
The Celtics have an excellent duo to build around in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that will provide them hope for seasons to come. Solid supporting cast players such as Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III, Grant Williams and Al Horford have made them a difficult team to compete against.
This offseason, the Celtics very well may play things close to the vest and not look to make a big move.
But, given how close they are right now to winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy, falling short could lead to them looking to make one big move to push them over the top this offseason.
What could that roster upgrade be? How about making a deal for Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton? Ayton is entering restricted free agency and there are some real questions about whether he will remain in the desert.
Should he decide to sign an offer sheet elsewhere and the Suns don’t match, the Celtics make for an interesting landing spot. What would it take to bring Ayton to Beantown?
Let’s take a look at the framework of a hypothetical deal that would accomplish that.