A proposed trade would send a five-time all-star to the Celtics as a replacement for Marcus Smart.
The Boston Celtics are in a downward spiral, and their starting point guard is under criticism. Marcus Smart chastised star teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for refusing to pass the ball after the team blew a 19-point lead against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
On the surface, Smart’s remarks appear to be valid. Tatum has a team-high 76 touches per game, according to CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn, yet he only ranks third among all Celtics in passing (45.4 passes per game). Brown’s touch-to-pass ratio is also an issue, as he averages 28.6 more touches per game than he does passes. However, it’s possible that the actual reason for Boston’s offensive woes is a lack of a genuine point guard – a guy who is better prepared to move the ball.
Despite practically handing Smart the keys to their offense this offseason when they extended him to a deal valued north of $77 million, Smart has taken a step back in 2021-22. Smart is scoring just 8.8 points per game in six games, which is his second-lowest average of his career, and 1.7 fewer assists per game than he did last season. Despite the fact that he is playing 3.4 minutes per game more, he is still the best player in the league. Quinn feels the Celtics would be prudent to take a chance on five-time All-Star John Wall, despite growing reservations about Smart’s fit as the team’s primary point guard.
“If Boston needs more playmaking in the shape of a traditional point guard, there’s a reasonably accomplished one on the trade market clamoring for a move in John Wall,” the CBS reporter wrote.
Al Horford and Josh Richardson are among the Celtics whose names have been floated in a proposed wall.
Making a play for Wall, of course, is not without its risks. To begin with, the former first-round choice is now 31 years old. Plus, he’ll be paid $44.3 million this season and has a $47.4 million player option in 2022. Furthermore, the Celtics would have to part with a few players in order to secure his services. According to Quinn, that means a four-player combination of Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Dennis Schroder, and Juancho Hernangomez.
Horford, of course, is the Celtics’ most vocal opponent, but Quinn points out that his… Nokia News – Quick Summary