Celtics trade rumours: Boston in the market for big man ahead of deadline (report)

The Celtics aren’t about to make a massive roster-changing move ahead of the Feb. 9 trade market as they’re still one of the best teams in the NBA. But Boston president Brad Stevens can put together a move that upgrades the roster’s depth ahead of what the Celtics hope will be a long playoff run. Boston has been linked to some players like the Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl or the Pelicans’ Willy Hernang√≥mez. And the C’s are looking to add a big man in the trade market, according to Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes. Boston will also look at buyout market options if a trade doesn’t materialize, Haynes reported. With the Celtics managing both Robert Williams III and Al Horford’s minutes in the regular season, another big man could be beneficial the rest of the way. Boston currently has Blake Griffin and Luke Kornet on the roster as insurance big men. The C’s also have an open roster after waiving Noah Vonleh, who was the first player off the bench for them to start the regular season. Horford has played in 38 of Boston’s 49 games this season. At 36, the Celtics have been conservative with the big man’s minutes, and Horford has yet to play in the second game of a back-to-back this season. The move is natural considering Horford’s age and the Celtics’ deep playoff run last season, when they played well into June as part of the NBA Finals. Williams started the season on the bench after knee surgery right before training camp, which kept him out until mid-December. He’s played in 16 games since then and is fresh off a season-high 31 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday. That’s a positive sign that Williams is getting back to playing consistent minutes, but the C’s will be extra careful with their injury prone big man. The Celtics currently own a league-best 35-14 record even after dropping for both games against Orlando and Miami . Boston is a banged up with a few injuries, but it has a 3.5-game lead on the second-place 76ers. The All-Star break is also a few weeks away as the Celtics look to stay healthy going forward. Celtics’ Jayson Tatum takes blame for late turnover: ‘I can’t let us down like that’

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