6 Potential Celtics Trades to Push Boston into NBA's Elite

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6 Potential Celtics Trades to Push Boston into NBA's Elite
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The Boston Celtics are in an interesting position leading up to Thursday's trade deadline, with three conceivable doors to choose from, each leading to three significantly different long-term paths.

They can do nothing, stand pat, rely on experience and leadership and hope what they have is enough to take down teams like the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers.

They can sell, sell, sell by convincing Kevin Garnet to waive his no-trade clause, then dealing Paul Pierce in an attempt to accelerate the rebuilding process.

Or, in what's probably the most difficult door to break through, they can do what most fans probably want to see: Keep Garnett and Pierce, then somehow acquire an impact player to improve their team's shot at a title this season.

The proposed trades that follow would all make the Celtics a better team this year, but the future is another story. For this exercise, the future has no bearing; they're constructed with the present in mind.

So here are six deals, ranked from least to most helpful, with regards to Boston's shot at eventually dethroning the Heat and winning an 18th championship.

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