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5 NBA Teams That Would Be Ideal Trade Partners for Boston Celtics

Mike WalshCorrespondent IJune 21, 2014

5 NBA Teams That Would Be Ideal Trade Partners for Boston Celtics

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    The Rockets dealing Asik to Boston still makes a lot of sense.
    The Rockets dealing Asik to Boston still makes a lot of sense.Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

    Standing pat this summer just wouldn't appear to be in Danny Ainge's best interests. The Boston Celtics need some work, and via offseason trades, he could potentially improve this team a great deal.

    The Celtics have built up a very attractive stockpile of future assets, coupled with some nice young players as well. They are the pretty, single girl at the trading prom, who everybody wants a dance with.

    However, it takes two to tango, as well as most other dances, and the Celtics will need to find the proper partner to pull off a quality deal.

    Of the 29 other NBA teams, there are sure to be a few out there who have a good bartering relationship with Ainge and Boston, as well as the necessary returning pieces to get a slice of Ainge's asset pie.

Houston Rockets

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    Not much has changed with the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics. There are still deals to be mined out of this franchise relationship.

    The Rockets still hold both Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, both starting-caliber centers who don't mesh incredibly well on the court. They can easily use Asik as a trade asset and move him to bring in a piece that fits better with their current roster.

    A player like Jeff Green could be an attractive swap. His speed and athleticism on the wing would fit their pace. If Chandler Parsons is priced out of their range, Green fits there as well. 

    Brandon Bass is another possibility. He has the ability to either start or come off the bench as a third big with some range on a quality jumper.

    The Celtics have been craving a defensive center for some time now, and Asik is one of the better guys in that category. That he is available in a seemingly win-win trade makes the Rockets an ideal partner.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    A lot of the recent Kevin Love talk has centered around which team has the best package to offer.

    In that discussion, it is the Boston Celtics' name that regularly seems to come up, per Grantland's Bill Simmons. 

    If the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking for a properly balanced package to take the place of their superstar, Boston may very well be their best shot.

    The Celtics can offer a multitude of both current and future first-round picks, with No. 6 this season being the centerpiece. They can couple that with very young and promising talent, including a potential star power forward in Jared Sullinger and quality backup in Kelly Olynyk.

    What Love would bring to Boston is really quite simple; offensive legitimacy. Boston struggled to score consistently last season, especially when games got tight and the time got short. Without a star, go-to scorer on the roster, there was no one to take charge in those situations. That is where Love would fit in seamlessly.

New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics are ideal trade partners for a pretty simple reason. Boston has a plethora of picks, while New York is lacking a draft presence.

    The Knicks' first-round selection this summer goes to the Orlando Magic. Their second-round pick belongs to the Houston Rockets. Next summer they lose their second-rounder to Houston as well, as part of the Marcus Camby deal. The Denver Nuggets can swap their 2016 first-rounder with New York, but even after that, the Knicks owe it to the Toronto Raptors due to Andrea Bargnani.

    Boston, on the other hand, has been accumulating picks at a rapid rate, and it could stand to spend a few on veteran talent.

    There might not be too many names on New York's roster that sound appealing to Boston fans, but if you look deep enough, Ainge can find some value. Whether it is an expiring contract with something left in the tank, like Amar'e Stoudemire, or a young player with potential like Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway, Jr., the Knicks do have worthy players.

Detroit Pistons

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    Under new management, the Detroit Pistons could be looking to change direction on the fly, or at the very least, thin out their frontcourt and eliminate the immediate financial burdens they may have to deal with.

    The Boston Celtics present an interesting counter to Detroit, and they would make for a delightful trade partner, should new decision-makers Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower be willing. Danny Ainge has plenty of assets ready to offer up in the case that Greg Monroe is  made available for an extend-and-trade. 

    Monroe is set to make quite a bit of money this summer, a number the Pistons may not want to commit to. However, Jeff Green at $9 million, per Basketball Insiders, would allow Josh Smith to play power forward. He would also give the Pistons some badly needed perimeter play.

    Monroe is the center Boston needs right now. While not a defensive stud, he is young and talented and could be with the franchise for a long time.

    The Pistons also sacrificed their first-round lottery pick this summer. The Celtics have two choices in the first round, the second of which could be used to sweeten a deal.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    With the trade moratorium expiring at this past season's finish, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are able to trade with one another once again.

    That could potentially come in handy for both teams, considering the friendly relationship their front offices have. Doc Rivers now has, along with head coach, the same title as former boss Danny Ainge. They are both the president of basketball operations with their respective franchises. That could make for some friendly dealing.

    On top of that, the Clippers struggled to find something last season. By bringing in an assortment of mediocre bigs and wings, they may have tipped their hand. That is something Ainge could very well take advantage of.

    The Celtics have the likes of Brandon Bass and Jeff Green readily available to be next in line to take those positions. Both are players Rivers coached in Boston and both are a step above what the Clippers trotted out last season.

    L.A. is also a fairly old team, with just the 28th pick this summer and no first-rounder next year. The Celtics have a boatload of young and future assets that would help the Clippers stay athletic and nimble enough to compete currently and down the road.

    For Boston, the eye still has to be on DeAndre Jordan. Unfortunately, after close to a breakout year and a heaping of praise from Rivers, he may not be as available as he was previously. Still, if the Clippers want to clear out that paint a bit, Ainge will be there waiting.

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