NBA rumors: Celtics looking for playmaker/wing-type player at trade deadline

The Boston Celtics are playing some of their best basketball of the 2021-22 season with the February 10 NBA trade deadline not too far away.

The C’s have won four of their last five games and, despite entering Tuesday as the 10th place team in the Eastern Conference standings, they sit just four games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers in the No. 4 seed.

With a soft upcoming schedule that includes many beatable opponents over the next few weeks, the C’s could realistically be a top-six team in the East when the All-Star break hits in mid-February.

What Brad Stevens sees as Celtics’ biggest need entering deadline

What is the Celtics’ mindset with the trade deadline approaching? Here’s what league insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Sunday afternoon on ESPN’s “NBA Today”. 

“Listen, it’s to build around Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, not to break those two up,” Wojnarowski explained. “I think the hard part for Boston is what are the other tradable assets that they’re willing to move on from. They don’t want to trade Robert Williams, their young center. That’s a player that they really see, I think at the center — figuratively — of what they’re doing moving forward.

“I think Marcus Smart, some of the young players on the roster, second- and third-year guards/forwards, I think they’re seeing what the value (is) for those players out there, and Josh Richardson. Dennis Schroder — that’s a player I think if they can keep building…

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