The Boston Celtics are 23-23 and sit ninth in the Eastern Conference.
By any objective measure, the team is struggling right now.
In recent days, rumors have emerged about what sort of moves the Celtics are looking to make ahead of February’s NBA Trade Deadline.
But it’s not limited to minor adjustments.
How much is Boston looking to change things up? So much so that the front office is now willing to trade away a player that has become synonymous with the franchise in recent years: Al Horford.
According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, the 35-year-old big man is now very much on the market.
“After spending the 16th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to acquire Al Horford in the offseason, the Boston Celtics are exploring trading him as they pursue another center, league sources told The Athletic.”
Boston has a lot of problems that need solving. The team’s role players hate the stars. And vice versa. Franchise legends are calling out this current edition of the Celtics for shaming a proud legacy. It’s a disaster.
Paige VanZant kept it real. https://t.co/68mlyaHLpE
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 20, 2022
Solving this puzzle starts with doing as much as possible before the NBA Trade Deadline. Because once that passes, the door on making big changes closes pretty abruptly.
Will the Celtics ultimately be able to turn things around and salvage this season? An answer should emerge in the coming days and weeks.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.