With the 2021-22 NBA season underway, Boston Celtics fans are already looking for ways to improve after a 138-134 overtime loss to the New York Knicks last Wednesday.
The loss occurred without alleged power to leave Al Horford, who was a DNP due to COVID-19 protocols.
In MassLive’s Boston Celtics Mailbag, one fan pitched a name that could overtake Horford in the starting lineup: Sacramento Kings big man Marvin Bagley.
Here’s Cs Brady’s fan’s idea of swapping a wing – which is the deepest position on the Celtics’ roster – for the seven-footer drafted No.2 in the 2018 NBA Draft:
Would you trade Josh Richardson for a Marvin Bagley type player? Romeo and Nesmith are expected to make some pretty big jumps this season depending on the preseason. assuming Ime wants Horford to start alongside Rob when he returns, our rotation of big men is pretty slim. Bagley would give us a great scoring player who is getting even better.
Richardson was traded and his contract was quickly extended by the new president of basketball operations, Brad Stevens. While it was fair to expect Richardson to play big minutes and even be able to start after that, he was not introduced during the offseason and completely missed the season opener with a headache.
He could make his debut tonight, but nothing short of a strong production could have Richardson’s name involved in trade talks, as his salary is one of the few that could single-handedly fire an impact player who has already obtained an increase in his recruiting contract.
As for that proposition, MassLive’s Brian Robb wasn’t quite sold on Bagley yet:
Bagley’s defensive struggles prevent me from pulling the trigger to move a veteran wing for him to Richardson. A winger who can change like Richardson defensively is a much more valuable commodity right now than a big one like Bagley who hasn’t been able to break into the rotation this year for a poor Kings team.
Bagley was not on the Kings’ rotation in their 124-121 victory over the Portland Trailblazers. Harrison Barnes started in the 4th and dropped 36 points and picked up nine rebounds in his place.
If Sacramento sees the Barnes-Maurice Harkless duo as the frontline answer alongside center Richaun Holmes, perhaps Bagley will soon be in the California capital.
Richardson and the Project Review could be Boston’s ticket to bringing Bagley into the fold if Stevens decides to go that route.