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Boston Celtics could be an option for Markieff Morris

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ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton breaks down some of what makes the Boston Celtics a good fit for the discontented Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns.

(The Celtics) can offer Phoenix a replacement big man on a rookie contract -- most likely Sullinger, who's fallen out of favor in Boston, though Kelly Olynyk or even Tyler Zeller would work, too -- and sweeten the deal with their war chest of draft picks if necessary. The Celtics get the certainty of Morris' extension as opposed to the unknown of what Sullinger's next deal might look like."

The biggest obstacle to a trade with Boston is salary. Sullinger is making just $2.6 million in the final season of his rookie deal, meaning the Celtics would have to aggregate three players to make a deal work. It's unclear whether Boston is willing to give up on Young -- a first-round pick just 14 months ago -- so soon. If the Celtics were really planning to make a deal for Morris, they almost certainly would have held on to Zoran Dragic, who could have been the third player needed to make the salaries work.

Pelton suggests sending Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones and James Young to the Suns in exchange for Morris. What do you all think? Is this something the Celtics should dig further into?