The Celtics (and their fans) are hyper-focused on ways to upgrade the roster, which means a lot of attention on guys that the team can add. But with the roster maxed out, that means someone is going to have to be voted off the island.
Most likely, if there’s a trade we’ll see at least one player going the other way (even in a trade involving the TPE). Even if the deal is only involving draft compensation going out, someone would have to be waived. In the same way, if the team makes no deals but signs a buyout player, they’ll still need to waive someone to make room for him.
Some of the most likely trade candidates include Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, Tristan Thompson, and Grant Williams. Other names that could be included in deals include Carsen Edwards, Javonte Green, and Semi Ojeleye. Some less likely names would include Daniel Theis, Payton Pritchard, or perhaps even Robert Williams III.
Personally I don’t see any deals involving Kemba Walker or Marcus Smart but I guess you never know. One would have to imagine that Jayson Tatum is untouchable and Jaylen Brown is off the table unless you are talking about Bradley Beal or Karl Anthony Towns.
If the Celtics simply need to clear a roster spot I could see Jeff Teague, Carsen Edwards, or Javonte Green as candidates to be waived.
Remember that you can’t waive a two-way player (in our case Tremont Waters or Tacko Fall) to make room for a 15th man rotation player. Technically I believe two-way players can be traded, but I believe they would have to go into an open two-way roster spot.
So who do you think is the most likely to be no longer on the Celtics once the trade deadline and buyout season is over?