Celtics Trade Rumors: Boston Set to Target Victor Wembanyama’s 6’7 Spurs Teammate

Published 01/20/2024, 1:50 PM EST

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The Boston Celtics have been the standout team of the 2023-24 season. With the season reaching its halfway mark, the Celtics sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Their remarkably consistent performances, coupled with a settled starting five, make them the favorites for the 2024 NBA title. However, there is always room for improvement, and it looks like the Celtics are actively finding a solution for their poor bench depth.

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According to reports by HoopsHabit journalist Jake Weinbach, “The Celtics are a potential destination for Spurs swingman Cedi Osman.” While the Celtics are in the thick of the title race, the Spurs are rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference standing. This difference in quality and a potential title win could entice Cedi Osman to move to Boston. Osman has proven to be a valuable teammate to Victor Wembanyama, providing scoring off the bench. However, the 28-year-old forward isn’t on the timeline of the rebuilding Spurs, which could motivate the Spurs to consider trading him if a suitable offer presents itself.

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Furthermore, Osman is in the final year of his contract, which would net him $6.7 million this season. A trade for Osman would likely benefit both teams, as Osman would provide valuable bench depth and scoring for the Celtics. Meanwhile, the Spurs could acquire extra draft picks and promising young players in exchange for Osman.

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Cedi Osman has averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18 minutes of playing time this season. Despite possessing the best record in the entire league, the Celtics still strive to make their team better. However, will their pursuit of greatness bear fruits?

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Can the Celtics win the 2024 NBA title?

The Boston Celtics are the odds-on favorite to win the 2024 NBA title. But that has been the case for the last couple of years. Season after season, the Celtics have underachieved in the postseason, despite dominating the league in the regular season. However, this season could buck that trend, as the Celtics possess the most complete and cohesive starting five in the league, arguably even better than the Denver Nuggets.

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Moreover, the Celtics possess a competent bench consisting of the likes of Sam Hauser, Al Horford, and Payton Pritchard. But, this is an area the Celtics could make massive improvements. The pressure is on the Celtics to perform this postseason because anything other than an NBA title will be deemed a disappointment. Will the Celtics live up to the expectations, or will they crumble under the weight of those expectations? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers? triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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