It’s been 6 years in the making, but Danny Ainge and the Celtics have finally made a move before the NBA trade deadline. A team that has struggled to find a rhythm throughout the season are getting some help from the Orlando Magic SG, Evan Fournier, for two 2nd round picks. In the 2020-2021 season, he’s averaging 19.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.7 APG while shooting 39% from 3 and a 46 FG percentage. Another nice fact about him is he’s averaging about 5 FTA a game, more than any other Celtics player on the roster. Someone who’s willing to put their body on the line and drive to the hoop is a player the Celtics badly need right now.
At the moment he’ll most likely be coming off the bench as a great scorer as he’ll basically be the 3rd player to be averaging (almost) 20+ per game. As a team who’s struggled to close out close games, who’s also played 30 close games, the most in the league, it’s very comforting to have another player the opposing team has to account for, in addition to Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kemba Walker. As good as this trade may seem, I still question whether this will really help the Celtics have a good playoff run like they’ve had for the past few years now (except 2019).
Being a Boston sports fan I’m really hoping for the best in this team to get it together. But as a basketball fan, I honestly feel like this’ll only help them win a few more games than before trading for Evan. The Celtics are currently just barley holding on to the 8th seed and are facing the Bucks for the 2nd time in a row tomorrow. Nonetheless, it’s the NBA and I could be wrong.