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11/30/2021 12:35:34 pm

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Celtics Have Every Player On Trading Block: Will Turner and Sullinger Be First To Go?

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The lack of a star player or a very high first round draft pick is prompting Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge to make everyone on the trading block, according to Hoops Habit.

The Celtics have numerous above-average role players with limited special skill-sets and two of those that could easily interest other teams will have to be Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger.

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Turner started 57 of 82 Celtics games last season and delivered solid numbers of 9.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. He is also a valuable shot creator and can come up big in late-game situations. 

However, his defense is a question mark and he is a low percentage shooter, hitting just 42.7 percent in his career and just shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc.

The Celtics bought "low" on Turner last summer, signing him to a modest two-year $6.3 million pact. 

CBS noted that Turner may be moved to the bench in fvor of a more defensive-minded small forward such as Jae Crowder.

Meanwhile, the Celtics have yet to see if Sullinger is worth the 21st pick it used up for him more than three years.

The 6'9 forward posted 13.3 points along with eight boards per contest in each of the last two seasons.

However, Sullinger  missed significant time during last season with a stress fracture and still remains a non-threat from the perimeter.

At his best, Sullinger is a force in the paint that could shut down opposing centers and power forwards while clogging the lanes and grabbing rebounds. 

With the Celtics bringing in Amir Johnson and David Lee, Sullinger is also expendable.

Both Marcus Smart and David Lee are still up for grabs.

In fact, before the NBA draft, Ainge actively peddled Smart.

Meanwhile, the likes of Avery Bradley, Amir Johnson, and Jae Crowder are least likely to be traded  because their value would not really bring in what the Celtics would want to even bother to strike a deal.

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