The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors are two interesting teams in the Eastern Conference this NBA offseason. They’ve both been in winning mode now, but neither team has this season. It has been a sluggish year for both teams and there could be changes on the horizon. We’ve seen this from the Celtics before and it could continue to move forward.
It all started when Kemba Walker was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder. This left Boston with a need at the peak of the offense and this was corrected with a short term option. Dennis Schroder has signed a one-year contract with Boston for the upcoming season.
It’s a fix, but the Celtics will have to deal with it again next year. For now, they might be looking for a bit more depth. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continue to be a strong duo but need help on the perimeter. Boston could also use frontline prowess. Brad Stevens has his hands full in his first season at the front office but has already taken a few steps.
If Boston is to make another one, the Raptors might just compare themselves for a deal. The Raptors did not make the playoffs last year after struggling with inconsistencies and a lack of balance. They lost key players last season and that has hampered their progress.
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With Fred VanVleet locked up, the Raptors will continue to build around him to move forward. Kyle Lowry is now with the Miami Heat after a signing and trade deal that won them Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa.
These two teams are looking to compete in the Eastern Conference but could help each other in a trade. Here’s what a potential Raptors-Celtics deal could look like this offseason.