The Boston Celtics are heading into the All-Star break in a place they didn’t exactly expect to be in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are in the 4-seed in the East but have plenty of competition behind them. In order to fend off teams like the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat and New York Knicks, Boston will need to add a piece at the deadline. That piece could be in the form of Pistons F Jerami Grant, per The Athletic.
The Celtics have interest in the Pistons forward, who is the leading candidate to win Most Improved Player at -230 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Grant signed with the Pistons in free agency this offseason and has flourished as a starter on a bad team. He’s averaging a career-high 23.4 points per game. The thing is Grant was always a career role player. He helped the Denver Nuggets reach the Western Conference Finals last season. Grant could provide the Celtics with another solid wing to join Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.
The Celtics could use more help in the backcourt and frontcourt, not on the wing. Boston could run super athletic lineups with Brown at the 2, Grant/Tatum at the 3 and the other at the 4. Really, the Celtics need a center who can stretch the floor and facilitate a bit better than the likes of Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson. What do the Celtics do when Marcus Smart returns? Would they run super small lineups with Tatum playing center? It could work but it isn’t ideal against the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers.