By: Evan Singleton
Celtics fans, we have heard so much about the possibility of Marc Gasol being traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to Boston. Well, is that realistic? The 32-year-old center is still plenty talented, and Memphis has alluded to the idea of a rebuild. So, sounds like Gasol could be on his way out. Right? Maybe...
I am leaning towards no. Though it makes sense for the Grizzlies to move him, I am not sure the Celtics could work it out. Given the cap, and their roster, it would be incredibly difficult - near impossible - to bring Gasol in without moving Thomas, Horford, or Hayward. And obviously Thomas, the heart and soul of the squad, and Hayward, the new star-signing, are not going anywhere.
So that leaves Al Horford. I CANNOT see Danny Ainge and the Celtics moving Al Horford. Nor would it be worth it in my opinion. Adding Gasol and subtracting Horford does not get you past Cleveland or Golden State. ESPECIALLY given the fact that Horford plays statistically better against both of those teams.
That being said, I don't think the trade possibility is very realistic.
Gasol is great, in my opinion. He is one of my favorite big men in the league. However, just because he is most likely on his way out of Memphis, the Celtics have the most assets in the league, and are in need of a big man, doesn't mean the trade is realistic. It would take too much moving around and gutting in order to make it happen.