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Can the Celtics pull off the unthinkable and trade for Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic?
The Boston Celtics are the favorite to make a deal for Atlanta Hawks sweet-shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, per the most recent odds from BetOnline’s special props. Right now, their chances of succeeding are +200.
It’s true that the Celtics could use more proven depth behind their starting six. Although Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard are reliable supporting players, the Celtics could be reluctant to give them important postseason minutes. Meanwhile, because of his amazing deep-range shooting ability, Bogdan Bogdanovic is a tough-shot maker and a valuable secondary ballhandler whom opposing teams should never overlook.
Unfortunately, the Celtics will never be able to scrape together the salary required to sign Bogdanovic away from the Hawks. Bogdanovic’s salary this season is $18.7 million; in order to close a trade, the Celtics will need to add one of their core six players. They haven’t played poorly this season, so there’s no reason to push the boundaries too much.
Furthermore, the Hawks are unlikely to trade Bogdanovic away while attempting to assemble a strong core around Trae Young. Given the flurry of trade rumors surrounding Dejounte Murray and the Hawks’ purported interest in acquiring a top power forward, it’s probable that the 31-year-old shooter will be promoted to the starting lineup in the event that Murray leaves.
Considering all of the previously mentioned factors, wagering on Bogdanovic’s possible trade to the Celtics is not a prudent course of action.