Celtics Eye Rockets Forward Jae’Sean Tate for Potential Acquisition

‣ The Boston Celtics are reportedly targeting Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline, with Tate in the second year of a three-year, $22.1 million contract he signed in 2022.
‣ Jae’Sean Tate’s reduced role in the Rockets this season, with career lows in points, rebounds, assists, and minutes per game, might make him a viable trade option for teams like the Celtics.
‣ The Celtics could offer Lamar Stevens, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton in a trade for Jae’Sean Tate, although such a trade might impact the Celtics’ bench depth.

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The Boston Celtics have their eyes on a prize. Specifically, Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate, as the Feb. 8 trade deadline looms. Tate’s in the midst of a three-year, $22.1 million deal with Houston, a contract he inked back in 2022.

“Alternatively, Jae’Sean Tate, who league sources said is attracting interest from the likes of Boston and Phoenix, is movable,” penned The Athletic’s Kelly Iko.

Houston’s got options. They could throw in expiring contracts like Victor Oladipo and Boban Marjanovic. Or even dangle center Landale with a longer-term salary. Plus, they’ve got draft capital, like second-round picks, to sweeten any deal.

But here’s a twist. John Gambadoro, a voice you might know from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix, tweeted something interesting. Apparently, the Suns “do not have interest in Jae’Sean Tate.” So, does this open a door for the Celtics?

Tate’s role with the Rockets has seen better days. After clocking in averages of 9.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in the 2022-23 season, he’s hit career lows this season. We’re talking 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and just 18.2 minutes per game.

Money talks, and Tate is making $6.5 million with Houston this season. Next season? He’s got a club option worth $7 million. Interestingly, that’s more than what the Celtics could use with the Grant Williams trade exception.

So, what’s Boston’s move? They could put Lamar Stevens, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton on the table. Stevens is on a one-year, $2 million deal, Mykhailiuk on a one-year, $2.35 million deal, and Banton’s got a two-year, $4.22 million deal. Banton alone is pocketing $2.01 million this season.

Combining those contracts could pave the way for Tate to Boston. But, it’s not all roses. Such a trade could take a toll on the Celtics’ bench depth. Ultimately, Boston might look inward to fill their 15th roster spot or scout the buyout market.

Bobby Krivitsky chimed in on Twitter, pointing out that Tate’s $6.5 million salary doesn’t fit into the $6.2 million Grant Williams TPE. Plus, Tate’s three-point shooting average? A modest 30.5% on 2.3 attempts. Krivitsky’s betting against a trade for Tate.

Interestingly, both the Celtics and Suns had their sights set on Tate last season too. According to Iko, the Suns, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, and Washington Wizards all showed interest in February 2023. But Houston wasn’t ready to part ways with Tate unless the offer was too good to pass up.

“The Rockets aren’t looking to trade the 27-year-old forward who is internally regarded as one of the most important pieces of this youthful roster,” sources told Iko. But hey, never say never. If the right offer comes along, who knows?

Last year’s chatter doesn’t matter much now. The Rockets have their eyes on the playoffs. If Boston throws Stevens and/or Banton into the mix, it’s just one of the options for the Western Conference contender to mull over.

James Shotwell
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