NBA Trade Deadline: Xavier Tillman Traded Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have traded for Xavier Tillman, adding much-needed front-court depth as they aim to compete for a championship.
The Boston Celtics have made a significant move to bolster their front-court depth by trading center Xavier Tillman to the Memphis Grizzlies. In exchange, the Grizzlies will receive two second-round picks from the Celtics, one in 2027 via the Atlanta Hawks and another in 2030 via the Dallas Mavericks. Additionally, Lamar Stevens will be joining the Grizzlies as part of the deal.
This trade is a strategic move for the Celtics, who have been lacking depth at the forward positions. With Luke Kornet as their current backup center, Tillman's arrival brings a different skill set to the team, particularly with his strong defensive abilities. It is expected that Tillman will quickly establish himself as the backup center behind Kristaps Porzingis.
Since being drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2020 NBA Draft, Tillman has proven himself as a solid rotational big man, initially with the Grizzlies. Despite starting some games, he was eventually phased out of the rotation due to the emergence of other players. However, his expiring contract and defensive prowess make him an attractive addition for the Celtics as they aim to compete for a championship.
Despite dealing with a recent knee injury, Tillman has been contributing an average of 6.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game this season. Additionally, he has been a defensive force, averaging a steal and a block per game. With this trade, the Celtics now boast a deep front court, with Tillman joining the ranks of Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Kristaps Porzingis.
Looking ahead, the Celtics may continue to make moves as they strive to position themselves as strong contenders for a championship. With the addition of Tillman, they have significantly strengthened their roster and are poised to make a strong push in the competitive NBA landscape.