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Pritchard, Nesmith and Hauser: Trade bait or player development?

 From the Celtics trio of Payton Pritchard, Aron Nesmith and Sam Hauser, only Pritchard saw significant floor time in the 24-game run of the NBA Finals. But in 12.9 MPG, he averaged only 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Nesmith and Hauser averaged only 3.5 and 2.1 MPG, respectively.

Ime Udoka went with a 9-man rotation, as did the Champion Golden State Warriors - while both teams show four players with double-digits in points scored in the post-season. In the end, the Celtics didn't have quite enough to conquer the 2022 Champs, and the question now is - does Boston trade any of the young guys, including Grant Williams - or do they lean towards developing them.

Hauser is set to earn $1.6 million in the coming season, with a team option. Brad Stevens should end up securing the youngster for 2022-23. Nesmith is signed for $3.8 million, and Pritchard for $2.2 million.

Payton has shown he can contribute, even in the post-season, but his size (6'1") is not what Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka favor. Aron was a dead-eye marksman in college, but that quality has yet to show up at the NBA label. Sam is a shooter-with-size that remains an unknown quantity. More floor time would benefit both forwards, but there may be rival teams that would take a shot at one or  both.

Grant Williams has become a standard off the bench for Boston, but he may have reached his peak. He logged 27.2 minutes per game in the playoffs, but Udoka may feel an upgrade is needed to overtake Golden State. I would be surprised to see all four players mentioned here still in the fold by the Trade Deadline.


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