Free-agency losers trades would help salvage the offseason


Free-agency losers  trades would help salvage the offseason
NBA free agency is finally beginning to cool down, with most of the top names (Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, John Collins, Lonzo Ball, Jarrett Allen and Mike Conley) having found new homes or signed new deals with their existing teams.


This means it's safe to identify the winners and losers of free agency, especially those who have messed up the process or haven't done enough to appease the fanbase just yet.


While it may be too late for these franchises to replenish the roster in free agency, the trade market is still there to act as one big Band-Aid to slap over any mistakes.


For the following five free-agency losers, these trades would help salvage the offseason


Boston Celtics Receive: PG Cole Anthony


Orlando Magic Receive: G/F Romeo Langford, 2022 first-round pick (lottery-protected)


Boston spent a pair of draft picks and the majority of its $28.5 million trade exception on Evan Fournier at the 2021 trade deadline only to see him leave for the New York Knicks in free agency five months later.


The Celtics' biggest signing has been backup center Enes Kanter, who will likely bounce between second and third on the depth chart with Al Horford and Robert Williams III already on the roster.


Even if the Celtics somehow land a discounted Dennis Schroder before the season begins, trading for a young floor general like Anthony would help balance out the roster.


Anthony, 21, averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 0.6 steals in 27.1 minutes as a rookie for the Magic last season, starting 34 of his 47 games. He could step right into the starting job in Boston, sharing the floor with young All-Stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who would help share ball-handling duties.


While Anthony looked like a building block in Orlando, the Magic now have an overflow of point guards. They took Jalen Suggs with the fifth overall pick, and Markelle Fultz is due to return from a torn ACL. Suggs is big enough at 6'4" to play either guard position, but he will be the primary initiator of the offense no matter where he lines up.


The Magic would get the Celtics' first-round pick next season (as long as Boston makes the playoffs) and a 6'4" wing in Langford wh o better fits their roster.

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