Celtics guard Payton Pritchard hopes to be traded this offseason

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Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard hopes to be traded this offseason

Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard hopes to be traded this offseason, according to multiple team sources. In November 2020, Pritchard signed a four-year, $10.45 million rookie contract with the Celtics.

His $4,037,278 team option for the 2023-24 season was exercised last October. Pritchard, 25, will become a restricted free agent in 2024 if the Celtics tender his $5,959,022 qualifying offer.

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Pritchard was selected 26th overall by the Celtics in the 2020 NBA Draft. In 66 appearances of his rookie 2020-21 season, the guard averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 19.2 minutes per game. He also shot 44% from the floor and 41.1% outside the arc.

In 71 appearances of the 2021-22 season, Pritchard averaged 6.2 points, 1.9 boards, 2.0 assists, and 14.1 minutes per game. Along with logging a career-high assist percentage of 20.4%, the guard shot 42.9% from the field and a career-best 41.2% from downtown.

Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard is pushing for a trade this offseason

Furthermore, in 48 games of the 2022-23 season, Pritchard registered 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 dimes, and 13.4 minutes per contest. Not to mention, he shot career lows of 41.2% from the floor and 36.4% outside the arc.

However, in the Celtics’ 120-114 regular-season finale win over the Atlanta Hawks on Apr. 9, the guard recorded his first career triple-double. He finished with career highs of 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists in 46 minutes of action.

Is Pritchard asking for a trade to win a championship? Fans could argue that Boston’s season fell apart after winning 110-107 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 25, just days after the All-Star break. The Celtics went on to lose eight of their final 21 games. It was a big deal then because the C’s won nine straight in January.

As a result of Boston’s late-season losses, the team dropped to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference standings below the Milwaukee Bucks. Leading into the 2023 NBA Playoffs, the Celtics were never the same team again at home. They finished 5-6 at TD Garden this postseason.

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