It’s that time of year again. The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and ready to stir up a frenzy of activity throughout the league. No league trades players as often as the NBA. Players are constantly swapping teams.
Here are a few of the rumors that have begun to circulate the inter webs involving the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are slated to be one of the more active teams at the deadline. They’re either going to blow it up entirely or make a host of deals trying to put a patch-work team together, a team that is somewhat capable of making a playoff run.
Some of the trades are outrageous, some are pretty good.
Regardless of whether of not these trades will happen, the trades can happen, based on the contracts and salary cap situations, according to ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine:
Here we go:
The Denver Nuggets receive: Ray Allen, Chris Wilcox and Avery Bradley
The Boston Celtics receive: Andre Miller, Chris Andersen and Jordan Hamilton.
The Skinny: The Celtics end of with a center, a player with more upside than Bradley in Hamilton. Miller is simply filler needed to make the deal and has some value with his expiring contract.
The Los Angeles Lakers receive: Rajon Rondo, Keyon Dooling and Ray Allen
The Boston Celtics receive: Andrew Bynum and Steve Blake.
The Skinny: You have to spend money to make money. Adding Ray Allen to the mix will likely sweeten the deal enough to move in the Celtics favor. Blake is a decent, capable guard. I would not got to battle with him, but I would have him come off the bench for short money. The Lakers finally get the point guard the covet and another lockdown shooter in Allen.
The Memphis Grizzlies receive: Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass and Jermaine O’Neal.
The Boston Celtics receive: OJ Mayo, Zach Randolph and a 2012 1st round draft pick.
The Skinny: The Celtics swap Rondo for a legit big. The Grizz sure up their backcourt with the addition of Rondo and get a role player in Bass and an expiring contract in JO. The Celtics stockpile another draft pick and can potentially move Mayo, and his expiring contract, for another pick or capable role player.
The Houston Rockets receive: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and a second round draft pick.
The Boston Celtics receive: Kevin Martin, Chandler Parsons, Louis Scolla and a first round raft pick.
The Skinny: The trade is pretty even on both sides. The trade is contingent on the Rockets making their move going all in on this season. Pierce and Allen are considerable upgrades and can bring a new swagger to the Rockets. The Celtics save some money on the Pierce deal and immediately get younger and a little more athletic. Parsons has value and is signed for cheap money.
One of the more outrageous deals involves the Celtics and the Kings, the deal has a ton of moving part, but the money works.
The Boston Celtics receive: Jimmer Fredette, Francisco Garcia, DeMarcous Cousins and J.J. Hickson.
The Sacremento Kings receive: Rajon Rondo, Chris Wilcox, Jujuan Johnson and Greg Stiemsma.
The Skinny: Rondo and Evans would be an excellent backcourt for the Kings. Cousins would be huge for the Celtics as a presence in the middle. The more I think about it, the more I like the deal. Johnson and Fredette are essentially a straight-up deal at this point and the addition of the other players is just the filler needed to make the money work on both sides.
One deal that is making a lot of noise on the web is a deal involving the Utah Jazz and the C’s. In this deal:
The Boston Celtics receive: Paul Millsap and Devon Harris.
The Utah Jazz receive: Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.
The Skinny: The Jazz get a proven player in Rondo. The Celtics get a nice player in Millsap and take a chance on Harris being able to return to his All-Star form. While the trade does involve some risk for the Celtics, Harris is the type of player worth taking a risk on. The Celtics sure up the front court and can potentially add a nice piece to the backcourt.
We’ll post more as they come in. Be sure to post your thoughts on these trades or any others in the comments section.