Now that the Boston Celtics have traded Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jerryd Bayless, it’s open season on non-rookies on the Celtics’ roster!
Depending on which direction Danny Ainge wants to head – contender, or unofficial tanker – I expect Boston to be involved in at least 1-2 more trades this season. It’s entirely possible that Boston resumes talks with the Houston Rockets over the possibility of bringing Omer Asik to the TD Garden, but even if that never becomes reality, the Cs have some roster clearing to do, beginning with the over-abundance of guards Boston currently possesses.
For a team that already had too many guards, swapping Lee for Bayless did nothing to alleviate that logjam. Throw a healthy Rajon Rondo into the mix in the next month or so, and something has to give. The Cs now have three potential backups for the point guard position, and even though Bayless has said he expects to move to the 2-guard spot once Rondo returns, he has already shown fans that he can handle the point, picking up five assists last night against the Clippers. As nice a job as Jordan Crawford has done at playing the point this season, he’s still more of a shooting guard than anything, which means the Lee trade may have made Crawford the most expendable player on the Celtics roster right now.
Of course, there could be a guard who is even more expendable who is currently NOT on the Celtics’ roster: MarShon Brooks, who is enjoying a good run with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League right about now. The Celtics could have allowed Brooks to sit on the bench and rot; instead, they assigned him to the D-League in order to work on his shot, his conditioning, and his defense. It would be nice to think that this move was designed to prepare him for some more PT in the NBA – but Brooks becomes a free agent at the end of this season (just like Crawford), and still doesn’t figure to get much playing time with the roster the way it currently is.
My question for you today is, which of these guards should the Celtics hang onto? The man with the Steez, or the former member of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team who is averaging almost 28 PPG in the D? Or should the Celtics try to get value out of BOTH of these guys while they still wear the green and white? Vote!