To Deal or Not To Deal?
Posted by r1zzo23 on June 22, 2007
With the whole KG saga behind us, time to look to the near future, such as possible deals the Celtics should consider making. Do we make a deal to help us contend now? Do we look to add more youth by giving up our franchise player? Do we stand pat with what we have got? Let’s take a look, shall we?
If we are looking to contend now (which I’m sure Danny and Wyc are no doubt thinking to save their jobs), we would want to bring in an all-star caliber player. With KG out of the question, the focus turns to three players: Shawn Marion, Pau Gasol and Rashard Lewis.
Shawn Marion, in my opinion, is not the answer for the Celtics. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great player, but he’s more adept to a run-and-gun style, a type of basketball the Celtics say they are mirroring. But when your star player doesn’t fastbreak, then that’s not a good fit in my eyes. Also, to give up Theo and the #5 pick for Marion who could opt-out after the 2008-2009 season, why take the risk on dealing for him. Oh yeah, it also helps that Marion, like KG, said he doesn’t want to play for Boston.
The next potential target the Celtics could look at is Pau Gasol. There was talk of bringing him to Boston last season when he showed publicly he was unhappy about being part of the Memphis franchise. We can only hope that new GM Chris Wallace screws up Memphis as bad as he did Boston and deals Gasol to us for peanuts (he owes us!). I don’t think Al Jefferson and Paul Pierce would be involved with the deal, so who could we package for him? Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green and the #5 pick should get it done, and I think I would go along with that deal. Would Memphis? I definitely think so as they now have a potential dynamic duo in Rudy Gay and Gerald Green, a young PF in Hakim Warrick and now the #4 and #5 picks in the draft. With those picks, they can grab their franchise PG in Mike Conley Jr. (barring Atlanta snagging him at #3) then draft their choice of Horford, Wright and Yi at #5. Sounds like it would work to me.
If the Pau Gasol deal does not come to fruition, then Rashard Lewis could be the man for the job. After having two NBA superstars say they wouldn’t want to play in Boston, why not grab an all-star player that actually WANTS TO BE HERE? He has said he is open to a sign-and-trade deal to Boston as long as his good friend Gerald Green isn’t a part of the deal. Sonics are just looking to get cap space in return for Lewis, so a Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes and future 1st-rounder deal has been floated around. They get $11.7 million contract coming off the books after this season and cheap labor in Ryan Gomes, along with an unprotected 1st rounder next season. Perhaps the Sonics bite at that deal. That would give the Celtics a starting lineup of Rondo, Pierce, Rashard, Jefferson and Perk with us still holding the #5 pick. Sounds good to me.
If we can’t make a deal for either Pau Gasol or Rashard Lewis, the decision becomes to either stay with what we have put together or rebuild, once again, by dealing Paul Pierce. Personally, I would say deal Pierce to Chicago and try to get a Tyrus Thomas, Ben Gordon and a sign-and-trade deal for PJ Brown @ $8 million. That gives us some great young pieces, a likely top-7 pick in the draft next season and a reason to put Gerald Green on the court for some serious minutes. A trio of Gordon, Green and Al Jefferson could all potentially average 20 points a game. Throw in the potential next Ben Wallace in Tyrus Thomas and we have a great core of young players.
Danny Ainge has been great at drafting, but his trades have been sub-par, at best. Maybe he should just stick with what we have and make the #5 pick next Thursday. In my next post, I’ll go through the potential selections for the Celtics at #5, and there are a lot of them.