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Orlando Adds Vince Carter In Four Player Deal

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

From ESPN Alerts:

ESPN News – C. Ford: Nets agree to deal 8-time All-Star Vince Carter to Magic for Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee and Tony Battie.

To add to the report, the Magic will also receive Ryan Anderson to their roster along with Carter.

Let’s just say that a starting lineup of Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Hedo Turkoglu (free agent), Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard can definitely rival Boston’s starting five, but only if Hedo re-signs.

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Ainge Really Likes Tyreke Evans

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 12, 2009

CelticsBlog :

“While the Celtics have shot down a rumor that they were talking to the Suns about an Amare Stoudemire for Rajon Rondo swap … we keep hearing their name more and more in conjunction with a top-to-mid first-round draft pick — a sign that Danny Ainge must see someone he likes up high.

While various sources have different players pegged, there seems to be some consensus that one player in particular — Memphis’ Tyreke Evans — is an Ainge favorite.

If the Celtics are going to get Evans, they’ll have to get somewhere in the top 10, most likely the top five.

The Grizzlies, Thunder and Wizards all have picks in the top five and have been open to swapping their picks. While it’s doubtful that Rondo is their bait, Ray Allen and his expiring contract could be.

The Celtics could trade Allen to Memphis for a combination of Darko Milicic, Greg BucknerMarko Jaric. That could save the Grizzlies a little money now and a lot of money next year … but that seems like a stretch. The Grizzlies don’t need Allen and I’m sure he wouldn’t be thrilled to play there.

The Thunder aren’t great partners either. They don’t really have any bad contracts and while Allen would give them a nice veteran perimeter presence, they’re not giving up the No. 3 pick in the draft to get him.

The Kings have also reached out to the Celtics and would be willing to deal the No. 4 pick if they could get Rondo in return. The Celtics would likely want more than just the No. 4 pick for Rondo — and the Kings might be willing to throw in either Jason Thompson or Spencer Hawes

That leaves the Wizards, who are really intriguing. Allen is a fit in Washington. The Wizards are a veteran team that is looking for another piece to make it a contender. Allen also is in the last year of his contract, which means the Wizards could get some long-term cap relief if they put together the right deal. Would trading Allen for Etan Thomas, Mike James, Darius Songaila and the No. 5 pick make sense for the Wizards and Celtics?

If Boston can’t find a workable deal in the top five, several other teams including the Nets (11), Pistons (15), Bulls (16, 26), Wolves (18), Kings (23) and Grizzlies (27) are open to moving their picks. While those wouldn’t be high enough to land Evans, it would get the Celtics a solid pick in the first.”

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Celtics Want to Acquire a Shooter

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 10, 2009

January 10, 2009…

An article on Yahoo! Sports stated the Celtics were looking to acquire a shooter for the bench:

What GM Danny Ainge wants is a shooter off the bench, but he’s struggling to find one. League sources say he made a bid for the Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick recently, a guard he’s long coveted, but an offer of J.R. Giddens and Gabe Pruitt couldn’t come close to prying Redick. What’s more, Orlando isn’t motivated to fortify the Celtics. Suddenly, the Magic believe they can beat Boston. League executives say Ainge has become more persistent this week in searching out deals, but as a Western Conference executive said, “He just doesn’t have any players that anyone wants.”

I guess that Eddie House may have fallen out of favor with Doc. Either that or they want someone larger than six feet tall to be their 3-point specialist off the bench. One thing is for certain: the Celtics have NOTHING that other teams would want to trade for. I don’t see any trades being made with the Celtics involved, leaving us to wait for players to be bought out after the trade deadline to bolster our bench.

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What the Hell is Going On?!?

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 27, 2007

We are within 36 hours of the NBA Draft and the rumors are still circling around the Celtics. It doesn’t look like they are discussing deals that would bring Kevin Garnett to Boston, but now it seems that Shawn Marion is the newest trade talk for the Celtics. Isn’t this the same Shawn Marion that already said that he wouldn’t play for Boston just one week ago? My how times have changed…

At first, it was looking like a 3-way deal involving the Celtics as well as the Suns and the Timberwolves. Suns would get the prize player in all these discussions in Kevin Garnett while the Celtics would receive Shawn Marion. The Timberwolves would go immediately into rebuilding mode by adding the fifth, 24th and 28th picks in this year’s NBA Draft as well as Atlanta’s first rounder next year (currently owned by Phoenix). They would also be given Theo Ratliff and Kurt Thomas in the deal. Pretty interesting if you ask me.

But now, I’m hearing that WEEI has reported that it is almost a done deal that the Celtics would send Theo Ratliff, Delonte West and the #5 pick to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion, effectively leaving Minnesota out of the deal. That doesn’t seem like a bad deal for the Celtics, but now, where will KG go? Perhaps a deal with Atlanta is in the works as they are “dangling their two lottery picks – Nos. 3 and 11 – and other considerations for Garnett.”

Is this perhaps the craziest NBA off-season we have ever seen? With players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion, Rashard Lewis and Chauncey Billups all changing teams, added to the fact that the draft is headlined by Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, I can’t remember being this excited about the league without having any games to watch. I guess only time will tell what Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics will do. I’m sure Paul Pierce is in the same seat as me when it comes to wondering “What the hell is going on?!?”

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C’s Kill 4-way Deal

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2007

This is it! I’ve had it with these trade rumors! I know I said I wasn’t going to get excited about all this, but I lied. I was pumped at the thought of bringing in Jermaine O’Neal, but I think I got the deal wrong to begin with. I got the bare minimums of the deal, thinking we would only give up the #5 pick in exchange for O’Neal, but in reality, we would have had to throw Gerald, Theo and Ba$$y into the deal too. Not sure if I would have gone for that anyways. But according to the LA Times, the C’s were the buzzkill of the rumored four team trade.

The talks turned into discussions about a four-way deal among the Lakers, Minnesota, Indiana and Boston, in which the Lakers would have gotten Garnett. However, the deal broke down, reportedly because the Celtics didn’t like what they would have gotten, ending the four-way negotiations.

Maybe Danny Ainge isn’t as bad as we all think. For him to realize we aren’t getting equal value in a deal is a big step forward in his decision making when it comes to wheeling and dealing. As of now, the only two options I think we should even discuss is bringing in Pau Gasol or Rashard Lewis. If neither of them, perhaps dealing Pierce is the way to go.

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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.

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