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Trade rumors have been rolling around Boston as the NBA draft approaches. The biggest rumor involves a blockbuster trade that has Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen headed to the Phoenix Suns for Amare Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa. Another involves Kendrick Perkins and Rondo going to the Memphis Grizzlies for their second overall pick.
Boston Sports Columnist Bob Ryan said these rumors were “nonsense,” but Danny Ainge does have a history of trading around when he can.
Ray Allen, who was automatic in the playoffs, unfortunately is getting old, not to say he’s not getting any worse or better, but there could definitely be some motivation to trade him since his contract expires next year.
As for Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, there is no doubt that their value is increasing. Both are young and really starting to emerge as dominant forces, Rondo especially. Some are throwing the young point guard into the same class as Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, and Steve Nash. So, obviously what it costs to pay him is going to increase.
But, the question rises, can Barbosa play point guard? Stoudemire is young and one of the most versatile players in the league, but we already have Kevin Garnett. Unless Ainge is looking to the future beyond Garnett as well, the trade makes sense, especially with Garnett in injury trouble, but why would the Celtics want to risk a point guard issue? They already have one of the best in the league, and he is only getting better.
As for Perkins to the Grizzlies for an early pick, there is potential for the Celtics to move and try to land a Center like Hasheem Thabeet. But, with Rondo involved in the trade, it doesn’t seem like that trade would stick, unless they’re willing to pick up a younger point guard in the draft just to free up cap space since Rondo is due for a raise.
Celtics fans are itching for a healthy Big Three and the original Celtics squad. It is hard to respect the Lakers championship when their toughest competition (the C’s) was not intact. Paul Pierce even wrote on his Twitter page that the Lakers will really have to earn it next year.
A Ray Allen trade seems the most possible, but at the core, talks now are just rumors, mere whispers that have been blown out of proportion.
It doesn’t seem, at this point, like anyone from the Celtics is going anywhere.