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While it might seem a little far-fetched, the Celtics are again rumored to be in the midst of trade talks, and once again, Ray Allen’s name has been mentioned. However, the difference this time is that the Celtics might be getting themselves two All-Stars in the deal.
Remember when the Washington Wizards used to be good? When the Washington Wizards used to be a team that one would think to see in the playoffs? Well, those days are no more as the Wizards appear ready to start rebuilding their franchise after the incidents with Agent Zero, Gilbert Arenas. Currently, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are the Wizards’ two best players, but with rebuilding on Washington’s minds, these two might be heading out. One of the rumored destinations: Boston.
Yes, the Celtics have been rumored to be working on a trade with the Wizards that would land them Butler and Jamison. The Celtics would send away Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine, and J.R. Giddens. This deal is amazing if the Celtics can manage to pull it off. Sure, they would have to pay a bit more money to pay out the next couple years, but this puts a little bit of youth back in the team with a good mix of maturity.
Butler and Jamison are both in stages of their prime. Butler has been in the league now for seven years and this season he is currently averaging 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 points per game. Jamison, who is a bit older and has been in the league just as long as Paul Pierce (11 years), is averaging 20.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
Allen, who is a fan favorite, is not having a year untypical of his last few with Boston. Ray is showing some signs of age, though. He is still the slightly streaky player that he has been in the past but is still averaging 16 points, 3.4 boards, and 2.7 assists per game. He is in the last year of his contract, but at 34 years old, the Celtics have to ask themselves if they want to even bring him back next season, so dumping his expiring contract to a team that is looking to rebuild seems like a good idea.
Here’s the part of the deal that I love. Not only do the Celtics get two All-Star players, but they get rid of Scalabrine! Sorry to all the fans that love him, but Scalabrine does absolutely nothing for this team. The guy is supposed to be a power forward/center and all he does is dance outside the three point line when he comes in. He may get the ball, but he will pretty much just dribble it a few times and then just pass it off. I thought power forwards and centers were supposed to be down under the basket ready to rebound or shoot the ball of the glass. I guess Scal is the exception. Lets look at his numbers for the season: 1.6 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.1 blocks, and averages 9.8 minutes per game! Those are terrible numbers especially when a perfectly capable Sheldon Williams has been just sitting on the Celtics’ bench since Jan. 14.
As for J.R. Giddens, he could benefit greatly from being on what would become a much smaller market team. Giddens has proven himself ready for the NBA after his appearances in the D-League this season where he averaged well over 20 points per game in the short time he was there. However, with a team like the Celtics who are already very deep with their bench, Giddens does not have much of a chance to develop.
Giddens has only managed to appear in 21 games and play 98 minutes this season. He has scored a total of 24 points in that time and on a team that is rebuilding, he could really do some good.
Now what is the likelihood that this deal will actually happen? Probably not very high to be honest, which is sad, but we can all keep our fingers crossed. Apparently the rumor goes on to say that the teams will be discussing possibilities over the All-Star break. There is also the fact the Celtics would be getting two players who are regularly starters and only losing one starter. Both Butler and Jamison are forwards, the Celtics have two guys in their starting forward positions, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Now I personally believe that Butler or Pierce could play the shooting guard role effectively if needed but how can you either bench Garnett or Jamison? That is not an easy decision. The Celtics already have one of the best benches in the NBA if one of those two were added to their bench there would be no question who had the best.
I would love to see some sort of deal that brought either Butler or Jamison to Boston within the next week or so. This deal would be great, but it does not seem likely in my opinion, especially considering recent rumors that have Butler and DeShawn Stevenson going to Dallas for Josh Howard. I think there will be some sort of move made with the Celtics soon either involving Ray Allen or Glen Davis, who was mysteriously left out of this rumor. I only ask one thing is that if a trade does get rid of a big guy from the Celtics’ bench, let it please be Brian Scalabrine. Please Danny Ainge, please.