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As the trade deadline draws near, teams around the league scramble to put together deals that they hope will have a positive impact on their second half of the season. That time of year has come, and rumors are surfacing around the league. Although most trade talk has revolved around the departure of Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, the Celtics might have a move, or two, to make in the coming days.
Paul Flannery reports that if Detriot’s Richard Hamilton and/or New Jersey’s Troy Murphy are bought out of their contracts, the Celtics may be inquired to make a bid for either, or both. Both players have had very productive seasons over their careers, but have had deep struggles as of late, with Rip Hamilton racking up the “DNP’s” due to not fitting in well in the rotation, and Troy Murphy getting limited minutes for the same reason, with injury woes piled on top of it. Both players, however, have the possibility of providing intriguing additions to a heavily depleted Celtics bench, which has also been very inconsistent as of late.
While it’s improbable that either player would make a huge impact on the team (what Boston really needs is a small forward backup for Paul Pierce), if the Celtics are forced to choose, they should consider Richard Hamilton first. Rip is a pure scorer, something the Celtics bench could use. He won’t be nearly as productive as he has been in the past, but for a veteran’s minimum, his production might actually be worth it. He has potential to be a good role player on the Celtics, and even though he doesn’t address the team’s most important needs, he could be a really good fit.
The problem with Troy Murphy is that he always seems to have some sort of health issue this year, which is the last thing the Celtics need. One great thing about a Troy Murphy signing would be that he otherwise would have to chance to go to Miami, leaving their biggest hole, the power forward/center depth, wide open. However, his health this year makes him too much of a risk, and his stats when he’s actually played have been lackluster at best. There’s too much of a risk that he’d be more of a liability than anything.
It’s interesting to consider all of the possibilities, but maybe this year the Celtics should consider the option every team has: to do absolutely nothing. Boston is first in the East, they have some injured guys coming back very soon, and they were good enough to get four players into the All-Star activities this year. Why mess with that?