Two Trade Ideas for the Celtics, in entirely different directions
Celtics receive: Lamarcus Aldridge
Blazers receive: Kris Humphries, Jared Sullinger (or Kelly Olynyk), Celtics 2014 1st round pick, Nets 2016 1st round pick (or 2018 if they want to wait)
LaMarcus Aldridge is a perfect fit next to Rajon Rondo in the pick and roll. Jeff Green could play third fiddle, and either Olynyk or Sullinger (whoever the Blazers don't want) would be a solid big man next to Aldridge. The Celtics would be a playoff team, but they wouldn't be a legitimate contender until they got a solid wing scorer and a big man defensive stopper (if only Melo could develop)
The Blazers don't want to trade Aldridge, but they may have to. They get Humphries' expiring contract and a solid big man prospect who might start for them right away. They also receive a first round pick in the 2014 loaded draft class and the Nets 2016 (or 2018) 1st round pick, which could end up being a high lottery pick.
Rebuild Idea (trade could not happen until September 12)
Celtics receive: Ricardo Ledo, Jae Crowder, Jeremy Lin, Shawn Marion, Rockets 2015 1st round pick, Mavs 2014 1st round pick
Mavs receive: Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, Omar Asik
Rockets receive: Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, Vince Carter
Controversial, I know, but let me explain why i think this could work (one out of 100 times) for the Celtics. If Rondo wants to go to a playoff team and Stevens wants to start over with the roster, this is a blow up move that gets them out of Gerald Wallace's contract and gets another first round pick in next year's draft class. Lin's awkward contract keeps the Celtics above minimum salary dollar amount, and he could have the freedom to dominate an offense and try to develop into a more efficient point guard. Crowder has the look of a long-time do-it-all role player and Marion is an expiring contract. The Celtics supposedly tried to trade up to get Ricaardo Ledo in the 2013 draft, who is a high-upside wing scorer.
The Mavs finally get another star to pair with Nowitzki and a player who can take them into the post-Dirk era. Rondo and Dirk would work really well together in the pick and pop game. Asik could fill a similar Tyson-Chandler-like role next to Dirk. They have to take Wallace's contract to get those players, but what is 40-some million over three years to Mark Cuban?
The Rockets have a lot of talent, but most people can see that the talent doesn't fit together well. Calderon is an excellent three point shooter and passer who can handle the ball when Harden doesn't. Carter was Howard's teammate in Orlando and could back up Harden and Parsons on the wing. Jeff Green could play power forward in the Rockets up-tempo offense. His three point shooting has improved and Howard could cover for him inside. They would fit together like Rashard Lewis fit next to Howard during Orlando's contending years.
Ainge is no stranger to big moves. I have to think he will do something with Humphries' expiring contract this season. With Aldridge and possibly Love wanting out of Portland and Minnesota, I wonder if Ainge will offer Humphries and a combination of young players and draft picks for them.
But if he can't pull off a big trade soon, I think Rondo will get impatient. Ainge could blow it up and continue to add assets to his roster, waiting for the right superstars to be available via free agency or trade.
Calderon just signed with the Mavs. Also the Rockets said that Harden and Howard wants to play with Lin and Asik this year.
Sorry, the above trade cannot happen until December 15 due to Calderon's signing.
I hate the Celtics but I like their new coach ,sully,jeff green and his heart surgeon their good guys on and off the court.
The Celtics are in for a slow rebuild they don't want to make the playoffs right now so I don't see this/these trade happening. Lets see if rondo has the endurance to stay on a losing team like paul did or when will he be traded that's the only things worth watching the Celtics for as of now their going to struggle at some point this season badly.I will enjoy every moment of it but I will feel bad for my guys but being a laker fan aside as a realistic unbiased person I don't see those trades happing.
If I'm the Mavs, I love the value that we have gotten out of Jae Crowder for the pick we used on him, and I'd much rather keep him then deal him right now, as he is a valuable glue guy. I also would not want to move Ledo until the deadline, at least to see if his high school talent is there, and if he really was a lottery talent. I would also not want to dish our only pass first guard in Jose Calderon away just yet, even if it is for Rondo, because we are giving up a couple good young players, Jose, who is still a serviceable point, and Shawn Marion, who was easily our best defender last season, and is one of the core guys on this roster, and I dont think that gutting our team of two great wing defenders in Crowder and Marion, as well as giving up a great young prospect in Ledo, is worth it for Rondo. He still hasn't proven himself over a season stretch that he can be the man, and still has questions surrounding his jumper. And if im the Celts, I would want to keep Rondo for the exact same reasons, because he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder, knowing that he needs to step up and be the alpha dog, and we should be expecting a big year from him, especially on a Celts team that is void of much leadership.