Rumors are swirling, but will the Celtics actually make a deal?
Of course, they won't actually pull the trigger on EVERY trade that has been tossed out there, but it might make sense for them to trade one or more of their aging veterans to give them a chance to get a little younger and build for the future.
One of the more popular trade rumors would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe. This one has actually been discussed pretty heavily by both teams, apparently.
The biggest snag is that KG doesn't sound too thrilled with the idea of leaving Boston. He says he wants to retire as a Celtic, and that might be more important to him than another championship run.
The next interesting rumor would send Jeff Green and Brandon Bass to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for uber-athletic forward Josh Smith.
Smith is great friends with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who is injured and out for the rest of this season. Smith is also a free agent after this year, so the Hawks might want to hold on to his expiring contract to give them more flexibility in the offseason.
Last but not least, there continue to be rumors about a trade that would be based around sending Rondo to the Lakers for Dwight Howard.
The Celtics may feel like they can afford to lose Rondo, since they've been playing pretty well in his absence. If the C's were to acquire Eric Bledsoe, it would make Rondo even more expendable.
Still, for every time this rumor has been thrown out there, there has been a denial accompanying it. Not that denials necessarily mean anything in today's NBA, but it's worth noting that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he hasn't talk to Danny Ainge in weeks.
Another obvious potential snag in that deal is Dwight Howard's expiring contract. But then again, is that a blessing or a curse?
The Celtics are teetering on the edge of playoff contention and all-out rebuilding. If they were to pick up a guy like Howard, they could very easily decide which way to go, based on his decision. If he wanted to stay in Boston long-term, then they would remain playoff contenders and just find pieces to place around him. Howard would definitely fit into Doc Rivers' defense-first philosophy, and could do well to work with someone like KG, if he were to stay in Boston.
If Howard leaves, the Celtics would have as much flexibility and cap space as anyone in the league, and could go all in on their rebuilding process.
If they somehow made ALL of these trades, they could end up with a starting lineup that would include Bledsoe, Bradley, Smith, Jordan, and Howard, with Paul Pierce coming off the bench as a 6th man.
That actually sounds pretty good, when you think about it.