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I recall Danny telling Red that he would have traded Bird when Bird was no longer "Bird-like", which is basically when his back could no longer stand the pounding and Bird was at the end of his career. I see the same for our beloved Captain. While the will is there, he's really becoming a liability especially on the defensive side. Sure he still has a good game or two but overall I'm sorry but he is not a benefit to this team right now. His skills are declining. I think Danny can and will pull the trigger if the right offer came up by the deadline. Only problem is this....Rondo is attached at the hip to Paul. Many may not see it, but Rondo feels a sense of commitment to Paul and you can see it if you watch closely in games. No matter how much Paul is struggling, Rondo still tries to get him buckets, unlike he did with #20. He would ice #20 in a heartbeat if his shots weren't falling. He doesn't and won't do that with Paul. I think if Danny got rid of Pierce before the season ended, Rondo would sulk like he did with Perk which wouldn't be a good thing. Lastly, I would AT MINIMUM tinker with the idea of starting Green and bringing Paul off the bench. Don't know how happy he'd be about that but oh well. Of course this is just my opinion, but it bothers me to see Paul struggle on the offensive end and on defense....well, I'll save that for another night!
PP won't be traded unless he wants to be and even then he might not be. Dunca, KG, Pierce, Kobe, and Dirk will never be traded. And I am not talking about No Trade Clauses which all those other guys have. It's about legacy and tradition.
Quote from: Kane3387 on December 06, 2012, 12:26:46 AMPP won't be traded unless he wants to be and even then he might not be. Dunca, KG, Pierce, Kobe, and Dirk will never be traded. And I am not talking about No Trade Clauses which all those other guys have. It's about legacy and tradition.Danny was very close to trading paul to the nets last year for their early first round pick and a filler. Nets wanted him but settled for trading that pick to portland for gerald wallace.Not sure if it was the pick that ended up being Lillard or Meyers Leonard.
Heard a couple of rumors that Rudy Gay could be on the block? Any chance the Grizzlies trade him? Chad Ford (1:04 PM): It was explored this summer ... but now that the Grizzlies are playing the best basketball of any team in the NBA? I don't see it. This team has a legitimate chance to win a NBA title this year. You don't mess with that.
Chad Ford:QuoteHeard a couple of rumors that Rudy Gay could be on the block? Any chance the Grizzlies trade him? Chad Ford (1:04 PM): It was explored this summer ... but now that the Grizzlies are playing the best basketball of any team in the NBA? I don't see it. This team has a legitimate chance to win a NBA title this year. You don't mess with that.If we could somehow land Rudy Gay for Pierce then I would do it. Why for C's? We get younger. Gay's contract runs until 2015, which is when most of our contracts expire. Although we are sending Pierce to Memphis, they are a serious contender and it would save some face with fans and media.Why for Grizzlies? Gay's contract expiries in 2015, but most importantly it has increases each year with a max of over 19M in the final year. That might be too much for a small market team to absorb. Plus, there is only a partial guarantee of Pierce's deal next season (5M I believe), so they could have the option of saving even further money if they decide to waive him after this season. I'm fairly certain that the Grizz would have to strongly consider a package of Pierce, a prospect (Melo), 2013 1st rd pick, and cash (if necessary) for Gay. Not to mention that Pierce probably fits better in Memphis' halfcourt offensive style (alongside Gasol & Randolph) because of his game and shooting ability, while Gay is better suited to run with Rondo in the uptempo system we continue to want to run.
Danny was wrong, Red was right.
Quote from: Roy H. on December 06, 2012, 08:08:18 AMDanny was wrong, Red was right. ...which Danny saw when he was in Red's position.