I posted this kinda late a night or so ago (on the West coast), so maybe it didn't get enough traction b/c of that......or maybe you all think it's a sucky trade. Either way, I think now that Barbosa is also done on top of Rondo/Sully already, and the guard depth is even further compromised, Danny has to make a BIG move either way to keep momentum in the team's corner, or just suck F@$K it, and blow this cursed injury prone year up, to start a full rebuild.
If Ainge is serious about keeping PP/KG in town at this point, and serious about winning now, then this is the move to make, IMO.
Sacramento does this because they are on the move, and already in the tank. Evans likely is not getting signed next season, so for them it's a no brainer. They can tank the rest of the way, net a top 5 pick, and roll with that plus Rondo/DMC/Thornton/Salmons etc.
Boston NEEDS a volume trade, simply to fill the roster out from a numbers perspective. This trade also brings true talent as well to help this team overcome injuries, and continue to play at a high level. Thompson instantly starts over Bass, giving the Celtics a far better rebounding front court, and a guy who can guard many Centers in the league. Thompson can slide to Center when Bass checks in, and KG rests.
Evans would be a scoring machine off the bench for this team, and has enough size to play a small SF, on top of Guard and running a little PG if need be. I figured Thomas would be more of a factor in the trade in 2013/14, but now that Barbosa is down as well, we need another PG at the end of the bench.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Evans possibly fight for a starting role as well. I really like the depth chart of
pick up another veteran big and another 6'6/6'7 wing player, and that is a nice looking team to take in to battle come playoff time
If they can all stay healthy!