Danny Ainge is up to something- this is obvious.
We've got multiple reports from legit reporters talking about the Celtics going after some huge players.
Ainge is putting anyone and everyone on the block
*Rondo for Howard I'm not so sure, although the guy who dropped this one has had some decent rumors turn out to be legit. I'm pretty sure he broke that the lockout was over.
*KG for Bledsloe+Jordan, this sounds like Danny swinging for the fences and has been touted by Adrian Woj- one of the premier insiders of the NBA. Danny is always active and he's definitely been on the phone. I just think KG won't ever approve it and now the pressure is on Danny to get a Josh Smith deal done.
*Bass and Green for Smith... I can see this happening and Smith most likely wants to come to Boston.
It makes sense because when Danny signed these two to the money they're on, it combined perfectly for a max deal type player in a trade (salary wise). The problem with this deal is that Ferry doesn't want another Marvin Williams and Bass is a long term deal. Still they are both good trade chips for Ferry and he could get some nice picks for these two down the road.
*Sullinger, Bass, Lee+pick (or Melo) for Josh Smith
To me this seems the most likely. I think Danny wants Green+Smith for a future. Bass is expendable and Sully is great but he's a great trade chip and we don't know what his back will be like. Might be giving up too much, but Ferry would probably be happy with Sully+Melo + a pick for the future and would take Bass back to make the money work.
*Pierce to Clippers, Warriors or Memphis.
Seems unlikely, in fact the only way I see Pierce moved is if Rondo went for Howard and we sent Pierce out too to bring back Nash? Nash has no trade clause I think. I'm not sure how KG would react either. Seems the most unlikely by far.
So what do you think Danny is up to and do you think we'll see a major move made this week before the deadline? I do. Most likely something like Green+Bass for Josh Smith or Sully, Bass and Lee for Josh Smith and DeShaun Stevenson.
I think we need Green to backup Pierce and as I've mentioned in another thread, an attack of Pierce, Smith and Green would be a huge match up advantage for us come playoff time. How would Miami guard us?
What do you think?