There have been rumors circulating that the Celtics have been receiving calls about Paul Pierce’s availability for a trade. Owner Danny Ainge even made comments about the possibility to trade one of them to prevent the Celtics from going into a slump in years to come, by adding younger players. What do you think the Celtics should do?
The new Celtics rookies who I think could have an impact this season.
The Celtics are going to start their season on Christmas Day against the revamped New York Knicks. The last time these two teams met was in the first round of the playoffs last season when the Celtics swept the Knicks in four games. The Celtics have to get off to a good start this season if they want to be contenders. The compressed season will be hard on the Celtics aging legs, and will have to treat the season as a marathon, rather than a sprint. There will be a lot of focus on the big three this season because they are getting to the end of the days as NBA players. Ray Allen is 36, Kevin Garnett is 35, and Paul Pierce is 34. They could still make a title run this season, but afterword it may be rebuilding time because Allen’s and Garnett’s contracts will expire and may be looking retire. If they don’t, great, but if they do it could open up so options for the Celtics because there will be much more cap room.
Another thing to focus on are the new, young players. The Celtics pursued Chris Paul and David West this off season, but failed to get either of them. They acquired Magic big man Brandon Bass in a trade with Big Baby Davis and Von Wafer. They also signed former Pistons forward Chris Wilcox, who could help add depth to our list of big men. These guys could play a big part this season because the big three might need more rest in the compressed schedule.
Celtics rookies don’t tend to make a big impact in their first season, but this year I think one could. Second round draft pick E’Twaun Moore is a guard from Purdue. He and Purdue teammate JaJuan Johnson joined the Celtics this season. He played exceptionally well in the preseason, scoring 15 points in 22 minutes. He seemed very confident. Some of the advantages of Moore are that he played at Purdue for four years, so he has more experience, and he also played basketball in Italy during the lockout. He came to the Celtics confident that he would be able to contend with the other NBA players and he has done a good job of that. JaJuan Johnson will help add more depth to the forwards. He is an excellent defensive player and should fit in well with the Celtics.
The Celtics had an iffy off season, but lets hope the Celtics will come through and make another title run this year with the big three.
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Although the chances are very slim, I think the Celtics should make this trade if they are willing to give up Rondo. The only real problem with this is that Chris Paul is in the last year of his contract, so if he didn’t sign with the Celtics for longer, we would have wasted Rondo. Even that might not be a huge problem though, given that Garnett and Allen will probably retire next year and if we lost Paul, the Celtics would have a ton of cap room to sign other stars. Rondo still has four years left on his contract and the Celtics could build a new core around him, but he does not have a good jump shot and it is unknown if he will be as good without the big three. Chris Paul on the other hand does have a good shot and has proven that he can succeed with a less talent around him. Rondo is a fantastic player and I really like him, but he is also very sensitive. If word goes out the he is on the trading block and a trade doesn’t go through, he may react poorly and have bad season. It is unlikely, but if it is possible I think the Celtics should Trade for Chris Paul. I would also be perfectly happy sticking with Rajon Rondo.
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It would have been nice to see Chris Paul playing along side Paul Pierce. It would have added another person who can create his own shot, and it would take a little weight off of Pierce’s shoulders as well. I am still happy with Rondo, but he needs a better shot and free throw. Last season his free throws were at 52% and he averaged two free throws a game! His percentage needs to go up to at least 70%. I am also a little worried that the trade rumors might affect Rondo’s play next season. Rondo is a sensitive person and we all saw what happened last year when the Celtics traded his buddy Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. I think the idea that Rondo was up for a trade will upset him, but I think Danny Ainge will handle this situation fairly well.
It is official that the Celtics will not be trading All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Rumors were circulating that the Celtics were interested in swapping their star point guard with the New Orleans Hornets star point guard Chris Paul, but those rumors were ceased during a press conference Thursday morning with Celtics president Danny Ainge, and coach Doc Rivers. Ainge said “we love (Rondo)” and said that he would not be trading his star point guard and the rumors about this were not leaked from the Celtics.