There probably isn’t a team in the NBA that knows that it needs to make a trade more than the Boston Celtics. They are in the eighth slot right now in the Eastern Conference, clinging with everything that they have to a near-.500 record, but they are going to have to play the rest of this season without the injured Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger.
However, the question that has to be answered by GM Danny Ainge is whether the team is going to be a buyer or a seller at the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
It’s a tough call to make for sure. On one hand, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are both commodities that could be traded for some young pieces in a rebuilding effort. On the other hand, there are some young pieces to the puzzle that could be dealt off to try to bring in one more stud to try to give the C’s another chance at making a run towards the NBA Finals.
It’s tough to think that the pendulum has to swing one way or the other, but the worst thing that Ainge could do is to do nothing.
Both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be interested in the services of both Pierce and Garnett, and if we had to make our NBA predictions, we think that a deal with the Lakers will happen at some point down the line. F Pau Gasol is the main cog that could be sent back from Tinseltown, which could at least make the deal intriguing to try to keep a star in Beantown.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Ainge made a bold move at the trade deadline. Two years ago, he shipped off the beloved C Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder for F Jeff Green, a trade that really hasn’t worked all that well for either side.