When I woke up this morning, I was fully prepared to write an article on why the Celtics should keep Ray Allen for the remainder of 2009 season. I felt this way until I read Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski's report on possible trade talks between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.
A league source told Yahoo Sports, the Celtics would send Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine, & J.R. Gidden to the Wizards in exchange for Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. This would be a blockbuster of a trade if both sides agree. The Celtics would get a veteran forward in Antawn Jamison. Jamison is averaging 20.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Caron Butler is 6'7″ forward/guard with a similar play style to Paul Pierce. Butler is averaging 16.9 ppg and 6.7 rpg.
Why would the Wizards trade Jamison and Butler? The Wizards may be trying to dump salary in preparation for the historic 2010 free agent class. The contracts for Ray Allen and Brian Scalabrine will expire at the end of this season.
If the rumors are true, Danny Ainge could be looking to shake things up a bit for this season. To say the team has struggled in 2010 is an understatement. The Celtics started the 2009-10 season on fire and looked to be the team to beat in the East. Then the injuries came and wrecked the team's chemistry. For the first time all season, the Celtics have their full roster healthy, but still the team is losing games. I hoped the team would finish strong before the all star break, but they haven't. Instead there has been a lot of finger pointing, flat feet, and players looking around blankly waiting for someone to step up. I can't remember the last time they played a full 48 minutes of basketball. They've blown countless double digit leads going into the 3rd and 4th quarters lately and it's getting painful to watch.
With the way things have been going lately, the Jamison trade rumor is very enticing. Jamison would give the Celtics a rebounder and a scorer coming off the bench. The addition of Jamison would allow Coach Rivers to rest KG more and save him for the playoffs. The Celtics would have a ton of frontcourt depth. Jamison would likely come off the bench and give the second unit a very good offensive force down low. I love the trade if the rumors are true. I firmly believe the Celtics are more successful going inside out. Pass the ball inside on the block to draw the defense and then dish to backside player or a shooter waiting along the perimeter. With a healthy KG, this is the most effective offense for Boston. But KG is still trying to find his legs and no telling when he will be back 100% healthy this season. Jamison can fill KG's shoes in the mean time.
This season, Ray Allen is having his lowest fg% from 3 point land. Allen will be 35 this summer and a free agent. It's highly unlikely he will be coming back to the Celtics. If he did, he would have to take a huge pay cut. Allen has played decent this year and has only missed one game this season. With all the injuries he's been asked to carry a lot on his shoulders. As much as I feel Allen can still contribute to the team's success this season, Jamison would be able to help the team more. I would feel differently if KG looked like the KG of old.
The Celtics have dropped from 1st to 4th in the Eastern Conference. Maybe it's the injuries. Perhaps with the team healthy, they will make a push after the All Star break and regain the number 1 or 2 seed. The current roster has the talent to do so, but how long can Danny Ainge wait. The trade deadline is February 18th. I think the Celtics need to make a move, even if it's a minor move. A major deal like this one would be one heck of a bold move, but maybe that's exactly what this team needs in order to win banner 18.
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