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Celtics looking to trade for a backup SF



http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/09/danny-ainge-confirms-celtics-are-looking-for-deadline-trade/

 

Maybe Ernie should be looking into this. I feel like a guy like Al Thornton or Josh Howard could fit it nicely with that team. Obviously their starter is Paul Pierce but they were so thin at that position even before Marquis Daniels went down. He could be out a month or two and they clearly need a capable backup, especially while they still have their "championship window" before KG, Ray Ray, and Pierce get too old. Al Thornton and Josh Howard both could mesh well with the Celtics. The C's are one of the top defensive teams in the league which is something Howard and Al are exceptional at. They could also produce some offense for them which would be gravy for that team. I think most would agree here that neither Al or J Howard are in this team's longterm plans. I don't even expect either of them to be back next year seeing how both their contracts are expiring this year. The fact that their deals are expiring could also be attractive to the Celtics. 

 

Who do the Celtics have that we might want?

 

Looking at their roster, there are not too many guys I would want. I love Ted's philosophy of trading guys for a "player and a prospect". I think it might be asking a little too much for a 1st rd draft pick for either Al or Howard although that is probably what I would prefer. It might not be totally impossible, however, since their pick will be around the bottom 5 of the 1st round and on a team like the Celtics that player might not ever see the court (we traded away our #5 pick for two 1 year rentals...holy shit... hindsight is 20/20 I guess).

 

Anyway, another option that intrigues me on their roster is Avery Bradley, the rookie guard out of Texas. The C's drafted him #19 overall and I really liked him coming out Texas. He is a 6'3" point guard/ shooting guard who possesses elite defensive potential as well as natural scoring ability. I think one of the questions with him coming out was that scouts were unsure if he was a point guard or shooting guard. I remember watching him at Texas and thinking he could definitely be a point at the next level. I love his explosiveness and the main attraction is definitely his defense. Here is a scouting report on him before last years draft:

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/05/18/avery-bradley-nba-draft-profile-and-scouting-report/ 

 

He has only appeared in 14 games for the Celtics and was recently on their D league squad for the past month. They already have Nate Robinson backing up Rondo so minutes have been tough for him. I would really like to have him here where he can be a 3rd or 4th guard. Trading away a guy like Al or Howard who wouldn't be here next year for a a rookie drafted at #19 sounds good to me. Bradley, Wall, and Young could grow together to form a nice rotation and they all possess the tools to be great perimeter defenders. 

What do you guys think?

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