Ainge should go all the way
- Thursday Chat wrap with Chad Ford
What we are talking about is a growing rumbling around the league, including inside the Celtics, that changes ranging from small to radical could happen before the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
It's no secret the Celtics are taking offers for Gary Payton and Mark Blount. Payton has been telling people he'll be wearing another uniform by the All-Star break, and team president Danny Ainge has never been a huge fan of Blount (which makes it tough to explain the six-year deal he gave Blount this summer).But trading Blount and Payton for cap space and an obscure prospect or two are Band-Aids.Ainge
Shouldn't Ainge, who already has gone halfway with his extreme makeover of the Celtics, go the rest of the way?
The team is 20-22 and has as good a chance as any team to win the Atlantic Division and get a posh No. 3 seed in the playoffs. But what good does that do? The Celtics won't advance deep into the playoffs, and there are growing signs the pieces they have assembled, while talented, don't mesh well.
It is clear the Celtics are very high on Al Jefferson and Tony Allen, two of their first-round picks last June. They also remain supportive of Jiri Welsch, despite his struggles this season. Those three appear to form a solid nucleus for the future.
The Celtics have stated publicly that they have no intention of trading Paul Pierce, their only star and their most valuable trading chip.
But maybe they should trade him.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Spurs breeze past Heat with Duncan in form
- Clippers rout Lakers by record 48
- LeBron says sleeved jersey partly to blame
- Noah recruits Melo to join Bulls, sources say
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- adidas Youth Brooklyn Nets Paul Pierce #34 Black Gametime T-Shirt
- NBA Home
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Bobcats
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
- Heat Index