Boston Celtics Trade Ideas: 6 Trade Scenarios Surrounding the Celtics

Chris PhelpsContributor IIIMarch 4, 2012

Boston Celtics Trade Ideas: 6 Trade Scenarios Surrounding the Celtics

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    What a great five years it has been for the Boston Celtics, with the Big Three which could be the Big Four if you include Rajon Rondo. Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have all been sensational. Sadly, it is time for the Celtics to make moves for the future.

    There have been many rumored trades that the Celtics could look into. In this slideshow, you will be looking at each trade scenario surrounding the Celtics and its impact on both sides.

Scenario 1: Jermaine O'Neal for Michael Beasley

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    The trade, per Comcast SportsNet New England:

    Minneseota Timberwolves receive: Jermaine O'Neal, Los Angeles Clippers 2012 1st round pick

    Celtics receive: Michael Beasley

    The impact: This would be a great trade for Boston. Not only would they get more depth, but they would get a young talented player. Standing at 6'10", Beasley is a really versatile player. He can play small forward and shoot, and he can post up as a power forward.

    For the Timberwolves, this trade would not be smart on their part. They would be receiving an old worn-out, injury-prone Jermaine O'Neal and a late first rounder that probably wouldn't help them out much, whoever they choose.

    New Lineup:

    Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley

    Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling

    Paul Pierce, Mickael Pietrus

    Brandon Bass, Beasley

    Kevin Garnett, Chris Wilcox

    Probability: Likely

Scenario 2: Rajon Rondo for Deron Williams.

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    The trade:

    Celtics receive: Deron Williams

    New Jersey Nets receive: Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal

    The impact: This trade would be a plus for both sides. The Celtics get a young star point guard who can score and pass. Although Williams has an expiring contract, the Celtics would be likely to re-sign him in the offseason.

    Also, bringing Williams to Boston could lure Dwight Howard to Boston in the offseason if he isn't traded.

    For the Nets, they would be receiving another star guard with great defense and passing ability. Rondo's contract still has two more years after this, so the Nets could build around Rondo for at least the next two years. O'Neal would just add depth to the frontcourt.

    New lineup:

    Williams, Keyon Dooling

    Ray Allen, E'Twaun Moore

    Paul Pierce, Mickael Pietrus

    Brandon Bass, JaJuan Johnson

    Kevin Garnett, Chris Wilcox

    Probability: Unlikely

Scenario 3: Kevin Garnett for Josh Smith

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    The trade, per the New York Daily News:

    Celtics receive: Josh Smith, Marvin Williams

    Atlanta Hawks receive: Kevin Garnett, two first-round picks

    The impact: I do not like this trade one bit for the Celtics, I know Garnett is aging and the Celtics need to bring in young talent, but Garnett is the core of this Celtics defense. If the Celtics bring in Josh Smith, whose basketball IQ is below average, then they lose their defense.

    This trade would also decrease the size of the Celtics lineup, which is already small.

    This would be a great trade for the Hawks, though. They would get one of the best defenders in the league and two first-round draft picks. The only negative about this trade for the Hawks is that Garnett's contract expires this year.

    New lineup:

    Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley

    Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling

    Paul Pierce, Mickael Pietrus, Williams

    Smith, Brandon Bass

    Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Wilcox

    Probability: Unlikely

Scenario 4: Rajon Rondo for Stephen Curry

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    The trade, per ESPNBoston:

    Celtics receive: Stephen Curry, Kwame Brown

    Golden State Warriors receive: Rajon Rondo

    The impact: This trade would neither help nor hurt each team. The Celtics would get the scoring point guard they badly need in Stephen Curry. It would also give the Celtics a good backup center in Kwame Brown. The Warriors would receive an All-Star point guard who can dish the ball and play defense.

    New lineup:

    Curry, Avery Bradley

    Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling

    Paul Pierce, Mickael Pietrus 

    Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox

    Garnett, O'Neal, Brown

    Probability: Unlikely 

Scenario 5: Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol

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    The trade, originating from a Mitch Kupchak leak to Lakers.com:

    Celtics receive: Pau Gasol

    Los Angeles Lakers receive: Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal

    The impact: This trade makes no sense for the Celtics. First, they would be trading their star point guard for a power forward, so they wouldn't have a point guard. With their youngster gone, who would the Celtics build their future around?

    For the Lakers, this would be not only a great trade, but it might be one of the best trades in Lakers history. Crazy, I know. If the Lakers grab Rondo, then Kobe will finally have a true point guard who can create with his passing and ball-handling skills.

    Rondo, 26, would brighten the Lakers future with several good years of service.

    New lineup:

    Avery Bradley, Dooling

    Ray Allen, E'Twaun Moore

    Paul Pierce, Mickael Pietrus

    Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass

    Gasol, Chris Wilcox

    Probability: Unlikely

Scenario 6: Ray Allen for Kevin Martin

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    The trade:

    Celtics receive: Kevin Martin

    Houston Rockets receive: Ray Allen, Jajaun Johnson

    The impact: This trade would be a minor plus for both teams. Ray Allen and Kevin Martin are both jump shooters and can spread the floor. The plus for the Rockets is that they would get the veteran leadership they want. The plus for the Celtics would be that they get they young talented player they need to build for the future.

    New lineup:

    Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley

    Martin, Keyon Dooling

    Paul Pierce, Mickael Pietrus

    Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox

    Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal

    Probability: 50/50

Other Players Celtics Should Consider Trading For.

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    OJ Mayo would provide Celtics with depth, youth and skill.

    Chris Kaman would give the Celtics the true center they are desire.

    Shannon Brown would give Rajon Rondo someone to run with, serving as a good backup shooting guard.

    Demarcus Cousins has it all—youth, scoring, rebounding and defense. He would be a perfect fit for Celtics.

    JaVale Mcgee is a good young center, just what the Celtics need.

    Lamar Odom would add depth, size and scoring to the lineup.

What Should the Celtics Do?

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    That's a very good question that is still yet to be answer. As of right now, the Celtics are looking as good as they have all season with Brandon Bass in the starting lineup, so they shouldn't do anything right?

    Wrong!

    The Celtics should onlly Jermaine O'Neal for Michael Beasley.

    That is it.

    This way, we get the replacement for Jeff Green the Celtics have been looking for (one who's better then Green), more depth in the lineup and young talent. This would help the Celtics both in the short term and long term and bring us banner No. 18.  

    What do you thing the Celtics should do?

    Leave a comment below with your ideas for Danny Ainge.