Will Garnett's passion and fire go elsewhere?
They have the perfect roster for big-time trades: Three players make $11 million or more, four players who are at least 34 years old, and they have a slew of role players. Combine all of these together, and you have fuel to feed the fire. There's really no telling what Boston could do if they truly felt like mixing things up.
That leaves us with rumor after rumor about what's next for the squad. The only way to know if a rumor is true or not is to be in the Boston front office right now. We clearly don't have that access, so we instead get to make educated guesses.
Here's a look at whether we should buy or sell some of these trade rumors involving the Boston Celtics.
Josh Smith to Celtics
I keep hearing Josh Smith's primary destination is Boston.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 14, 2013
This would be the blockbuster deal that Boston is looking for.
Unfortunately, there isn't much of a chance of the Celtics trading for Josh Smith before the trade deadline. There is a major road block that Boston is going to have to fight through, and that has to do with Kevin Garnett's no-trade clause. Garnett has gone on record stating that he's only ready to leave if Paul Pierce goes too.
The man wants to play with his buddy or not play with Boston at all.
This leaves the Celtics with quite the decision. The team has to decide if they are willing to let go of two veteran players who are keeping Boston in playoff contention.
The other difficult part is that their two contracts are worth around $28 million combined. They would need to get around the same amount of money back for a deal involving either or both players, and not many people are waiting on the edges of their seats for 35- and 36-year-olds who have max deals.
So how does this all relate to Smith?
Eric Blaisdell wrote an article for Celticslife.com and discussed Boston's next option. It has to do with waiting until the end of the season:
In light of Kevin Garnett's recent hints of retirement at season's end, maybe it's option B. If the Big Ticket does retire, here's hoping he doesn't, it would take around $12.5 million off the books for next year. That wouldn't be enough to sign Smith as he has expressed a strong desire to get a max-level contract.
So, Danny Ainge would have to trade away a player making around $5 million to a team with the cap space next year for a late first or second round draft pick in order to bring in Smith. That means Terry, Bass or Lee. If Pierce also retires then Smith can be signed outright.
Acquiring Smith through free agency makes significantly more sense than expecting the Celtics to get rid of Pierce and Garnett at the same time.
Letting go of both of them seems pretty unrealistic at this point, and it feels like Garnett wants to retire as a Celtic.
Neither of those are good signs for people wanting to get rid of both of them. This one just isn't too likely to take place before the trade deadline.
Eric Bledsoe to Celtics
Acquiring Bledsoe would surely help the Boston backcourt. Rajon Rondo is done for the season, and they still have a legitimate shot at holding on to their playoff spot.
The difficult part is that there just isn't a large chance of it taking place, and it goes right back to Garnett.
He has said that if he's going to be traded, then he wants it to be to Los Angeles, but you have to remember that he doesn't want to be traded.
This deal makes a little more sense from the Clippers' side of things, but it is an entertaining one to think about.
DeJuan Blair to Celtics
Considering the thinness of Boston's frontcourt rotation after Sullinger's injury, Blair might make a bit of sense. He's always been a good rebounder (his rebound rate, a measure of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabs while on court, would lead the Celtics now that Sullinger's out) and he's generally been a productive offensive player, though he's currently in the midst of his worst season. At just 6-7, he doesn't protect the rim particularly well, but the Celtics defense has looked much better defending the interior since January arrived and Blair's pros could outweigh his cons in that respect.
Look out for something to actually take place with this one. Blair's contract is only worth $1.1 million, but he has proven that he can be a productive player with very little court time.
Last season, the 6'7" power forward averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and a 53.4 percent shooting percentage in only 21.3 minutes per game.
The San Antonio Spurs have gone in a new direction in leaving Blair on their bench, meaning that they could be in the market for one of the Celtics' veteran players. The Spurs would have to give up another player to make this deal work from a financial side of things, but look for Jason Terry's name to be mentioned.
He's arguably one of the best sixth men of all time and could be crucial in a deep playoff run with a contender.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of games played through Feb. 13.