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Though the Celtics acquired plenty of assets in the blockbuster Nets deal, their roster is filled with its share of redundancy, glaring positional holes and veteran players who simply do not fit with the identity of this team going forward.
Even the players still around from 2012-13 may not be safe. Boston would “love” to trade Jordan Crawford according to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, and we've seen rumors involving the Detroit Pistons and the Dallas Mavericks among others swirl around Rondo.
Though a Rondo deal is unlikely in the immediate future given that he is coming off of an ACL tear and Boston does not have a single other proven point guard on its roster, the C’s have plenty of depth at the shooting guard and power forward spots, making it possible that some of those players could be dealt.
Bradley and MarShon Brooks are both intriguing young players who have had some success in their short careers. Bradley is a transcendent on-ball defender, while Brooks can score in bunches if given consistent minutes.
The presence of those two could make Crawford and Lee expendable. Crawford is effectively a less-efficient version of Brooks, a high-volume scorer who works best with the ball in his hands and cannot shoot much from three-point range, while Bradley has a higher overall upside than the 27-year-old Lee.
Though neither player was particularly impressive in their first year with the Celtics, they could be at least interesting options for a contender that is thin on the perimeter and wants an experienced guard.
Despite his recent arrest, Jared Sullinger figures to be the future at the 4 for Boston. Sullinger showed flashes of potential before back surgery ended his rookie season, and he averaged 10.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per 36 minutes in 2012-13.
With Sullinger expected to take on a more significant role and Olynyk looking like a true stud on the offensive end, veterans like Bass and Kris Humphries are going to be playing in reduced roles going forward.
Both have skills that could be valuable to playoff teams, particularly Bass’ mid-range shooting and underrated defense and Humphries’ rebounding, and should garner some interest on the trade market.
Additionally, Humphries’ $12 million expiring deal might be enough to net Boston a meaningful asset for its rebuild.
The main player the C’s will look to deal, though, is Wallace. Wallace will earn $30 million over the next three seasons and it is clear that the 31-year-old wing’s game is declining.
He averaged just 7.7 points, 4.6 boards and 2.6 assists in 2012-13 while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and posting a PER of 11.58.
Because of the duration of Wallace’s contract, Boston will likely have to throw some sweetener into any deal, but with Green already at the 3 it does not make much sense for the team to keep Wallace in town.
In short, I would not make 2013-14 the year you buy a Celtics jersey, since the name on the back may not be with the team for long.