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It is becoming tougher and tougher for Brad Stevens to put Gerald Wallace on the floor with this team. He is trying to build something from the ground up. Something that unfortunately doesn't include a 31-year-old small forward getting a lot of playing time.
Wallace played 40 minutes in the Boston Celtics' opener. Through the month of December, he hasn't seen more than 25 minutes and is averaging just 19.9 per game. That is down from 24.1 in November. He is being weaned out of the rotation bit by bit. However, he is still making $10.1 million per year through 2015-16, per HoopsWorld.
Wallace is just one of the players on this roster that Boston will be looking to deal. The Celtics also hold Kris Humphries (15.5 minutes per game), Keith Bogans (four games played) and MarShon Brooks (nine games played) on expiring deals for a combined $18.27 million this season.
There are active pieces worthy of a trade as well.
Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee are having great bounce-back years from a dismal 2012-13. Both are 28 years old and offer something to a contender. Obviously, these two were already brought up heavily in the Omer Asik rumors recently, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowki.
"We’re just opportunistic," decision-maker Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich. "When you read our name out there, sometimes it’s true, sometimes it’s not. The reports are embellished for sure right now, but we are having discussions and seeing what opportunities there are out there."
With the current Celtics, Bass may ideally become repetitive if Kelly Olynyk pans out behind or with Jared Sullinger. When Rajon Rondo returns, Courtney Lee becomes a fourth guard making north of $5 million each of the next three years.
Boston has at least one deal in it for 2014.