Three Reasons Why the Celtics Should Trade Ray
As a Celtics fan, I really hope we make a move and get rid of Ray Allen. Although I like Ray's game and admit he can be a difference maker, his "shoot first" mentality is negatively affecting the team. With Rajon Rondo's offensive game developing along with the return of Kevin Garnett and the scoring mentality of Paul Pierce, there may not be enough touches to go around. Here are some other reasons Ray must go...
Allen will turn 34 before the season begins. After mediocre play in the playoffs, I can see his skills are diminishing before my eyes. The Celtics don't need to rebuild, but reload. Trading him for some help on the bench or packaging him to get a star or a high draft pick will greatly benefit the team, whereas keeping him will not.
Getting him off the payroll will greatly help the team, even if they get little in return. I would like to see them sign Travis Outlaw and Chris Anderson to help off the bench. With Glen "Big Baby" Davis likely out of town and uncertainty surrounding Leon Powe's knee, depth off the bench is a necessity.
Free Agent Class of '10
As a Celtics fan, the thought of Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh coming to town is exiting. A young superstar is needed because the window of the big three is closing quickly. They are all aging and their games will start to slow down considerably after two years or so. I believe there can still be a big three in Boston. Rondo will replace Ray as the third wheel.