Is Dwyane Wade To Boston This Summer a Possibility? Yes.
The summer of 2010 has been marked on many team's calenders for the past two or three years. Teams have literally made trades that hurt their team now just to get an opportunity at free agents such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire. The Boston Celtics have not been one of those teams as they already have four all-star caliber players. However, with Paul Pierce's recent foot injury becoming a major story, the Celtics may want to invest in this star studded free agent pool.
For a few weeks now, all-star guard Ray Allen has been speculated to be on the trading block. He is still a quality player but his $20 million expiring contract is what will attract suitors. Would trading Ray for a package like Kirk Hinrich, Tyrus Thomas and filler be the intelligent move though? With the possibility of acquiring a player like Dwyane Wade via free agency this summer? Absolutely not.
The Celtics have more leverage then originally planned (or did they plan this?) moving forward financially. The team has already signed Rajon Rondo to his long-awaited 5 years/$55 million contract extension and Kevin Garnett is under contract until 2012. Ray Allen's $20 million contract is set to expire after this season, which is immediately $20 million off the books. The big question though is if Paul Pierce will decline his player option and possibly renegotiate to a lower salary, assuming he stays with the team. Pierce's player option is for approximately $21.5 million and that would definitely prevent a big free agent from being added to the roster. Could Pierce give the team a hometown discount though and restructure his contract down to the $10 million range? With his personality and desire for winning, it seems realistic. By making these financial decisions, the Celtics could potentially have $30 million off the books, more then enough to sign a player like Wade.
This financial stability would open up more then enough room for Dwyane Wade. The team would have to make some other small moves though, like re-signing players such as Eddie House, Marquis Daniels, Tony Allen etc. and adding a role player or two via free agency. Wade will without a doubt be looking for a max contract and he can't get any more money outside of Miami. But could Wade leave Miami for a chance at a ring? He may not have much time to play with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett but he would have an all-star point guard in Rajon Rondo for the long-term by his side. It's impossible to gauge the long-term future for any team though, not just the Celtics.
Bringing Dwyane Wade to Boston may be a reach or even close to impossible at the moment, but if the Celtics play their cards right it could be possible this summer. This may sound like a reach, but who's to say that Pierce doesn't have the same vision that everyday fans do? He would love to play alongside another all-star such as Wade. He showed that he can adjust to having other stars on the team as well, with Garnett and Allen joining the team in 2007. With Pierce becoming more of a 3-point shooter as he grows older, bringing in a slasher like Wade could help to extend his career too. He would no longer have to be the player who takes the ball to the hoop. He could comfortably shoot threes and occasionally slash, but he would not have to do it nearly as much as he does now.
Wade to Boston makes sense for the Celtics and it makes sense for Wade. It would give him a better chance to win a ring then with Miami and it would give the Celtics a better chance to win a ring. He has already proven he can win a championship. With players like Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins in the same lineup, the possibilities are endless. Imagine the defensive nightmares a Rondo-Wade backcourt would give opponents? It all depends on Pierce's willingness to take a hometown discount.
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