Whenever it's around Valentine's Day, the NBA trading deadline will be fast approaching. The Boston Celtics are floundering and they're likely going to make a deal.
Rasheed Wallace's name has been tossed around. So has Brian Scalabrine's and even Ray Allen's. It seems as if no one on the Celtics roster is safe from trade rumors.
This article features four players (and one draft pick) that the Celtics should trade, and who the Celts should get for them.
Scal's the guy who I've wanted gone since he got here back in 2005.
Five years later, my disdain for Scalabrine has only grown. The Hornets should want to give up some contract in this deal, coming in the form of a familiar friend (more on him later).
It's likely that this deal won't go down. But hey, the guy can dream, can't he?
The next player the Celtics should trade to the Hornets to get the much-needed bench help.
Walker's been up and down between the Celtics and their NBADL affiliates: the Maine Red Claws.
He could find a permanent NBA job with the Hornets.
I've loved Sheed since he got here. But I believe that the writing's on the wall: Rasheed will likely be traded.
The Celtics would get a much needed rebounder in Drew Gooden, the man who they're likely to receive if this trade were to go down.
Ray, I love ya. But you could definitely use a change of scenery. I could see it in Allen during the 2008-2009 playoffs, that he was starting to lose his touch.
The downfall has continued this year, and the end is coming for Allen's career. He can definitely help the Kings while mentoring young Tyreke Evans.
Really, this is the only way this deal could go down. The Celtics would have to throw this pick into the fire in order to get both Martin and Nocioni from Sacramento.
Time to take a look...
The 27-year-old Martin solidifies the guard positions for the next four seasons, while becoming the newest part of the big three, replacing Allen.
Martin could definitely provide a boost for the Celtics offense while providing the future of the franchise.
Nocioni is a rugged defender and fierce rebounder who'll definitely help the bench.
Sacramento sheds two ungodly contracts in Martin and Nocioni on the Celtics, while Nocioni and Martin should be good players in Boston.
James Posey returns to Boston as the Hornets dump his salary. Walker and Scal will likely do nothing more than sit on the bench in New Orleans, while Posey will become the Celtics No. 1 bench-guy, provided that the Wallace-Gooden trade goes down.
Gooden will help the Celtics' anemic rebounding, while replacing the Wallace off the bench.
Gooden should also be a positive influence on the Celtics' locker room (well, at least a better influence than was Rasheed Wallace).