As the midseason trade deadline looms, it's beginning to seem like the only player looking at a potential change of scenery is Carmelo Anthony. However, the value of a trade during the regular season can be invaluable if done correctly.
Look at the 2004 trade of Rasheed Wallace to the Detroit Pistons. It led to the team's incredible championship victory over the Lakers.
Or for a more recent example, the blockbuster deal between the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns that sent Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark to Orlando.
The Magic had hit a rough patch in December, losing five of eight games prior to the trade, and though the new acquisitions were slow to acclimate to Stan Van Gundy's system. Once they clicked, they went on a franchise record-tying win streak and are currently in a deadlock with the Hawks for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.
While the Celtics roster is predicated upon each player knowing one anothers style of play, there's always room for new blood to provide energy and a different dynamic. Without further ado, here are seven players that, in my opinion, would make the Celts the team to beat this season.
(Okay, none of these players will make the Celtics "unbeatable", but sometimes we all like a little hyperbole...)