For the Suns
to get back to the playoffs, they must upgrade their team, with talent on both ends of the floor and rejuvenate their team with a new playmaker as Steve Nash will be entering his 13th season next year. Phoenix
also needs to slash payroll and flirted with dealing Amare' Stoudemire at the trade deadline.
For the Boston Celtics
its simple. Their not the same team with Kevin Garnett and their transparent at both power forward and center. The Celtics also need to get younger in the future with the Big Three logging over 10 seasons apiece and the trio's age is also a problem considering their all 30 years or older.
Both teams have something to accomplish in the offseason and ironically they can both help each other.
Here is my trade proposal:
The Celtics would get:
14th overall pick
The Suns would get:
Its no secret that the Phoenix Suns are looking to accomplish a number of things on their agenda this offseason: shed payroll, trade Amare' Stoudemire, and find an eventual heir to Steve Nash.
So far there have been mixed results on Steve Kerr's draftee, the slovenian lefty at point guard Goran Dragic. Dragic has shown the ability to distribute the ball to his teammates however he was streaky at best as a jump-shooter and he wasn't at all aggressive when the Suns' needed him to be.
Rajon Rondo averaged a near triple-double in the C's first-round series victories over the Bulls
, and finished in the Top 5 in steals and assists during the regular season.
Rondo is long, athletic, and has excellent change-of-direction speed which really helps him improvise on plays when the offense breaks down and he sees extra defenders thrown his way.
In addition he's the best defender at his position in the league, and its well known the Suns' are in desperate need of skill on the defensive side of the floor.
Though the Celtics' are surely reluctant to part with him, the package of Stoudemire (who will eventually replace Garnett) and a lottery pick doesn't sound like bad compensation either.
Perkins averaged 8.5 points and 8.1 rebounds during the regular season in addition to 2 blocks per game and is starting to become a fierce shot-blocker all while maturing into a physical force down low in the paint.
In the first-round he had four double-doubles and has recorded at least 8 rebounds seven times in his first eight postseason games. Throw in the fact he has near six double-digit rebounding efforts and helped limit Dwight Howard to zero points in the first quarter in Game 1, and Perkins seems like a major asset for any team to have.
As for Tony Allen, Miki Moore, and Brian Scalabrine, each would bring a another much needed dimension to the Phoenix Suns' organization.
Allen can be inserted as a defensive stopper and has enough athletic talent to be a quality reserve off the bench, Brian Scalabrine can be inserted at any time to help stretch the floor and shoot 3's, and Miki Moore can be used as another big body to either eat up minutes for O'Neal as well as fouls.
Furthermore in regards to Scalabrine, the Suns literally could use his three-point shooting. Phoenix only had one player shoot over 40 percent from downtown; named Steve Nash in the regular season.
Scalabrine shot 39.3 percent on the year and is shooting over 53 percent from behind the arc in the playoffs.
If the Suns are unhappy all the of their incoming players have contracts with 3 years or less with everyone not named Kendrick Perkins having 2 years remaining and only Perkins has a three-year deal.
The tandem of Amare' Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett down low would give the Celtics' the best front-line in basketball. They would also have the most athletic and versatile pair of bigs since the pairing of Tim Duncan and David Robinson with the Spurs
in the 90's.
Imagine the effects Garnett could have on Stoudemire serving as a mentor, especially since he's still fermenting as a superstar. He could easily help persuade Stoudemire into playing defense and being just as aggressive on both ends of the floor as well as playing with more emotion.
The prospects of two players averaging near 20-10 certainly sounds enticing but one drawback to the trade for the Celtics' is that both players are coming off injury-plagued seasons that may have lasting effects on their careers.
But obviously the reward is far greater than the risk. Let's wonder aloud about the line-up the C's would boast:
No. 14 Overall Draft Pick
Boston would instantly become favorites in the East and be a forced to be reckoned with four years to come. Also the Boston locker-room is strong enough to hold Stoudemire in check should he begin spouting off.
Though it would be extremely difficult to replace Rondo and the type of talent he brings, here are a few point-guard prospects that should be available at No. 14:
A former McDonald's All-American, Holiday is one of the taller point guards in the draft class at 6-4 and he really utilizes his height to his advantage. He's also a great defender and can get to the basket at will.
Ben Howland's system at UCLA may have restricted his talents, so many GM's will get a fair reading at the upcoming draft workouts.
Holiday needs to develop a jump-shot and become a better passer before he can solidify his standing at point guard.
Curry has excellent mechanics as a shooter and displayed his versatility by playing the role of point guard at Davidson in his junior year. If the Thunder decided to select Curry it would really shore up their backcourt with great perimeter defense and dual scoring options in the backcourt at the 1's and 2's.
He can penetrate through defenses and find the open man; in the pro's his assist numbers will be much greater than they were in college due to a superior supporting cast. However Curry isn't athletic as Rondo is and he maybe gone when the C's pick.
Flynn was a decorated high school basketball player coming out of Niagara Falls, playing on USA's Nike Hoop Summit U-18 & U-19 Team, winning gold as part of the U-18 squad and silver as a member of the U-19 at the World Championships.
Standing only 6'0", Flynn uses his wiry frame to elude backcourt traps and knife through defenders, effectively distributing the ball to his teammates.
He had an exceptional Big East Tournament and a nifty run in the Big Dance. Flynn is strong, mature, and at times can be an excellent three-point shooter and a superb facilitator.
At 6-2 Teague has great attributes at the point position. He's quick, has tremendous agility and can really shoot the long-ball. Not to mention he can absolutely elevate upstairs and it was evident when he threw down several dunks over defenders in his sophomore season at Wake Forest.
The only knock on Teague is that he is a score-first point guard, can be nonchalant on defense, and is passive during crucial stages of the game.
Remember this just a scenario that would help both teams.