The Boston Celtics are sitting on a stockpile of weapons that would make Jack Bauer blush.
Now, the trade deadline is here.
Crazy things happen in the NBA all the time. The Boston Celtics are a 20-win joyride of "what ifs?" and "next year" misery similar to other legendary franchises such as the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.
Unlike those two front offices, though, the Celtics seem to be way out of the spotlight despite a wealth of tradable assets that make them buyers for pretty much any name on the block—if they choose to be.
Into the spotlight President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and these Celtics step, right on cue.
To Ty Lawson or Not?
This seems to be the question everyone—including the Denver Nuggets front office—continues to ask.
Lawson is one of the more underrated point guards in the league, as one can glean right away from his 16.9/10.1/3.2 slash line and 19.54 player efficiency rating, according to ESPN.com.
The Celtics are no strangers to megadeals for point guards and absolutely have an interest in using some of those assets to deal for a name such as Lawson.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, the Celtics are one of a few front offices discussing the possibility.
"The best way to remedy that is to make some changes via trades," wrote Blakely. "The Nuggets have a nice assortment of movable talent, including their point guard Ty Lawson, who has reportedly been a topic of discussion among the Celtics."
Observant readers will realize, though, that the Nuggets themselves do not seem to be an active party in this discussion.
In fact, according to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, the front office in Denver is not too keen on moving its 27-year-old star.
It is important to point out, though, that now Lawson's name will not leave the trade chatter until the deadline passes. The Nuggets seem to be all about trading away assets, so other teams are right to consider Lawson.
If there is one team with enough draft picks and talent to woo the Nuggets into a deal for Lawson, it's likely the Celtics. Keep an eye out just in case.
More likely, though—at least based on the number of names on the mill—is that the Celtics focus their search for help beneath the rim.
Let's start with the big fish—if someone is reading this out loud to a friend who roots for Boston, maybe tell that person to sit down first—DeMarcus Cousins.
"The Celtics have been most rumored chasing big men, and the Bucks are said to be interested as well," Smith wrote. "Another Celtics big man rumor floating around during All-Star Weekend has been their pursuit of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins."
Cousins, the All-Star, the 24-year-old phenom and man who posts a slash line of 23.8/12.5/1.7 and a 24.27 PER. Realistic or not, the chance the team is in "pursuit" of Cousins says a lot about how the front office in Boston wants to rebuild its roster.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the team also has an interest in Utah's Enes Kanter. Remember that recently, the big man demanded a trade, per Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Celtics appear to be one team at least keeping an eye on the developments out West, per Blakely :
Perhaps the Celtics are not into making a move with the Jazz because of the asking price, as Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski details:
Kanter, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, does not see the floor a ton and as a result posts 13.8/7.8/0.3. The allure for a team such as Boston is that his upside at 22 years old is through the roof.
Of course, that upside is balanced by the asking price, which appears to be too high.
These things can change in a hurry at the deadline. Utah may come around to the idea of letting go of a disgruntled player and lower the price if nobody bites. Cousins seems cemented in Sacramento, but as they say, crazier things have happened (well, maybe).
At the very least, the Celtics are not sitting on their resources and hoping upgrades trickle to them. Ainge and the front office are on the hunt, and even when that does not result in a move, it makes for one thrilling ride to the deadline that certainly trumps any current on-court display.
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