NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Show Interest in Larry Hughes

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIFebruary 20, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01: Larry Hughes #0 of the New York Knicks strips the ball from Goran Dragic #3 of the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2009 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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This is not an official rumour but I would like to start one and campaign for the Boston Celtics to get Larry Hughes. Yes, the trading deadline is over and he is officially the property of the Sacramento Kings; however, NBATV reported that the Kings are in the process of buying out h. is contract.

Everyone knows about his messy divorce with Lebron. Larry Hughes was Danny Ferry's first attempt to get Lebron James a legitimate two-man. Hughes is not a spot-up shooter and did not relish the fact that he had to stand on the perimeter waiting for his shots. 

At 6'5", Hughes is a poor mans Scottie Pippen-like player. He gives you defense, offense and another body that can create his own shot.

He is not a selfish player by any means; he is a willing passer and can explode for 20 points at any given time.

Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun style was not a good fit for his talents and the Sacramento Kings have no real need for him on their roster. The other contending teams do not have a need for him and at this stage of his career, I am sure he would accept the veteran's minimum to play for a championship.

He is the same height as Ray Allen and will allow Doc Rivers to find much needed rest for Ray Allen. The Celtics could field a big lineup with Larry Hughes, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce/Marquis Daniels, Kevin Garnett, and Rasheed Wallace/Kendrick Perkins. This way they can match up well with the Atlanta Hawks when they have Jamal Crawford at the point.

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Larry Hughes could play a significant but minor role if the Celtics meet the Hawks in the playoffs. It is no secret that Jamal Crawford has been the "new age" Andrew Toney. For those of you who don't remember who Toney was just Google "Celtics killer" and Toney's name will most likely appear.

In the Philadelphia 76'ers heyday, Toney would provide the necessary spark off the bench and hit shot after shot to thwart the Celtics attempt at victory. 

Larry Hughes' length and defensive ability could slow down this new millineum's "Celtic killer", thereby giving the Celtics a better opportunity to win. 

It is no secret that Doc Rivers loves a small lineup and with this added flexibility he can add another productive piece to his bench. 

If the Celtics make my wish come true, they would be able to matchup very well with all of the Eastern Conference upper-echelon teams.


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