Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff February 12, 2010 10:23 AM
With the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaching the rumors around the Celtics and their most attractive bargaining chip Ray Allen continue to surface.
According to the latest report, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are discussing a deal that would send Allen to the Washington Wizards along with the expiring contracts of Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens for Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler with the Wizards effectively tearing down and reconstructing their franchise in the aftermath of the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton saga.
Wojnarowski writes, "The trade isn’t imminent, but talks have progressed and Celtics GM Danny Ainge has positioned his organization to make one of the boldest trade deadline moves in years.
"For the Celtics, ownership would have to agree to take on an additional $24 million in salary next season between Jamison and Butler. Jamison makes more than $15 million in 2011-12, but most owners are discounting those salaries because of an assumption that there will be a labor lockout and some, if not all, of that money will never be paid to the players.
"Sources expected the two teams to talk further Friday and throughout the weekend in Dallas. Both Boston and Washington still have discussions with several teams in the works, including a potential Wizards-Mavericks deal that league sources insisted was discussed well into Thursday night in Dallas."
With the Celtics in fourth place, sitting 9 games behind Cleveland, general manager Danny Ainge said recently that he would made "tweak." This deal would add two all-stars to the roster. The Wizards, considered an Eastern Conference sleeper at the start of the season, are 17-34 ahead of only the Nets in the Eastern Conference.