On today’s episode of Globe 10.0 (now on Facebook!), the Globe’s Bob Ryan and Christopher L. Gasper discuss the recent trade rumors involving Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, and Kendrick Perkins that have been mentioned over the airwaves and on the Internet over the last week or so.
In next week’s draft, “the Celtics do not pick until the second round … but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out some whoppers!,” Ryan says.
The latest of those whoppers has Allen and Rondo possibly heading to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, and the 14th overall pick in the draft. Another includes Kendrick Perkins as part of a potential trade to Memphis for the No. 2 overall pick. While both Ryan and Gasper acknowledge they would not be surprised if Danny Ainge made some sort of deal before the draft, they both thought those latest whispers were “nonsense.”
“Danny Ainge is a noted wheeler and dealer, so we can’t be shocked if something happens,” Ryan says. “But the things we’re hearing about” don’t seem realistic.
In the first package, Stoudemire is obviously the prize (the 6-foot-10-inch forward averaged 21 points per game last season), but both Ryan and Gasper agree that the price for him would cause more problems than solutions for the Celtics. For example, who plays the point if the Celtics deal Rondo?
“If I’m trading Rondo, I need to get back Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, certainly no one in this draft is going to do it for me,” Gasper says.
What about the possibility of trading Perkins?
“Trading Perkins makes less than no sense,” Ryan says, “unless the plan was taking that No. 2 pick that you’d get from Memphis in theory and taking [UConn center] Hasheem Thabeet …
“I think he could become the next [Dikembe] Mutombo but that’s way down the road.”
Gasper adds, “Usually when you draft for size, that’s usually a mistake.”
Ryan thought that if the Celtics were going to dangle anyone in a potential trade, it would be Allen, who turns 34 soon and is entering the final year of his contract.
Ainge recently told the Boston Herald that the Celtics trading up in the draft was “possible, but unlikely,” and an unidentified team source told the newspaper “Rondo’s not going to be traded.”
What do you think? Should the Celtics consider either of the trade scenarios above? Do you think there’s any chance of Ainge making another blockbuster before next Thursday’s draft? Watch the clip above and have your say in the survey below and in the comments section of this blog entry.