Monday, December 5, 2011

Celtics would trade for Chris Paul regardless of an extension

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Celtics News, State Of The Celtics

Just when you thought that Chris Paul ultimately held all of the power regarding where he might get dealt to—since nobody in their right mind would give up so much without an assurance of him sticking around for more than one season—think again.

There are at least three teams that would reportedly make a trade for Paul without any guarantee that the point guard would sign an extension to stay put in that city once his contract runs out at the end of the season. One of those teams that would pull the trigger is the Boston Celtics. (ESPN)

There is also a small handful of teams that has informed the Hornets they are prepared to trade for Paul with no assurance that they can keep him beyond this season. That list, sources say, includes the Rockets, Boston Celtics and defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
Boston would appear to have the most to offer in such a scenario if the Celtics are willing to include point guard Rajon Rondo, but sources say that the Hornets are convinced that they can receive more from any of the so-called gambling teams than from the Knicks, who are widely regarded as Paul's No. 1 preferred destination.

I know I'll probably get destroyed for this, but I don't care. I would still do this deal yesterday. It's as risky as you could get because there is probably less than a 50/50 shot of having him stick around longer than one year. Paul wants to play in New York. Everyone and their mother knows that. Sure, he could come in and get exposed to the history, passion, commitment to winning and everything else that the Celtics have to offer and decide in the offseason that this is the place that he wants to be. It's entirely possible. I, however, am not banking on it to happen.

So why even bother? Because this is more than likely the last chance for this group. It isn't a coincidence that Danny Ainge structured all of these contracts to expire at the same time. The window's being held open by a decaying stick and it's going to slam shut in July. Why not make one more run at a title with guns blazing and all hands on deck? Take the court each night with as many weapons as possible. This might be hard for Celtics fans wearing their green-tinted glasses to hear, but Chris Paul is a better player than Rajon Rondo. I repeat, the Celtics would end up with the better player in this deal. Ainge would have done his job, improved this team and made them a legitimate title contender instantly.

Besides, the Celtics are going to be rebuilding—or reloading—next summer anyway. They'll have a gazillion dollars to play in order to see what they can do. Maybe they would be able to sign a bunch of big-named free agents. Maybe they wouldn't. It's uncertain and as clear as mud, but I feel that the risk for this one season is entirely worth the reward. Whether they do the trade or not, next season probably isn't going to be full of rose pedals and potpourri. Make yourself better right now and see if you can make that one last miraculous run before everyone rides off into the sunset.

Then again, I don't get paid the big bucks to make these decisions. Have fun, Danny.

11 comments:

  1. You have a rising star as far as the Celtics having Rondo as point guard is concerned. Keep him and surround him with talent for the foreseeable future. A player that comes from another team, being traded, not wanting to play there, will not always play the game of basketball or any other sport for that matter the best of his ability.

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  2. You make no sense at all! Think long term, Rondo is an elite point guard, and we have him for 4 years at half the price an elite point guard cost. I know everyone thinks Rondo isn't a scorer but lets be realistic he is on a team full of stars where he doesn't have to be the main man scoring. Do I think he should get in the paint more than he should, yes, but as for his jumper once the big 3 are gone I believe he will step to the plate more, but his free throws are unacceptable. Did I mention he is the best rebounding and defensive player at his position. What the Celtics need is a big man. That don't have that. Sign Tyson Chandler for a year and wait to see if Howard goes untraded, if not go after Howard since they would have a,"Gazillion" dollars, if not keep Tyson Chandler, or maybe go after Nene. They need to drop O'neal because he is never healthy. They also need another big man off the bench, and another scorer off the bench like a Jason Richardson, Jr Smith. Someone who can get the team fired up like Nate Robinson used to do.

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  3. Doc Rivers and Ainge may very well be thinking the time is NOW or not ever again; especially with Garnett and Ray Allen aging, and Paul Pierce so injury prone. Actually I kind of like the idea of a trade for Paul, BUT ... my question would be what are the C's going to do for a 'BIG MAN'? Surely they don't think Jeff Green is the answer. And, Davis is due an extension, I believe. Even if they didn't get Chris Paul, that's not a loss at all. However, they will be hurting for a Big to play the paint.

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  4. They are so desperate to buy a title. Still won't happen.

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  5. what if they are thinking trade for paul and draft Docs kid next year.

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  6. I love the celtics, love Danny Ainge, and i love Rondo, but i trust Ainge, and he wont sit there and watch the C's decae, he bleeds celtic green, I think Danny's thinking is if he pulls the trigger on CP3, Boston would grow on the star gaurd and we would use all of our resourses to sway him to stay in Beantown, remeber KG said no the first time too, but if anybody can pull this off is AINGE, So I say roll the dice, Danny wont let us fall

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  7. Why would CP3 want to stay with the Celtics? Remember what the Celts looked like before Minnesota gave Garnett to them? Paul Pierce and nobody else. That's what the Celts look like in a couple of years after the rest of the band aids holding Garnett's knees together fall off. Chris Paul would be leaving a bad situation and going to a worse one...he wouldn't stay.

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  8. CP3 = DH next year

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  9. in a lockout shortened season with no time for the team to gel, you would bring a high-priced "better" player in to run your team? rondo is a triple double machine, and i agree with the earlier post on rondo being the best defender and rebounder at his position. their trades last season were disastrous. look at who they picked up: carlos arroyo, nenad krstic, jeff green, and delonte west. jeff green is the only good player, but he doesn't fit boston's play style. they gave up kendrick perkins! are you kidding me? he was their glue guy. the guy that can guard bynum or howard or any other center. ainge is slipping.

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  10. Rondo is a terrible outside shooter, He's moody, stubborn & Does not like to take orders from his coach, his is not ELITE, he is an above average guard who should have spent his entire lockout with RAY ALLEN learning how to shoot a basketball for all ends of the court..

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