With the upcoming NBA draft looming on the horizon, the professional
basketball fans of the world are holding their collective breath in
anticipation of whom their team will pick with their first selection.
There are some out-of-the-ordinary trade rumors swirling around the Green team.
The first rumor sent Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to the Pistons for Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey.
That deal was somewhat of a patchwork scenario. Apparently GMs Danny Ainge and Joe Dumars never actually spoke about the deal, so it was dead before it had the chance to come to life.
The most recent talk around Rondo has him and Brian Scalabrine heading south to the Grizzlies for guard Mike Conley and swingman Rudy Gay.
Once again, Ainge shot down those mutterings, saying that he and the
Celtics have no intentions of trading Rondo. However, he also made it
perfectly clear that no player is off-limits when it comes to trades.
The Boston Globe’s Marc Spears has the entire league on speed dial and, in an appearance on SportsDesk, he cleared up some of the speculation.
But draft day has a special feeling about it and you never know what
may happen when the deals present themselves. One thing that is safe is
the Celtics’ 58th pick, and unless they make a drastic move for a
higher selection, things should remain the same in the Hub.
Ainge will put himself in position to make the Celtics the best team
possible and will look for the Green to be a driving force in the
upcoming campaign. Like Paul Pierce said, the Rottweiler Celtics will be back in 2010, so watch out, all you German Shepherds and Poodles!
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