For those hoops fans looking for some pre-NBA draft hot-stove trade buildup, this must seem like Christmas in June.
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources claimed that this past weekend, the Celtics offered Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to the Detroit Pistons for a package that included three players: Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey. The Pistons immediately rejected the offer, and the talks progressed no further.
In fact, Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Pistons head man Joe Dumars seemingly didn't even speak. The offer was reportedly made by a lower-level executive from the Celtics staff — not Ainge.
Why the hush-hush, undercover agent-style tactics? Well, says
Wojnarowski, "this isn’t an uncommon occurrence for a GM like Ainge to
dispatch an underling to make that kind of a call, if for no other
reason [than] to give the top executive some level of deniability that
he's shopping his stars."
So much for keeping the cat in the bag.
The deal doesn't seem to make a ton of sense for either side. But
Wojnarowski's point, a good one, is that if the offer was made, it
lends credibility to the idea that Ainge is willing to make some
drastic roster changes in hopes of making championship runs in 2010 and