Jan 25, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) reacts to a call in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 123-111. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors-Celtics Trade Rumors: What Should Bryan Colangelo do? (Part I)

News of Rajon Rondo’s season-ending knee injury induces long faces among Boston Celtics fan worldwide, but has the opposite effect on those of us who cheer for the Toronto Raptors. Let’s have our 15 seconds of schadenfreude …..OK, done, now we’ll move on to a cold-blooded examination of whether we should trade one of our point guards to the Celtics, and, if so, which one.

January 20, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (7) dunks the ball on Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) in the first quarter at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Boston general manager Danny Ainge will be under intense pressure to “save” his team’s season by trading for Rondo’s replacement and squeezing into the playoffs. Dealing for a veteran point guard is not a clear-cut decision; the Celtics’ best players (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett) are ancient. Ainge may well conclude the season is lost, and the time has come to scatter his veteran players to the winds. However, for purposes of these posts, we’re going to assume he wants to take a run with his greybeards.

Boston is hard up against the salary NBA cap, which means they can’t take back more salary than they surrender. With that in mind, we’ll crank up the Trade Machine.

Let’s start with dealing Jose Calderon, and we’ll discuss moving Kyle Lowry in our next post.

Jose for Brandon Bass and Jason Terry works financially. How does it impact our team? Bass is a much-traveled front court man (think Ed Davis with a barrel chest) who is probably out of the Celtics plans. Last season was the best of his career (12+ points, 6+ rebounds per game), but he has reverted to his norms this year. Jason Terry has enjoyed an excellent career, highlighted by outstanding play in Dallas’ championship run, but he’s 35. I can’t imagine Jason wanting to join our perennially rebuilding squad. Can we get a third team involved? Possibly, but it makes the deal exponentially more complicated. If we can’t find another team to take Terry, or if Boston won’t offer a first-round draft pick, this deal is a n0-go. We give up the hugely efficient and much beloved Jose for a backup power forward, and a shooting guard on his last legs – Pass.

The player I’d really like to pry away from Boston is their highly-regarded rookie forward Jared Sullinger. The Raps would get a lot younger and deeper in the front court, and this fellow has a higher ceiling than any of our incumbents. I suspect Ainge would get torched by the Boston media if he dealt Sullinger, but that’s his problem. We exchange Jose for 3 players: Sullinger, Jeff Green (a talented power forward who is trying to rebuild his career after major heart surgery) and the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa. The money on this deal works amazingly well. The Raps get much deeper up front, which gives BC flexibility as he reconfigures the guards. Leandro would be fun to watch for the half-season of his return, but the other two could be long-termers – Make the deal.

We’ll look at moving Kyle Lowry, plus the impact on the Raps post-trade, in Part II.

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Tags: Boston Celtics Bryan Colangelo Rajan Rondo Toronto Raptors

  • AL

    if boston trades green, sullinger and barbosa for calderon, their GM will be fired immediately

    • Newmarket_Brian

      AL: I hear you. If I were Ainge, & worked in a vacuum, I wouldn’t do the deal either. What I don’t have a feel for (and I’d like to hear from you on this) is how much pressure Ainge will be under to make a veteran-led push this season. If anyone could substitute for Rondo, it’s Calderon – on offense anyway. Jose isn’t half the defender Rajan is.
      Watch for Part II tomorrow, in which I make what I think is a more palatable offer.
      P.S. Is Sullinger as good as I think he is?

      • AL

        I think Ainge will be expected to try and squeeze out whatever is left in Garnett’s and Pierce’s tank before they pack it in, but I don’t think the ownership realistically expects (or should expect) a deep playoff run. So trading Sullinger may not be a good move as he will be likely seeing more minutes after the veterans leave.
        He has a very high ceiling in my opinion, while Calderon is already playing his very best basketball and can also leave after the season is over.

        • Newmarket_Brian

          Is it possible Ainge just blows the Celtics up? If so, there isn’t likely to be any trade with the Raps. If not, Colangelo should figure out some way to grab either Green or Sullinger. Otherwise, no deal.
          You’re right about Calderon being able to leave. I’d like to see BC announce Jose is being resigned for 2 more years at $6M/yr.

          Thanks for responding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.gaudreau.37 Michael Gaudreau

    What about this Brian. Considering the season is virtually at a loss, Even with a trade the raptors are in tough, And will surely see a first round exit. Trade Lowry to boston for a first round pick and as little as possible, But preferrably a guard or player with an expiring contract in return. Then flip calderon and preferably bargs and a second to the Lakers for Gasol and Blake, If That leaves them short in the backcourt pick up the best option from overseas or the D league to finish out the season. Flip Anderson and a second, Or third for a first. When Gasol comes aboard, Let him rest his Knees, Surgery whatever he needs, While mentoring Big V and the other Bigs. With the two first round picks acquired, Chase a game ready guard, And whatever else available. Do our best to woo Calderon back in the off season to work with the young guard from the draft. If all works out ,We dont lose any youth, Our frontcourt would finally have a big that could compete with the best, And our backcourt could virtually be better if calderon or suitable replacement comes back.!!!!!!

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Michael: Now that the Gay deal is done, we all have to rethink our trade ideas. I’d welcome any thoughts you might have. Do you think we have a way to get Gasol, for example?

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