Now that Von Wafer and Delonte Wests contracts are guaranteed to the end of the year, it's possible to begin the game of- what if?
What if Jermaine O'Neals knee problems turn out to be so bad that he won't be able to continue to play, [ by the time K.Perkins returns to the line up, it'll be too late to trade JO ] will it be better to try to trade him as a potential expiring contract, along with say, Von Wafer, in order to try to pick up a solid defensive small forward in order to back up P.Pierce [ which we could still use, as one never knows if and when M.Daniels will hit the injured list- hopefully not ] ?
What if JO can continue to play, but only sporadically [ as has been the case until now ] and since he has a 2 year contract, will it be better to trade him, along with, again, Von Wafer and a draft pick or two for a defensive small forward ?
What if a decent small forward becomes available, which is quite likely to happen, given the condition and position of some of the teams today, who can we use as trade bait besides the aforementioned? M.Daniels is a possibility as well, and combining him with JO might bring us an upgrade to Daniels, even though Daniels has been giving us fairly decent minutes as of late.
What if Ainge decides to go with the team as it stands now, and the injury bug that has plagued us from the beginning of the year continues, then won't we have a solid chorus of what ifs as the season progresses?
Any thoughts on the subject?
Lionel Gaffen / Fotomix