Three trades that can be done this season to put the Celts in a one-move-away-from-contending-again position:
Ray Allen and the LAC pick to Detroit for Ben Gordon. Honestly, I think that even at his advanced basketball age, Ray Allen is a better player than Ben Gordon - on the Pistons. I think Ben Gordon - when he was on the Bulls - or - once he's on a competitive Celtics team - is a whole other story. Pistons shed a bad contract, get a mentor for their young guys and a 1st round pick.
Paul Pierce for someone, that person to Utah for Al Jefferson. I don't think Big Al is part of Utah's long-term plans, but I'm not sure they'd really want Pierce for him. Maybe a 3 team deal with Memphis that ships Rudy Gay to Utah would make sense...
The remainder of 2012 will look strange. Who would start - Garnett or Big Al? But for 2012-2013, we'd have a very solid lineup:
In a perfect world, we'd still have the LLE to use as well as our 1st round pick, which ought to be pretty decent. Bringing Gordon, Jefferson and Okafor into a situation where they have a legitimate shot at winning something would do a lot for all three of those guys. They'd all be better than they have been, individually, because they'd be part of a real team.
*I don't see Bass sticking around here for $4 million. I figure he'll exercise his option and get overpaid somewhere else.