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Ben Gordon, Al Jefferson and Emeka Okafor


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...

Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Wilcox, Avery Bradley and our 2013 pick to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor.

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:

Rondo/Dooling

Gordon/Moore

Green/Pietrus

Jefferson/Johnson*

Okafor/Steimsma

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.

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