The blogs everywhere are abuzz with all kinds of trades for the Celts to make. What is obvious is that few people realize the limitations that exist. Since Ainge used the non-taxpayer mid level to sign Jason Terry, the Celtics are operating under what amounts to a hard cap this season. They cannot exceed the 74 million limit, so any trade must at least match salaries or they must send out more than they take back. Not all teams can or are willing to take on more salary meaning the teams with which to strike a deal are limited.
What we know is that we need a true point guard to back up Rondo. He is playing entirely too many minutes and it is beginning to affect his game. We need someone to keep up the defense while KG sits. And we need rebounding, offensive in particular.
HOOPS WORLD is reporting Sunday night that Brandon Jennings is likely available. He would be a fine back up and is on the last year of a rookie contract which could be as good as an expiring. Milwaukee needs a good back up SG or SF. Courtney Lee can play both and his contract and Barbosa (after Jan. 18) or Lee and Joseph would match Jennings and Larry Sanders. The 6'11" Sanders has unbelievable defensive stats, averages 7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in about 24 minutes, and he only makes about 2M this year, and 3M next.
Considering the limitations, this may be the best option to possibly solving all three main problems without giving up too much in return.