New Orleans Trade- Okafor and 2012 Minnesota First Round Pick
Orlando Trade- Dwight Howard
Celtics Receive- Dwight Howard
New Orleans Receive- O'Neal, Wilcox, and Dooling (all expiring)
Orlando Receive- Rondo, Okafor, and 3 2012 First Round Picks (BOS, MINN, LAC)
WHY FOR NO: They want out of Okafor's contract and are rumored to be willing to part with pick this year to do it. I doubt they trade their own which could end up #1 and is def top 5, but minny pick is prob late lottery so they are willing to sacrifice it.
WHY FOR ORLANDO: They finally accept the fact that they could and will lose howard for nothing in a month. with the other contracts on their books (turk, nelson, richardson, baby) and having already used the amnesty on Gil, they aren't going to be under the cap for awhile.. they get an all star point guard, a replacement at center and will have 4 picks in a strong draft to supplement their team.. rondo also an exciting player who can keep fans in the seats, which is important in tourist area..
WHY FOR BOSTON: They decide to go all in and try to grab another title before a painful rebuild.. Best case scenario, they win and howard loves it and convinces williams to abandon the prior plan and come to boston instead.. worst case, he walks at the end of the year for nothing.. in that case, the celts are suddenly a terrible team and rebuild it from the ground up with a top lottery pick next year.. this year is evidence that when rajon rondo is your best player, you are a playoff team but not a contender (7th seed).. middle ground is that they end up signing and trading howard at the end of the year and fetch something for him..