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WHO ARE POTENTIAL TRADE PARTNERS?

We are all entertained and often very amused by the trade proposals offered on this site. What I want to do is, rather then offer specific trades, to consider what teams make potentially interesting trade partners for the Celts. Most people here seem to believe that there are 3 types of teams who could be potential partners: 1) CONTENDERS in need of late year replacements for injuries or to fill particular needs for a title run. 2) BUBBLE PLAYOFF CONTENDERS who simply want to make the playoffs after long years outside (think Washington and Charlotte) 3) BAD TEAMS WANTING TO SHED SALARY. iN EXCHANGE, the Celts have (a) expiring contracts, (b) a bunch of overpaid, underperforming backup players like Wallace, Bass, and Lee, and (c) a handful of players who probably would be attractive to many teams -- Rondo, Green, Sullinger and Bradley. So who are your partners? CONTENDERS. Most of these teams are in luxury tax hell and have limited ability to trade. This limited flexibility also includes teams like OKC, Indiana and Memphis who refuse to go above the tax. They are all on the edge. Indiana faces tough decisions on who to let go and how to keep Stephenson to stay under tax. Miami has no leeway and will not make a disruptive trade while trying for the trifecta. Chicago is on verge of becoming a tax repeater and will have to amnesty Boozer or let Deng walk at end of season to get under the tax. No room there -- they cannot take on money. Celts can't trade with Clips and SAS has no incentive to make significant trades. If they are in critical need they are more likely to seek someone at the veteran minimum. Golden State has room under the cap but there are no glaring needs. They have some nice pieces but I cannot see the fit with any Celtic players, including Rondo or Green. Portland the same. Everyone wants Aldridge but for whom on the Celts? Portland is on the rise, why would they break it up? And beyond their starters, there is noone I would want. Celts ccannot upgrade their starters. The Nets and Knicks are clearly in need but they are not contenders. I also don't see anything there that the Celts would want. That leaves Houston and Atlanta. Both have room under the tax and both have needs. But can the Celts fill those needs? These teams are far from desperate. Many teams would like Asik and Celts fans want to give the Bass or some other rabble. Ain't going to happen. Like the way Atlanta is constructed -- high performance at low cost. They have no reason to pay high dollar for low performance. They could use Green but what would they give? BUBBLE PLAYOFF CONTENDERS. Here lies the best options. Washington is at the tax level but have many expiring contracts. What would the Wizards take for some combination of Ariza, Vesely, Seraphin and Singleton? Is this a place to dump such players as Bass and Lee? Dallas is loaded with expiring. Are they interested in trading or keeping cap space? Then there is the Lakers. I can see no potential there. But Detroit? My favorite as a partner. They have big needs, especially on defense. They have expiring and good young pieces. Apart from Rondo who would they take? Toronto I am sure is ready to trade but would the Celts take Gay, Derozan or Lowry? Not me. They are cap space killers and modest performers. I doubt Valanciunus is available. Hard to see a trade with Charlotte unless they will offer the expiring of Gordon and Sessions for some of the Celts cannon fodder. New Orleans might be interesting but they need a center and Asik looks made for them -- and the Celts have nothing to offer.. They could use Green as well but for what in return? BAD TEAMS. There is so little promising here. Many teams want Utah's Hayward but what could the Celts offer that Utah wants except lots of draft picks. Milwaukee is a lost cause. Philly and Phoenix also are in the we want picks catgory and have little to trade. BOTTOM LINE. I conclude from all this that there relatively few teams that offer any interesting potential for Celts trades. The leading possibilities are: Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Detroit, Toronto, and Charlotte, and those teams are not that promising. Washington and Detroit are my leading candidates.

Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.

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