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Who Says No #1

In writing my post about possible Center targets recently I came across some players that caused me to pause and say "hmm, wouldn't that be an interesting trade". So my premise here is not taking into account the "fit" of the player for what the Celtics currently have (essentially in asset collection mode) and only taking into account whether it improves the current assets on the team, would you say no to this deal?

Without further ado, let's play some who says no!

Josh Smith

Celtics Trade:

Gerald Wallace

Joel Anthony

Philly Pick

Pistons Trade:

Josh Smith

Why the Celtics do it:

Wallace is a locker room problem already, why not have a locker room problem that can actually play basketball? It is very clear that the Pistons want out of the Smith contract, so this lets them get out of it a bit earlier without really giving up much.

Why the Pistons do it:

They wanted out of the Josh Smith contract approximately 3 seconds after signing it. This clears about 4 million in cap room after next year and Wallace comes off the books a year before Smith. The Philly pick lets them save face a little bit and get an asset back although not much of one.

Why the Celtics don't do it:

Josh Smith thinks he can shoot 3's. He cannot.

Why the Pistons don't do it:

They get very little back for what is still a good player. He might not fit with their team well and might singlehandedly cause them to lose Greg Monroe, but couldn't they get more than this..?

So ... who says no?

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