Celtics Will Also Trade Paul Pierce If They’re Able to Move Kevin Garnett Before Deadline

The Celtics could be headed for a seismic shakeup, and it could be happening very soon. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has a nugget-filled post about the Celtics and their trading prospects with the Thursday trade deadline looming. While he reports a potential deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers is dead for now, it could certainly be revitalized. Interestingly, Wojnarowski reports that Chris Paul could play a leading role by going to Clippers management and pleading for the deal to get done. If the Celtics are able to unload Garnett (Wojnarowski seemed to think Garnett would waive his no-trade clause to join the Clippers), it would likely mean the end of the line for Paul Pierce in Boston. “If the Celtics trade Garnett before the deadline,” Wojnarowski wrote, “they would move Pierce, too, sources said. For the Celtics, the chance to get [Eric] Bledsoe and [DeAndre] Jordan could be a prelude to trying to package Pierce in a possible deal to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, sources said.”

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Rival GMs insist Rondo’s available.

Dwight Howard won’t be traded.

The Raptors would move Andrea Bargnani in the right deal

ATL called LAC and asked about Bledsoe

Trade Buzz: Teams trudge cautiously toward deadline

The usual trade deadline frenzy might yet be upon us before 3 p.m. ET Thursday. But for now, team executives believe the new trade and financial rules have had a chilling effect on the discussions.

Teams have become hypersensitive to the enhanced luxury-tax penalties and looming repeater tax, so the days of easily dumping long-term salary in exchange for a draft pick are effectively over. Plenty of teams are seeking draft picks and young talent, but those teams possessing such prized commodities aren’t willing to easily give them up.

Teams that have used their full mid-level exception this season (Boston) or bi-annual exception (Chicago) are hard-capped at $74 million. Without a third team to absorb salary, it’s going to be challenging for such teams to pull off a blockbuster trade. A team like Brooklyn is allowed to exceed the $74 million hard cap because it has not used one of those exceptions, so the Nets have more room to maneuver.

The only area of increased urgency to complete trades by Thursday’s deadline as opposed to this summer would be deals involving prospective free agents. With players like Al Jefferson and Josh Smith, Utah and Atlanta, respectively, might want to consider moving them now because there will be far fewer potential trade partners in July. Why? Starting this summer, teams whose post-trade payrolls exceed the luxury-tax line by more than $4 million will not be permitted to acquire a player in a sign-and-trade. So if the Nets want Dwight Howard, for example, it would be much easier to acquire him now.

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/ken-berger/21727776/trade-buzz-teams-trudge-cautiously-toward-deadline

Celtics must deal, but for what?

While the Celtics were still awaiting final paperwork on a minor move they hope won’t turn out to be so minor (a 10-day contract for Terrence Williams), the club is still working extremely hard to find something else that will support its run over these next few months.

According to one opposing team executive, the Celtics “are one of the more active teams out there talking, but they really don’t have a lot of great options. They don’t have a lot to trade.”

J.J. Redick says the Magic are ‘open’ to the idea of re-signing him this summer

Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick realizes that Tuesday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Amway Center could be his final home game as a Magic player.

But Redick said on Monday afternoon that he hasn’t received any indication that a trade is going to happen.

In fact, Redick said Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has told him that the team is “open” to re-signing him when he becomes a free agent this summer. Hennigan has stayed in touch with Redick and with Redick’s agent, Arn Tellem, in recent weeks.

Wizards trade rumors: Jordan Crawford creating controversy

The Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford tweeted out his stat line from December early Sunday morning. Jeff Newman at Bullets Forever is asking if this tweet means that Crawford in indeed unhappy in his diminished role with the team.

Would Kevin Garnett put the Clippers over the top?

The tick tock will determine whether Kevin Garnett gets traded to the L.A. Clippers by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. It’ll take the Clippers’ braintrust convincing Danny Ainge to pursue such a deal, and it’ll take someone — Ainge, Chris Paul, Vinny Del Negro, Blake Griffin, a Google Map readout showing the distance between Staples Center and Malibu — to convince KG to waive his no-trade clause.

But what determines whether such a trade would be worth it for the Clippers depends on how much the Ticket can improve L.A. within the next couple of years.