Warriors may offer Ellis for Ray Allen
A. Sherrod Blakely
The trading deadline is less than a month away, and rumors seem to grow like algae.
This is especially true when it comes to players with expiring contracts such as Boston’s Ray Allen.
While the Celtics have maintained repeatedly that they have no
intentions of moving any of their core guys between now and the Feb. 18
trading deadline — and I believe ‘em on this one — multiple league
sources confirmed today that the Golden State Warriors are giving some
thought to putting together a trade package that would involve Monta
Ellis going to Boston in exchange for Allen.
The Warriors see rookie Stephen Curry as the face of the franchise moving forward. One league source said the Warriors believe that Curry won’t develop at the rate they would like as long as Ellis is around.
Golden State saw flashes of just how talented Curry can be against New Jersey earlier this week when playing without Ellis.
With Ellis out with a sprained right ankle, Curry went off for a career-high 32 points.
For such a deal to work, the Warriors would have to include at least one additional salary. The most likely player to be included would be Vladamir Radmonovic, who has a player option after this season but isn’t expected to exercise it.
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, has talked to a number of teams about a number of players recently.
But it doesn’t appear that this is a deal he has given any serious thought to considering.
Ainge has said repeatedly that he wants to see how the Celtics, as they are currently constructed, play together when relatively healthy.
Boston has yet to play a game this season with an entirely healthy roster.