Celtics Trade Rumors: Buying and Selling Recent Rumors for Boston Celtics

Nick Lantz@nickLantz10Correspondent IIFebruary 18, 2013

KG has shown that he does not want to leave Boston.
KG has shown that he does not want to leave Boston.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

As the trade deadline approaches, numerous rumors have been floating around regarding the Boston Celtics.

With Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa out for the season, Boston must look for a replacement in the backcourt and possibly a big man for the future.

Some of the trade rumors that have appeared make some sense for Boston; however, others just seem like pure nonsense. It is time to buy or sell these certain scenarios.


Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard: Sell

Last week, a rumor spread that the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers were discussing a trade, swapping Howard and Rondo, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Since then, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has denied the report, via ESPN.com.

The Lakers just got Howard in a blockbuster deal from Orlando. They will most likely not be trading the big man after such a big deal to get him on the team's roster.

Also, Rondo's value is much lower now due to his devastating injury.

Even if he was healthy, the odds of this deal ever going down seem slim to none.

Of course Boston needs a big man, especially as Kevin Garnett draws near to retirement. However, the trade was denied by Kupchak and most likely will never happen.


Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers: Sell

The L.A. Clippers have discussed the possibilities of bringing in veteran forward Kevin Garnett.

Originally, Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported that the Clippers were interested in Garnett. It was said that L.A. was offering young guard Eric Bledsoe and veteran Caron Butler for the big man.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Clippers have upped the ante with an offer for KG. Now Los Angeles is willing to give up Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan.

This deal is far more likely to happen than the Rondo-for-Howard trade.

Bledsoe would be a nice addition for Boston, especially with Rondo out. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season, which would give the C's options.

However, this deal might not be enough to convince the Celtics to let go of Garnett. Jordan has promise as a big man, but he would be a big downgrade from KG this season.

Also, Garnett is not willing to waive his no-trade clause, per SI.com.


Josh Smith for Jeff Green and Brandon Bass: Buy

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times recently reported that the Celtics have a strong interest in Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.

The rumored deal would send Celtic forwards Jeff Green and Brandon Bass to Atlanta in return for Smith.

Smith is a double-double machine and an exciting finisher above the rim. He is having a solid year, averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

This deal makes more sense for the Celtics.

Boston would be able to make a run at the title with Garnett and Smith down low. At the same time, Smith could potentially serve as a temporary replacement when KG hangs up his sneakers.

The one problem is Smith's contract. This season he is making over $13 million, and he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Boston would ideally want to sign Smith to a long-term deal.

The Celtics have unfortunately had some heart-breaking injuries in 2013.

With the veterans they possess, a title is still a possibility. Making a deal, such as getting Josh Smith, would make that possibility even stronger.


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