Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rumors can be so much fun

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics could be looking to trade their fifth overall draft pick before the NBA Draft, which is June 28th. The Globe lists the Phoneix Suns and the Indiana Pacers as a potential trading partners.

"One of the scenarios raised by the executive had Shawn Marion and the $33.6 million and two years remaining on his contract headed to Boston for the No. 5 pick and Theo Ratliff, who has one year remaining worth $11.7 million. The Celtics would throw in another player or two with one year left to make the money work -- say, Delonte West ($1.9 million), Tony Allen ($1.9 million), or even Sebastian Telfair ($2.6 million)....Look for an organization like Indiana, without any picks, to try to deal its way into the mix."

Now this would certainly be huge news if Marion was traded to the Celtics after not coming through in the playoffs with the Suns. Marion would be a great fit in Boston, if the trade were to happen, he's great on defense and can provide some contributions offensively, and that would go a long way to helping Paul Pierce.

I'm just not sure if they would be giving too much up for him, I mean the fifth pick in a very deep draft plus the HUGE expiring contract of Theo Ratliff and one of their point guards. It would be a great trade for the Suns, who are looking to dump some salary cap while moving up in the draft. This could be the first of many trades on draft day, seeing as how there are a lot of teams without draft picks and this draft is so deep teams will be looking to take advantage of that.

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