Friday, February 25, 2011

What the Celtics big moves at the trade deadline mean

Right at the trade deadline, the Celtics made a few big trades that will impact the team for many years to come.  I am very sad to see Kendrick Perkins go, but as I look at it again I understand why they did it.  They tried to get him to sign a contract extension at the beginning of the season and he rejected it.  All signs were pointing to the fact that Boston could not afford to keep him on the team after this season, so they wanted to get something in return.  They also included Nate Robinson in the deal, and in separate deals, they traded Luke Harangody, Semih Erden, and Marquis Daniels.

Obviously, this makes the Celtics smaller, but it could make them more versatile.  One of the big questions I have heard a lot is "Why would they make these trades?".  It looks to me that they did it for two reasons.  The first is that they are pretty old, and need some good young players.  The addition of Jeff Green, who was originally drafted by Boston, accomplishes that goal.  It also seems to me that they are looking to get rid of some contracts to free up some cap space.  With the high contracts of the original "Big Three", it's not like they can go out and sign somebody like Dwight Howard after the 2011-2012 season, but if one of the "Big Three" was to retire by then, it would make sense to try to sign somebody like him.  I know that a lot of people are skeptical of these moves, but Danny Ainge seems to know what he is doing.  After all, he is the one who put the "Big Three" together.

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