Re: Celtics Most Likely Trading Partners On Draft Night: Charlotte @ #4 , Minnesota @ #9.......
posted at 5/23/2013 10:09 PM EDT
In response to Eldunker's comment:
In response to rameakap's comment:
If I was trading Pierce (and Bradley!) to the Cavs, I would want Tristan Thompson and pick 19. For starters, adding a 30 year old vet in Varejao means the C's would want to contend, but dumping their captain would imply they want to rebuild. Adding Pierce would mean the Cavs want to make the playoffs next year, dumping AV when likely pick Noel is 19, 206 lbs and rehabbing an ACL tear means they want to be back in the lotto.
Having Zeller and Noel at C and Varejao and Speights (1 year left at 4.5m) at PF is a solid frontcourt for the playoff club Pierce and Varejao would need to be on together.
Pierce would be backed up by Casspi (3.35m qualifying offer) or they can decline to extend him that and use one of their high second round picks for a backup SF. SG is Waiters, Bradley and (maybe) Ellington. PG is Irving and Waiters or Bradley backing him up.
Thompson, pick 19 and Gee to Boston
Pierce and Bradley to Cleveland
That is a non-starter. Cleveland would have no motivation to move Thompson. He is a young anchor, with up-side, along with Irving to build around for the future.
Varejao is NOT gonna start in front of Thompson at PF and he is too valuable to sit on the bench. He will be traded in the off-season (if Cleveland is concerned about his injury and wants to move him before he completely breaks down) or kept him till Feb trade deadline to start at Center until Noel is ready to step in, and then traded.
Also, Gee starts at SF. They will upgrade SF (and SG) position via the trade and/or draft and both Pierce and Bradley would likely share minutes with the new pieces. Casspi, who played only 11 MPG won't be a backup an will not be on the team regardless.
Noel (C); Thompson (PF); Draft/Trade - Pierce (SF); Draft/Trade - Bradley (SG); Irving (PG)
I agree Cleveland is not going to be motivated to move Thompson, but while he is a nice young talent his ceiling is as a 3rd best player on a playoff team and borderline all-star, think Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Larry Nance, Antawn Jamison, Buck Williams, Kenyon Martin or Tyrone Hill. Guys like that.
Again, there is no motivation for the Celtics to have Varejao without Pierce and vice versa for the Cavs.
I'd trade Pierce and Lee for Zeller, Gee and pick 19.
I also think the Cavs are not all that motivated to move Varejao, they like him A LOT.