ESPN BOSTON – The Houston Rockets have made it clear they intend to trade disgruntled big man Omer Asik
this month. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Sunday that the Boston Celtics had the potential assets to attract Houston’s interest:
The advice offered to us on Sunday was stern: Keep an eye on Boston. The Celtics possess two players in different salary ranges that would presumably fit in useful ways next to Dwight Howard: Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. The Celts also have a spare first-round draft pick or two to plug into any trade equation to sweeten the deal for Houston, amid rising suspicions around the league that Morey’s Rockets are going to find a way to come out of the Asik saga with at least one future first. The same Rockets who happen to have a GM (Morey) and coach (Kevin McHale) who have long-standing relationships with Celts president Danny Ainge.
Can’t say I’m a fan of this idea at all, specifically since Green and Bass are the names being thrown around. The Celtics NEED to keep Green. He is one of the few high flying guys who are a threat at the rim and from the corner.
Bass is also a guy I’ve always liked. Solid rebounder, money with his elbow jumper. I wouldn’t want him to go, but of the two, I would rather him since Sullinger has been one of the top C’s on the court this season and he and Bass are similar in size.
Another reason I don’t want to see this happen is the fact that the Celtics are in first place but are also in a position where they can still get a lottery pick. I’m sure that situation doesn’t happen too much. To me, the Celts should stay put with trades, see how Rondo is when he comes back, and if they are in the lottery (by their own pick or a Nets/Hawks) see who they can get from that.