Would a Redick trade solve C's problems?

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Would a Redick trade solve C's problems?

The trade deadline is quickly approaching in the NBA, so naturally there is a lot of chatter about what the Celtics should do before the February 21 deadline.

In an interview with NECN, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck sees a large possibility of a trade on the horizon.

"There's a likelihood of moves. Doc hinted at it.  Danny's phone rings all day long" discussed Grousbeck. "I think February is going to be a very busy month, but can't predict yet."

One potential target for the Celtics appears to be Magic guard J.J. Redick.

The 28-year old Redick is averaging 14.9 points per game for Orlando this season.

The big question would be, where would J.J. Redick fit in with the Celtics squad?

"What's (Redick) going to solve? asks columnist Bob Ryan. "Unless it's to do the job that they thought (Jason) Terry was going to do. Then, that's it."

Terry, who was labeled as Ray Allen's replacement for the green team, has struggled throughout his first season after signing a three-year contract with Boston.  Through 43 games, Terry has scored 9.8 points per game.  

Although his stats might be a little better at this point in the season, Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely doesn't see J.J. Redick as much of an upgrade from what the Celtics have on their roster right now.

"I don't think it's an upgrade, because when you look at the numbers he's shooting less that forty percent on three pointers." evaluated Blakely. "Jason Terry has struggled, but he is still shooting thirty-two (percent),  Courtney Lee is about thirty-five.  They are playing a lot fewer minutes than J.J. Redick."

That's not the only thing Blakely worries about in a possible swap with the Magic.

"J.J. is a good player, mind you a very good player.  I worry about him having, what I call 'contract-itis.'  He is playing for a contract." warned Blakely. "If he gets a new contract, I would not be surprised if his numbers revert back to what we've seen when he has some stability."

If Danny Ainge decides to make a deal with Orlando, how do they get the deal done?  Gary Tanguay heard a rumor that Jeff Green could potentially be on the move.

"It's great to talk trade, but how do you make the deal." questioned Gary Tanguay. "If you are Orlando do you trade (Redick's) expiring contract for Jeff Green's nine million a year?  No way, not happening.  I think it's a tough deal to pull off."

Who else could be on the move? 

"Brandon Bass?  I don't think so." explains Blakely. "He has the lowest plusminus ratio on the team. He is having a bad season in almost every category so there's not much of a market for him.

I think there is some interest out there for Courtney Lee.  I've talked to a couple different teams that have inquired about him on a couple different occasions Courtney is a guy they like because he can give you a little bit of everything."

The general consensus is that the Celtics need to get a big man to help in the middle at the deadline.  Sherrod Blakely agrees with that, but cautioned, "It's much easier said, than done."

Injury report: Amendola out for Ravens game, Bennett questionable

Injury report: Amendola out for Ravens game, Bennett questionable

Wide receiver Danny Amendola was officially listed as out on the injury report for the Patriots' Monday night home game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Amendola injured his ankle on a punt return against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. It will be the first game he's missed this season. The Patriots signed veteran wide receiver and kick returner Griff Whalen during the week.

Tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is among the Pats listed as questionable, along with special teams ace Matt Slater (foot), who missed the Rams game, safety Jordan Richards (knee), linebacker Elandon Roberts (hamstring) and cornerback Eric Rowe (hamstring).

Whalen, part of Colts' infamous fake punt play, settles in with Patriots

Whalen, part of Colts' infamous fake punt play, settles in with Patriots

FOXBORO – Griff Whalen was at the epicenter of one of the stupidest, funniest, most “did that just happen?!” plays in NFL history.

So indescribable it never even really earned a name, it was the fourth-down gadget play the Colts tried to run against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in the first meeting between the teams after Indy ran to the principal’s office to start Deflategate. 

Whalen was the center on that play (I tried to call it “Fourth-and-Wrong” but it didn’t take) and the millisecond between him snapping the ball and the three players processing that the ball had indeed been snapped is perhaps my favorite moment of the past several seasons. 

Whalen is a Patriot now, brought in this week in the wake of Danny Amendola’s knee injury presumably to fill Amendola’s role as a punt returner and wideout. The Colts released him last January, the Dolphins picked him up and cut him at the end of training camp and the Chargers had him on their roster from mid-September until releasing him last month after eight games, two catches and 22 yards. He returned kickoffs for San Diego but no punts since 2015.

The primary area of need for the Patriots is on punt returns. Rookie Cyrus Jones’ transition to appearing comfortable remains glacially slow. It was Jones’ muff last week that brought on Amendola in relief. When Amendola hurt his ankle on a late-game return, the Patriots were forced to decide between Jones, wideout Julian Edelman (who doesn’t need extra work) and making a move.

Whalen is a move they made.

The slight and baby-faced Whalen indicated he had fielded some punts in practice, saying it went, “Fine.” Punt returns are something he’s done “since I was a kid.”

His first impression of the team was, "A lot of what I expected to see. A lot of detail. A lot of effort in practice. Good coaching all-around. I am excited to be here. I was excited to come into a good team that I’d gone against a few times. Hopefully come in and help out the team with whatever I can.”

I asked Whalen if he saw much of the commentary or creativity last year’s failed play spawned.

“I wasn’t paying too much attention,” he said. “When it’s during the season guys are pretty locked in on what they’re doing inside the building. But I heard more about it later on afterwards.”

Asked if he’d heard anything about the play since being here, Whalen replied, “I haven’t. Kinda was [expecting it].”

The Patriots will be hoping Whalen remains as productive for them on fourth down this year as he was in 2015.