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."