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."

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

NEW ORLEANS -- There will be a significant faction of Celtics Nation who will see DeMarcus Cousins’ trade to New Orleans as a lost opportunity for the C's, who could have offered a much more enticing trade package than the one the Sacramento Kings accepted.
 
The Kings received nothing even remotely close to a king’s ransom for Cousins, acquiring him in exchange for rookie Buddy Hield, journeyman Langston Galloway and ex-Pelican Tyreke Evans (who has never been the same since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010), along with a protected first-round pick and a future second-round selection.

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While the knee-jerk reaction is to focus on why Boston decided to not pursue a trade for Cousins, more important is what the non-decision means for the moment and going forward.
 
Think about what the Celtics have done in the last three-plus seasons.
 
They went from being a lottery team to one that has the second-best record in the East. They're holding the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft; at worst, the pick will be in the top four or five. They have three of the most team-friendly contracts (Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder) in the NBA. They have promising prospects overseas as well as in the D-League. And they're led by a coach who has improved his coaching acumen -- and the team’s win total -- every year he's been on the job.
 
And it's all enveloped by a culture with a high level of selflessness, which has created a locker-room environment that has been more about fighting for each other than fighting one another or others off the court.
 
Do you really think Cousins’ talent would have trumped the baggage he'd be bringing to the Celtics if they'd acquired him?
 
For him to have fit in with this team would have required him to make the kind of changes that, frankly, I just don’t see him being capable of making at this point.
 
On more than one occasion, “not fitting in” with the Celtics culture was given to me as the reason why a Cousins-to-Boston trade never gained any traction with the team’s brass. Or coaching staff, for that matter.
 
While there's no denying that he's arguably the best center in the NBA, Cousins is a high-risk, high-reward talent that makes sense to pursue if you're a franchise which has nothing to lose by adding him to the mix. Like, say, New Orleans.
 
The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference despite having Anthony Davis, who has been asked to carry the weight of a franchise that has yet to figure out the best combination of talent to surround him with and find success.
 
The addition of Cousins not only provides Davis some major help, but serves as a reminder of just how desperate the Pelicans are.
 
While there are mixed reports on whether the package of assets the Kings agreed to was the best they could have received for Cousins, there was no way they were going to get anything close to comparable talent in exchange for him.
 
And that was solely due to the risk that any team was willing to take on in order to acquire him.
 
At some point, the Celtics need to take advantage of an opportunity to go all-in for a superstar player. But this was not that time, or that player.