Should The Celtics Consider Making Lineup Changes?

Eleven games into the regular season the Boston Celtics have gone 4-7, starting the season 0-4, then winning four straight, and are currently on a three game losing streak. With next week’s opponents being playoff and championship contenders, Boston will need to play the right guys at the right times to effectively stay within striking distance throughout the game. In the past two games the Celtics had a difficult time regaining the lead, or overcoming double digit deficits. Seeing that the chances of this current losing streak extending beyond four games is high, should Brad Stevens consider making lineup changes, or at the very least shake up the rotations?

Courtney Lee missed last night’s game against the Timberwolves due to a sore wrist, and had he played, the outcome wouldn’t have changed. MarShon Brooks filled in supplying 8 points on 3 of 7 shooting, and while that’s not overly impressive, there is promise in his game. Brooks will never reach his potential by sitting on the bench and watching Courtney Lee get his minutes. Realistically, the chances of making the playoffs are very low, which is why players like MarShon should be participating more. Lee has been decent this season, but the ups and downs he’s had during his time in Boston is disconcerting, and maybe giving Brooks a look now and then could build his (Brooks) confidence up.

The Celtics have also had some trouble boxing out on missed shots and have had to deal with foul trouble on a nightly basis. Kris Humphries is a qualified big-man who can come in and play consistent, score points, and grab rebounds. However, he hasn’t been given much time so far this season, and he could really help this team, bringing leadership and doing the intangibles. Letting Humphries play not only helps Boston contend on a nightly basis, but also helps this team grow. The veterans need to get playing time to mentor the young guys, not only in the practice facility, but also on the court during the game.

With the size problems the Celtics have had, changing the starting lineup might be worth looking at. Having Vitor Faverani playing center, Brandon Bass at power forward, Gerald Wallace at small forward, Jeff Green at shooting guard, and Jordan Crawford at point guard would be beneficial to the team as a whole. While debates can start on why Avery Bradley isn’t starting and Gerald Wallace has accepted his role as sixth man, nothing this team does should be etched in stone, and no one knows what the Celtics roster might look like at the end of the season.

If Boston made a lineup change similar to this, the bench becomes a threat. Right now there is no go-to scorer coming off the bench for the Celtics, and this is the root of all the problems they’ve faced this season. With Avery Bradley coming off the bench with Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Courtney Lee, Phil Pressey, and Kris Humphries, Boston now has a bench that can score, defend, and is interchangeable.

This year’s Celtics are capable of being a 7th or 8th seed in the East, but with current starting lineups and rotations this team isn’t reaching it’s full potential. By shaking up the lineups and making starting unit changes, this team can compete throughout an entire game. Let’s face it, this isn’t 2008. Brad Stevens can manage a 10 or 11 man rotation, making slight changes to that rotation depending on who the opponent is. Boston’s record isn’t an accurate representation of this team, and they’ve shown that they can play much better with more intensity.

 

Boston Celtics Waive Shavlik Randolph

The Boston Celtics have officially released Shavlik Randolph, who became a fan favorite rather quickly after his arrival to Boston. According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the decision to cut ties with Shavlik could be to open a roster spot for Colton Iverson who hasn’t officially signed with the team and has been rumored to be playing overseas next season.

Looking at this very small move, the Celtics could be making a mistake as Randolph was one of the best rebounders Boston had in the second half of last season. While the statistics don’t say much, Randolph was a hustler, and always seemed to make the right play at the right time.

After his performances for the Celtics, he’ll definitely find a home elsewhere. However, Boston was a good fit for him, but that’s all water under the bridge now. The Celtics might have some more minor moves up their sleeve in the upcoming weeks and months, but as it currently stands, there are now 15 players on the roster signed for next season.

The team is beginning to take shape, and baring any unexpected trades, releases, or signings, this will be the roster for the 2013-2014 season. Training camp starts in less than two months, and soon all the expectations and excitement for the new season will finally be upon us.

 

Big Trades at the Deadline

I’ve gotten a little behind after the Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson trade. Many Trades are being finalized as I speak. So lets begin with the newest ones. I’m not going to get deep into the trades, because only the big name players are the only ones being mentioned, and all the smaller pieces seem to be forgotten.

Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson have been traded to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Kristic. As a Celtics fan I’m not exactly sure how to take it, I think I’m a little stunned. We’ll have to see what else takes place with the buyouts.

The deal that was supposedly dead, was revived before the deadline. Gerald Wallace will go to Portland for Przybilla and 2 firsts round draft picks.

I’m posting the trades while I read them, so they’re not in order. Semih Erden and Luke Harangody have been traded to the Cavs for a 2nd round draft pick.

Shane Battier has been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Rockets get Hasheem Thabeet and a 1st round draft pick.

Gary Washburn reports that the Celtics get the Clippers 1st round draft pick from the Baron Davis trade.

Trade Rumors for the Last Hour till the Deadline

This post will be updated throughout the hour, so stay tuned.

Sources say the Knicks are shopping Corey Brewer and Renaldo Balkman to clear some room for free agents. The Celtics were supposedly interested in Brewer, but I couldn’t find why a deal was never made. There has not been any discussion between the Knicks and any other team for Brewer or Balkman yet.

The Knicks will be very busy for the next 60 minutes. From sources it sounds like another trade is likely.

A source is saying any player on Jazz could be traded before the deadline. I can’t find any rumors, to support the source yet

Rumors are coming in very fast. The Portland Trail Blazers were in discussion with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets would send Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks for Marcus Camby. But sources say its unlikely to happen.

After the Gerald Wallace deal died, the Bobcats looked toward the Cavaliers and Rockets. The Cavs backed out of trade talks, but the Rockets have some interest.

Sources say Anthony Parker could be going to the Celtics soon. But the source did say that they did not know how true the rumor is.

UPDATE # 1: Marc Stein of ESPN is a reporting the Cavs and Warriors are in discussions to send Jamison to Golden State.

No deal yet struck but Cavs/Warriors talking all way to buzzer on deal that could send Jamison back to Oaktown – Marc Stein
UPDATE # 2: Gary Washburn reports that the Celtics are close to trading Nate Robinson. But Washburn didn’t say where.

Gerald Wallace Trade Dead

The deal that would have sent Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers is reported to be dead. There was no word as to why the deal couldn’t get done. The Bobcats want to dump Gerald Wallace’s 21 mil, so that they could clear some cap space.

If you’re a Bobcats fan, your probably breathing a sigh of relief. Even though they are out of the top 8 seeds, they are only a game and a half behind the 8th spot.

For the Trail Blazers, this would have been a great trade, they would have matched up better against teams in the West.

Gerald Wallace Going to the Trail Blazers

I can’t confirm the source, but according to Dwight Jaynes of Comcast Sports Net in Portland a deal that will send Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers has gone through. According to the source Pryzbilla, draft picks, and cash are involved. Once I can get more information on who is in this deal I will let you know.

This is a big trade for Portland, they will definitely be better.

Just got off the phone with a member of another team’s front office and he confirmed two things for me:

Yes, the Blazers are very close to a deal for Gerald Wallace, likely involving Przybilla, draft choices and perhaps cash. The source told me that he believes the deal is “done.”

He also confirmed that the Trail Blazers are shopping Greg Oden around the league. “They want to get something back for him … they aren’t looking to give him away.” – Dwight Jaynes

More Trade and Buyout Rumors

With the trade deadline approaching, there are a lot more rumors of trades and buyouts.

The Miami Heat are supposedly shopping Mike Miller. The Heat, who so desperately wanted him are having problems matching up against teams at the C, PF, and PG positions. There has been no word on who the Heat are looking at to get for him.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic are in some sort of trade discussions. This was reported weeks ago, but the rumor has resurfaced. The Grizzlies are looking at getting Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson for Zach Randolph. I’ve heard this trade proposed before, this trade helps both teams. The Grizzlies might become a playoff team with this trade, and could be a tough opponent even if they don’t make the playoffs. The Magic get a much-needed center, if Orlando can get Randolph then they will matchup better against teams like Boston and Chicago.

A small trade rumor that in my opinion doesn’t help either team is a deal between Atlanta and Washington. The Hawks are interested in Kirk Hinrich, but the Wizards want a young player and some draft picks for him. Atlanta has proposed a trade that doesn’t require draft picks or young players, Mike Bibby for Kirk Hinrich. It’s a proposed trade that almost makes me scratch my head, I don’t see much of a difference in talent level.

A quick buyout rumor from earlier, which now might not happen was Troy Murphy. Troy Murphy was involved in the 3 team trade that sent Deron Williams to the Nets. The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics were both interested in him, but now we’ll have to wait and see if Golden State buys him out.

In my previous posts I updated them from time to time. I will do the same with this one, so that I can keep all the trade and buyout rumors together. If a trade or buyout is confirmed then I will make an individual post about the players and teams involved.

UPDATE #1 : The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors are having discussions over a possible trade that would send Nate Robinson to the Warriors. Supposedly this deal could happen, but other pieces need to fall into place for this trade to happen. From what I’m hearing, it sounds like they either need another team or player to finalize the deal. Like all rumors, this trade might not happen, but from what I’m hearing this could be an actual trade. Knowing Danny Ainge, he will make sure the Celtics get a quality player.

UPDATE #1.5 : The trade that would have sent Nate Robinson to the Warriors is dead. The teams couldn’t find the pieces to make it work.

UPDATE #2 : The Bobcats are looking to trade Gerald Wallace by the trading deadline. The teams that have interest in Wallace are the: Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Pacers, and Cavs. The Bobcats are asking in return, an expiring contract and a protected 1st round draft pick.

FROM UPDATE #2 : The Portland Trail Blazers are close to getting Gerald Wallace from the Bobcats,  Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Portland is pushing hard and getting closer to completing a deal with Charlotte for Gerald Wallace, a league source tells Y! Sports.

UPDATE # 3 : The Trail Blazers seem to be cleaning out some of there useless players, Greg Oden is the latest Trail Blazer to be shopped around the NBA

One of the more interesting recent NBA trade rumors involves Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick that has seen his career fizzle due to a number of serious injuries. The Portland Trail Blazers may finally be moving on from him, if they can. They have offered him in a number of trades, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.