We had a blockbuster… we had some nothing deals… and we had the Celtics making no deal (which was not at all unexpected).
So from the Celtics perspective… was it a good or bad day for us?
Let’s start with the lack of the move for our C’s. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with Marty Burns today… who lists the C’s as one of the losers yesterday. A deal for Sam Cassell was almost impossible because he makes $6 mil., and we’d have to send a lot over to LA to make the deal work. They wouldn’t take Scal…. and giving up any more than 1 player and maybe a 2nd rounder means the C’s completely go for it all this year. Call me nuts… but as much as I’m thinking banner 17 for this season… I want want either (a) banners 18 and 19…. or (b) a chance next season if banner 17 doesn’t happen this year.
So the C’s did what we thought… and what I think most of us were fine with… which is nothing.
As for that 11 player mega-swap… I find it very interesting. I think the Cavs might have gotten a little better in some regards… but they’re re-tooling their whole roster just a few months before the playoffs. That’s tough. I think Ben Wallace will be good for them… and I’ll get a chance to see if I was right about Ben Wallace still having enough in the tank to make an impact. But the Cavs are also placing a lot of faith in Wally Szczerbiak to stay healthy. Same with Delonte… who has been hurt a lot this year…. but we know he’s a tough bastard that can help them. I think this trade helps Cleveland more next year than it does right now.
By the way… since Sam Presti took over in Seattle this summer… he has given himself 13 picks in the next three drafts to work with… and he now has 6 contracts worth $15.5 million expiring this year. Now THAT… is rebuilding.
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