Wait, so you mean the Celts aren't planning on building around Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace?!? Consider me shocked.
Via Comcast Sportsnet.
The Boston Celtics have officially announced a trade that will send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a long list of players and draft picks.
Among the players coming to Boston are Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries. However, CSNNE Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely has learned that the team may be looking to deal those two. Wallace has three years left on his contract, while Humphries has only one year left on his.
The Celtics currently have more players than they can keep on the active roster, thus the possibility of trades
If you're looking for a second source, here is NBA writer Brett Poirier.
Rumor: Celtics have put newly acquired forwards' Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace on the trading block.
— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) July 13, 2013
My reaction to these reports?
HOW IS THIS NEWS! OF COURSE THEY'RE LOOKING TO DEAL HUMPHRIES AND WALLACE!
Humphries is a solid rebounder and decent overall power forward, but is vastly overpaid at $12 million for this upcoming season. Personally I think the C's will find a trading partner for Hump because his deal expires next summer, but the fact that a rebuilding team wouldn't want an average big man making huge money is hardly news.
Wallace on the other hand will be extremely difficult to move. Unless the Celtics plan on packaging him with a few first round picks, or in a monster deal with Rajon Rondo, it's hard to see any team lining up to pay the veteran swingman $30 million over the next three seasons.
But are the Celtics "looking" to deal him? Umm, yes. Yes they are.
Everyone knows the reason Boston made the deal with Brooklyn has everything to do with the three first round picks coming back in return, and nothing to do with the actual players coming from the Nets. Therefore, of course the Celtics will look to move two overpaid veterans who will be taking playing time away from players who could actually be part of the rebuild.
So while these reports are no doubt true, they mean nothing. Boston is going to try and deal these two, but until a legitimate rumor pops up, there's nothing to see here.
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