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Reports: Clippers interested in Ray Allen trade?

Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:57 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:26 pm
 
Ray Allen could be on the move before the trade deadline. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Talk about a dream trade, at least from one side.

Multiple reports indicate that the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in trading for Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen in advance of the Mar. 15 trade deadline.

CSNNE.com reports that the Clippers are one of a number of teams interested in the veteran sharp-shooter who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $10 million this season.
Among those believed to have some interest in Allen, are the Los Angeles Clippers. With the season-ending injury to Chauncey Billups, the Clippers have a huge void to fill at the shooting guard position.
SI.com also reports the Clippers' interest, but foresees difficulty making the deal.
Yet for all the talk of Boston point guard Rajon Rondo possibly being traded, some league executives have shooting guard and free-agent-to-be Ray Allen pegged as the most likely to be moved. Sources say the Clippers are interested, having lost Chauncey Billups to season-ending injury and lost out to New York in the J.R. Smith sweepstakes. But the price is likely too high, as Boston wants a package that includes a young talent and a draft pick.
So, yeah, talk about a dream scenario: championship contender fills biggest hole with best available player at that position without real assets to provide in return. Not super likely.

Boston would indeed do best to move Allen at the deadline for a young asset and pick rather than allow him to expire this summer. Allowing him to come off the books this summer is a nice back-up plan, but he still has significant value, especially to contenders, because of his proven playoff ability. The aging, inconsistent Celtics have no shot of making a substantive run through the East; cashing in on Allen would make the deadline a success.

Quickly, L.A.'s interest here is obvious. Allen fits a hole perfectly, stretches defenses to open the court for All-Star guard Chris Paul, can make teams pay for double-teaming on All-Star forward Blake Griffin and adds the postseason experience a newly-formed team can't get enough of.

The only real rule from Boston's side is that any future money they take back must be for a player they see as a long-term fit or for a talented youngster on a rookie deal who will have the opportunity to blossom. That's where it gets tricky to make a deal with the Clippers.

The best package they could create would be Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe and a future, future pick. Williams would be needed to help match contracts with Allen, Bledsoe is L.A.'s one remaining tradeable young asset and the pick would have to be generated from another deal or pushed into the future because L.A. has already moved its 2012 first in a previous deal. Another version could include trading Randy Foye's expiring contract, Chauncey Billups' expiring deal and Bledsoe but that starts to create roster spot issues for Boston to accept back all those players in trade.

The biggest problem with either scenario is that Bledsoe does not play a position of need for Boston. At 22, he unquestionably possesses untapped upside and, other than injury insurance, he doesn't figure to see much time as long as All-Star Chris Paul is in town. He's played just 64 minutes all season with so many veterans competing for minutes for the Clippers and because he's dealt with some injuries. His external worth to a team without depth at the one is far greater than his internal worth, making him an obvious trade chip.

But Boston has its own incumbent All-Star in Rajon Rondo and a young prospect in training in Avery Bradley. Assuming Celtics GM Danny Ainge doesn't move Rondo in a blockbuster -- always a possibility -- the uber-talented point guard represents the one bit of certainty heading into the future, with Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett and Allen likely moving on. Even franchise forward Paul Pierce's future isn't guaranteed. Rondo can be the cornerstone centerpiece in any rebuilding or blow-it-up scenario. All deals are therefore assessed on whether the incoming pieces fit with him.

Taking back Williams, who is on the books through 2012-2013 assuming he picks up his player option, doesn't make a lot of sense in that framework. He's playing well this season, averaging 13.5 points per game and shooting nearly 40 percent from deep, but he's not a starting caliber backcourt complement to Rondo and a GM facing the challenges Ainge is facing would likely prefer cap flexibility to Williams' contract, given its $8.5 million price tag.

Basketball fans should want Allen on the Clippers. It would transform L.A. into a team that could give both Oklahoma City and Miami a run for the title. But without the intervention of a third (or fourth) team or an extreme act of charity from Ainge, this one wouldn't seem to have real legs.
Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:48 pm
 

Reports: Clippers interested in Ray Allen trade?

The idea of trading Allen for two point guards and a later draft pick that would be a late first rounder is moronic to even suggest.  The Celtics already have the Clippers first rounder this year and for the first time ever that's going to be a late first rounder.  This report is a waste of a webpage.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Reports: Clippers interested in Ray Allen trade?

Actually, the reason that Bledsoe is a poor example is not cause Boston doesn't need him...  It is cause Bledsoe has talent and is signed several years for low money.  No way they are going to let him go.  That is a pipe dream.  Even the Clips owner can't be that dumb.

Although you could trade Mo (8.5) milliion and make up the other 1.5 in picks/cash/or trade another player like Cook.  It could help Boston having both Mo and Cook for the remainder of the season.  Not to mention both guys are off the books at the end of the season.  Basically Boston gets two shooters for one, both willing to come off bench, and can use Pietrus more in the starting lineup.  This could work.



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:29 am
 

Reports: Clippers interested in Ray Allen trade?

What he's saying is the Clippers don't have anything we'd want that they'd be willing to give up for Allen.  Trading Allen for something is beneficial for the Celtics, and getting Allen would be beneficial to the Clippers, but we have to get something of worth for him otherwise we'd be better off seeing if we could pull off a miracle playoff run with his help.



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:35 am
 

Reports: Clippers interested in Ray Allen trade?

DOPPER ARE YOU KIDDING ME. WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU TALKIN ABOUT. THE CLIPPERS DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THE CELTICS WANT COMMON MAN THE CLIPPERS ARE FILLED OF YOUNG TALENT, SOMETHING EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE IN BASKETBALL. THE CELTICS ARE OLD AND REALLY NOT FUN TO WATCH ANYMORE. THIS WOULD BE A BAD TRADE FOR THE CLIPPERS ALLEN IS ALMOST 40 FOR CRYIN OUT LOAD. THE ON LY TRADE THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE WOULD BE GETTIN RID OF CRAPPY ^%$ KEYNON MARTIN FOR ALLEN. ENOUGH SAID!


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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:42 pm
 

Reports: Clippers interested in Ray Allen trade?

This makes a lot of sense but only in a 3 team deal. The Clips don't have anything Boston wants, but Ray Allen would make a ton of sense for the Clips. It's sad but the Lakers would have made the most sense, but neither the Clips nor Boston would want to deal with them. The Lakers could have solved all their PG problems by trading Lamar Odom instead of giving him away. They would have been better letting him pout for 2 months and then trading him away. Ray -> Mo and pieces -> Odom ( Boston would then trade to Lamar to another contender next year) would have made sense. Dallas most likely won't want Mo (they want D Williams next year) and Boston now wouldn't want to deal with Lamar and his bi-polar @ss.


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