As Celtics fans, we have heard it for two years now. Whether General Manager Danny Ainge used the words "fireworks" or "big splash," we have been constantly led to believe that the team has a big trade in the works.
Now, after much talk, something may actually be in the works.
According to the New York Daily News, the Celtics have engaged in trade discussions with the Houston Rockets regarding a trade for center Dwight Howard. It is not clear at this time just how aggressively the Celtics are pursing Howard, or just how ready the Rockets are to get rid of him, but Ainge and the front office are getting to work.
Howard, who has been one of the league's premier players for some time now, has a player option at the end of this season worth $23.282 million and is expected to decline that option and ask for a max deal this offseason. As a result, Houston could look to deal him and get something while they can rather than potentially lose him for nothing in free agency.
Howard is currently averaging 14.4 points per game to go along with nearly 12 rebounds and two blocks per night. The Celtics would not need huge offensive production from Howard, but his rebounding and shot blocking would fill a massive hole on this team.
Howard has reportedly been extremely unhappy in Houston this season, and this is the perfect chance for Boston to come in and steal an impact player they desperately need. The only problem is that both teams possess a huge surplus of guards and power forwards, which could slow down negotiations and the teams have similar needs.
Like I said, we are not exactly sure how serious these talks are, but the fact that they are happening is a huge sign of progress. If Ainge and the Celtics can bring in Howard without overpaying drastically, the team could be one more big time player away from contending for a championship.
For a complete list of possible players on the move, check here.
By Jacob Young