Could the Celtics finally be putting together the mega-deal that has alluded them since the acquisition of Kevin Garnett?
Well it looks as if something may finally be coming together. According to Keith Smith of The Real GM, the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing a blockbuster deal. Originally, it was said that the framework of a deal involved Blake Griffin coming to Boston, Rudy Gay going to Los Angeles, and Jae Crowder taking his talents to Sacramento. Now obviously, this is not fair value and other young pieces and draft picks would be involved, but this is extremely interesting to hear.
Rumors of Blake Griffin coming to Boston briefly popped up at last year's Trade Deadline, but were quickly squashed by former Celtics head coach and now LA Clippers HC/President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. Blake Griffin adds that sex appeal to the Celtics lineup that has been missing since the days of the Big Three. Before the 2012-2013 season, Griffin signed a five-year, $95 million contract, so he still has some time before his next payday.
Additionally, it is being reported by Talk NBA that the Celtics are again in hot pursuit of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. The Celtics have been lusting over Cousins since Rajon Rondo was here, but it appears as if the Kings are finally open to the idea of moving the talented, yet troubled, center. To be completely honest, I do not really believe this rumor. The Celtics have been wanting Cousins since he came into the league, so why would the Kings finally be willing to trade him, unless the Celtics are getting screwed?
If I was a betting man, I would say nothing happens. However, these rumors are always fun, and it is even being reported by some local media guys that a deal could be finalized by the end of the week.
Stay tuned, Celtics Nation.