According to SI's Ian Thomsen, Ray Allen wasn't the only Celtic
shopped around at the trade deadline. Thomsen said there were
discussions of a Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer deal, which would
have changed the landscape of the Celtics roster.
"Everybody had heard they were looking to deal Ray Allen for Caron
Butler," Thomsen said. "It turned out that was never going to happen.
The Wizards were going to send Caron Butler to Dallas. But if the
Celtics would have been able to make that deal they would have taken
some of what they got from Washington and turned that around with
Kendrick Perkins and made a deal for Carlos Boozer with Utah. That's
what they were looking to do. I'm not sure if it ever would have gone
through, but they were seriously pursuing that end."
That would have left the Celtics with a starting five of Kevin
Garnett, Boozer, Paul Pierce, Butler and Rajon Rondo. Thomsen said it
would have been a good move, but one that would have been pricey.
"It would have made them younger and it would allow them to contend
for years going forward," he said. "But it also would have made them
even more expensive than ever. I think it just says a lot about the
ambition of the franchise and the willingness to spend money if they
think it's going to pay off. That goes against the trend of other teams
we've seen in the NBA right now."
A 7-foot defensive monster who plays hurt for a talented, yet often-injured and undersized power forward.
Can you tell I'm not the biggest Carlos Boozer fan?