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Rasheed Wallace for Shane Battier?

Chuck - Red's Army July 21, 2010 Uncategorized 13 Comments

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A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE explores some trade options for the Celtics:

Rasheed Wallace to Houston in exchange
for Shane Battier:

Battier's salary for 2010-2011 season:
$7.35 million

Years remaining on current contract: 1

Why this works for Boston: Battier
gives the C's a veteran presence who can defend small forwards at a
comparable level to the departed Tony Allen (signed with Memphis earlier
this month); is in the last year of his contract which means the C's
won't have to make a long-term commitment which is consistent with the
Celtics' approach to offseason additions this summer; one of the more
respected players in the league, would be a good fit inside the C's
locker room.

Why this works
for Houston:
With the Rockets inching close to the luxury tax
threshold following a brisk offseason, trading Battier for Wallace would
save them at least $1 million in salary; Houston has Kevin Martin,
Trevor Ariza and Chase Budinger in the fold, creating what appears to be
a logjam of sorts at the small forward position when you throw Battier
in the mix.

Battier would be a spectacular addition for the Celtics. It's a no brainer. The only problem – there have been no credible reports linking the Celtics and Rockets to trade talks.

Blakely includes James Posey and Nazr Mohammed as other trade possibilities for the Celtics.

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  • Double P Reppin the B

    This is still the best option. Battier would be the best wing out there for a possible addition. I’m crossing my fingers for this one. If not I actually like the idea of Nazr Mohammed as well.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    Danny do this NOW!!!

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    What about Roger Mason? Does he want to much money?

  • Shawn-cvd

    This would be the coup of Boston’s free agency. Follow the $$ this makes too much sense for Houston to turn down. The only way the Rockets don’t make a cost cutting move is if they decide to pay the luxury tax…something their owner has never done. Might as well do a trade with the Celtics (fingers crossed)…

  • banner18

    YES! Battier would be a major upgrade over Trick or Treat Tony (If I only had a brain) Allen. I’d love to see this or a similar trade for a hard working defensive-minded SF. In addition, I think the C’s need to make two more moves:
    1. C’s need to get rid of Marquis (I’m hurt again) Daniels who is never available when you truly need him. Arguments over his ability are mute, because he’s always “injured” and is thus a waste of a roster spot.
    2. C’s need a backup center to spot J.O. for 15 minutes a night. I’m not buying Semih Erden. In the Orlando summer league, Erdin was slow, didn’t even attempt to run the floor, and did not rebound well. In Orlando, Semih averaged 25.3 minutes, 5.7 ppg, 4.0 rebs, 1.0 blk, 50% FG. In 42 Turkish League games, Semih averaged 8.2 points (on 64 percent shooting) and ONLY 5.1 rebounds per game.
    Is there any evidence that the Rockets are shopping Battier?
    Go Celtics!

  • DR. NO

    Never gonna happen, they say in houston that battier is like a kevin garnett. his the key to their defense. his the best locker room guy, and the voice of that rocket team. this guy will retire as a rocket. they would rather trade somebody else. so lets not get our hopes up people. but it would be nice to have him as a celtics.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Update: Rockets MUST make a personnel shaving move before regular season due to having 16 men under contract. That means a buy out, a trade that sends out more players than coming in for them, or a trade for picks with a team with room to absorb the incoming player(s).
    Battier is their only off season chip IMO. Jarod Jeffreys is an expiring deal as well but no one wants him.

  • http://www.scoresreport.com JP

    Objectively speaking (not a C’s fan), Daryl Morey isn’t going to trade Battier away in a salary dump. He is too important to that franchise.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Cutting him will save the Rockets 14 million dollars (aprox $7 mil for Shane’s salary and $7 mil in taxes). $14,000,000 savings to an owner who’s never paid luxury taxes before. If Morey can move some one else to get them out of Luxury tax range than more power to him.
    Observing the log jam at SF in Houston someone has gotta get moved and other teams won’t bit for anyone else other than Ariza.

  • Shawn-cvd

    *bite

  • james

    we NEED this trade to happen. this offseason has totally fucked us. hopefully if we all tweet it enough someone might pick up on it lol.

  • KGHaTTR

    We need KG to get in Battier’s ear…….get on the blower Kevin.

  • Lee in oregon

    He would be great in green but there’s no way they give him up.