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Rumors: Celtics eyeing Austin Rivers; no love for Wallace

Chuck - Red's Army December 17, 2013 Celtics News 22 Comments

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Via CSNNE’s Sherrod Blakely:

The Celtics came into the season determined to avoid being a luxury tax payer this season, meaning any deal that would jeopardize that this season or even next season, isn’t happening.

That’s why the rumors about Boston being involved with a deal to acquire Houston’s Omer Asik is unlikely to happen unless the Celtics look to make other deals as well.

Although Asik’s salary counts $8.4 million against the cap next season, his actual salary is a shade under $15 million which makes it unlikely for Boston to do such a deal unless they had a taker for one of their higher-salaried players like Gerald Wallace or Rajon Rondo who are due $10.1 million and $12.9 million, respectively, next season.

Boston has not found much interest in Wallace, while multiple league sources contacted on Monday told CSNNE.com that the Celtics aren’t going to get any “legitimate” offers for Rondo until he returns to playing.

A more likely scenario for the Celtics is to pursue a player still on their rookie contract whose potential is of greater value than their present play.

A league source told CSNNE.com to keep an eye on New Orleans’ Austin Rivers who is playing sparingly in this, his second season.

Sherrod Blakely dropped this nugget last night during his in-game hit with the lovely Abby Chin. Hearing Austin’s name linked to the Celtics was enough to wake my from my early evening nap.

downloadThe 21-year old Rivers has some unimpressive numbers this season: 10.7 mpg | 3.9 ppg | 37% FG.  He did drop 17 points Sunday night against Denver and will continue to see more time now that Tyreke Evans is injured.

I’m all for the Celtics taking a flier on Rivers, but, as in any rumored deal, it all depends on what they are giving up for him.

A late 1st round pick? I initially scoffed at the idea, but I’m coming around.

Think of the upside.

As for the other speculation, I’m willing to bet Gerald Wallace is on this roster for the remainder of the season. I also thought we had moved past the Rondo trade talk.

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  • eddysamson

    Its unreal how little the pay difference between Wallace and Rondo is.

  • Rich Jensen

    Ugh. No. No. No. No. No to Austin Rivers. No. The Celtics don’t need him anywhere nearly as bad as New Orleans, so the price isn’t going to be right. The Pelicans botched that pick, and it’s not Ainge’s job to bail them out of it.

  • Rich Jensen

    Also, the Celtics can’t pay the tax this year. They’re hard-capped because they’re paying the full MLE to Bogans. The full MLE is only available to teams that are not paying the tax.

  • Jake Gruber

    This would be an absolute travesty. Austin rivers is not an nba player. To give up a 1st round pick for him would actually be embarrassing.

  • Robert Hodgman

    Don’t worry, if it was from A. Sherrod it is probably wrong. That guy is never right, and he changes his opinions with whatever direction the wind is blowing. He is the definition of a hack.

  • Coobs

    more Abby Chin please

    • Chuck Da buck

      Abbey Nutson Chin is hot but she talks to much in those damn interviews she always asks one question too many and it gets uncomfortable.

    • zippittyay

      The entire TV crew has taken a giant step backwards this season. Only Mike and Tommy are worth watching. The rest have not been an improvement. Give me Tanguay, Dickerson and Scal any day over their replacements.

      • Coobs

        I stopped reading after Tanguay, because you’re clearly an idiot if you think that jackass is worth listening to

  • Curt Hays

    HAHAHAHAHA, “Hey Doc Rivers, you wanna take a [morning] dump on Boston? We’ll just teach your son to win rings for your replacement. We’ll call it even stevens.”

    • RedsLoveChild

      Are the Celtics planning to trade the draft pick they received for trading Doc Rivers to the Clippers {1st round in 2015}….in exchange for Austin Rivers?!?

      Yuck!…sounds almost incestial

      • eddysamson

        haha oh god that would be odd

        • RedsLoveChild

          I could go for a “spite trade” to piss off Doc.

          Trade for Austin Rivers, then treat him the same way Doc would treat any young player….bury him on the bench, lots of DNP`s, slow down his development, bury his career!

          • Tommy_Heinsohn

            I love that idea. This is exactly why I love Stevens as our new coach. Can you imagine Rivers coaching this roster? Olynyk, Faverani, Pressey would all be buried on the bench. Crawford would be playing 10 min a game, and Avery would be our PG.

          • eddysamson

            God I hope so! E’Twaun Moore wasn’t that bad once he left us, wonder what Stevens would have done with him, JaJuan, or Fab? Or Shav…or Twills for that matter…

          • Chuck Da buck

            Twill could be an all star with Stevens help he has so much potential and skill I think he would be our starting point guard rite now if we kept him. He’s ceiling is so high but no one gave him a fair chance or he blew it with off court issues.

          • eddysamson

            Yup i definitely saw that potential with him.

      • Curt Hays

        LMAO. I didn’t even consider that. That would be poetic.

  • Chuck Da buck

    With these rondo rumors I believe Donnie marshal started this to try and cause turmoil with the celtics chemistry he’s trying to help out the nets by causing a rift with rondo. Nice try Connie Marshal.

  • Frank Aziza

    Did u ever think Ainge thinks a starting line up of Rondo Bradley Green Sully and Asik is a GREAT TEAM.

  • Brian Pahlm

    So his cap number is 8.4? What is the problem? You pay hump 12 million for a back up PF, and bogans 5 million to do nothing. Asik rondo Bradley green and sully is enough to hold on to the 4 spot. Idunno how much far you are going, but giving this team a real center instead of having to play small all the time will make everyone better.

  • Mike C

    I honestly believe this is Ainge’s Achilles heel in recruiting… Since he was a guard for the Celtics, he’s always looking at that position to improve the team. We don’t need any more GUARDS, we’re stacked! Lets get a big man who can help get some boards and be a solid backup coming off the bench for Sullinger.