Lakers and Celtics might look to unload
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are two of the most storied franchises in NBA history. They have been in great championship battles throughout the years and they both always seem to thrive at the end of the year. However, both teams are getting old now and they both might look to start rebuilding as soon as this season.
Let’s start with the Celtics. The team is currently 15-16 on the season and hold the eight seed in the East. They are on a four game losing streak and it doesn’t look like they are going to be able to make a run this year. Their stars Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are all getting old and are nearing retirement. They also have young point guard Rajon Rondo, who they could deal as well. Therefore, it might be beneficial to trade them this season before the deadline so that they can get something back for them rather than just seeing them all walk.
Due to his large salary, Garnett might be tough to trade, but there will be teams that would gladly trade for Allen and Pierce, according to WEEI. If Orlando has decided to keep Dwight Howard for the remainder of the season, it would make sense for them to trade for Pierce to try to win a championship this year. Chicago could be a fit for Ray Allen as well.
As for the Lakers, they are definitely in a better position than the Celtics right now, although they aren’t where they would like to be. They are 19-13, which is good for fifth in the West. However, they certainly don’t look like a championship team at all.
Ever since the botched trade for Chris Paul before the season started, there has been a lot of distractions to the team. Much of it comes from Pau Gasol, who was supposed to be traded in the deal. He does not make a big deal out of it, but the trade rumors still linger in the locker room.
Pau and Andrew Bynum have both been great down low this season and Kobe Bryant has been his same old self. However, they are lacking a good point guard. Derek Fisher is old and Steve Blake is a good backup, but not good enough to run the show. Metta World Peace has declined significantly this season, according to Fox Sports West. Although Matt Barnes is a spark off the bench, they really don’t get any more bench production.
They really need to trade for a point guard. How about trading Pau Gasol to the Knicks for Amare Stoudemire and Baron Davis? Obviously Amare is a bit of a downgrade to Pau, but the Lakers would get a much needed starting point guard out of the deal.
Whatever the Lakers and the Celtics decide to do, one thing is clear. They don’t have enough firepower right now to make a run for the NBA championship and if both teams decide to go the rebuilding route soon, it might be a few years before they end back up there.