Rumors have flown everywhere about Ray Allen being traded. But the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy says Allen will likely finish the season in Boston.
Ray Allen, who has an expiring max contract, remains the Celtics’ largest trade bait. The team continues to measure the veteran guard’s appeal on the market, but Ainge is reluctant to pull the trigger. Allen still is considered an important asset and likely will finish the season with the Celts.
But the C’s may revisit talks for [D.J.] Augustin. Although Ainge said he never spoke with Bobcats officials about the shooting point guard, two league sources confirmed Celtics coach Doc Rivers actually called his mentor – Charlotte coach Larry Brown – and offered Glen Davis for Augustin.
Brown countered by asking for Rasheed Wallace – whom he previously coached in Detroit – in place of Davis.
The conversation ended there.
Despite Wallace’s inconsistent start, the Celtics believe the veteran forward’s unique skills will be invaluable down the stretch.
Murphy also said the Celtics are very interested in finding a backup point guard who can defend, mentioning Kirk Hinrich and Augustin as possibilities.
I remain steadfastly against Hinrich. Despite his reputation as a solid defender, he’s an overpaid backup guard making $17 million over the next two years.
Murphy said the Celtics remain in “window shopping mode” for now, but that it could change by the deadline.
But his whole sense of Boston remaining calm is perhaps contradicted by a quote from an unnamed source to end the article, speaking of Boston’s potential reaction to an Amare-to-Cleveland deal.
“I don’t think it would give them more urgency than they already have.”
So what is it? Are they already very urgent, or are they calmly “window shopping” and “reluctant to pull the trigger” on a big trade?
The next couple days will tell.