The Boston Celtics are exploring trades that would bring Leandro Barbosa or Rudy Fernandez to Boston. (Boston Herald)
League sources said yesterday that the Celts have expressed trade interest in guards Leandro Barbosa of Phoenix and Rudy Fernandez of Portland.
The Celtics probably are using Rasheed Wallace’s contract in their attempt to acquire Barbosa, who averaged 9.5 points in 17.9 minutes for the Suns this season.
Barbosa will make $7.1 million in 2010-11 and has a player option for $7.6 million the following season. Wallace is on the books for $6,322,320, which is well within the acceptable range (125 percent plus $100,000) for a trade under NBA rules.
The Suns then could let Wallace retire and be responsible on their cap only for the buyout, which the C’s could help with, too.
Of course, none of this trade talk means anything if Wallace doesn’t actually retire. Fernandez and Barbosa sure can spark a second unit, though. They’re both instant offense, in the mold of Nate Robinson… except they aren’t midgets, so they could actually play alongside Rondo.
Something interesting to note: Fernandez is only going to make $1.2 million next season. If I’m not mistaken, a straight-up trade of Sheed for Fernandez doesn’t work. Fernandez and Marcus Camby for Big Baby and Sheed, anyone?