CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely came up with a list of three trades the Celtics could potentially execute for Rasheed’s retiring contract. I’m not gonna lie — one of them made me a little aroused.
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
Do you know how perfect this would be? Battier’s basically a church-going, flame-throwing, corn-rows-built-into-his-head James Posey. He’s got Tony Allen’s defense except he’s 6’8″ tall, he doesn’t throw turnovers, and it doesn’t look like he’s having a seizure when he shoots jumpers. He plays the two or three, defends Kobe as well as any man alive, and provides veteran leadership and a steady hand off the bench. Basically, Shane Battier was built to come off the Celtics bench.
So then why would the Rockets give him up? Because they’re going to be swimming in luxury tax and they already have a few wingmen. Trevor Ariza and Kevin Martin ain’t going anywhere and the Rockets seem to really like Chase Budinger. And Jared Jeffries counts too, I guess. With all those wings, it’s uncertain what Battier’s role would be. And with the Rockets in the luxury tax, trading him away would save them $14 million.
Danny, if you’re listening, please make it happen. Throw in a pick if you need to. Just get Battier in Green. I need a little Shane in my life.
P.S. – I have a confession to make. I also have cornrows built into my head. I’m not even kidding. I like to call it Battier Disease.