The Boston Celtics are expected to make a deal before the trade deadline, which occurs February 24th.
Sources say the Bulls and Celtics are widely expected to make a move before the deadline, and each is seeking wing help. The Cavs’ Anthony Parker would be an ideal fit in both places. Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich would be a good fit, too, but his $8 million salary next season would make such a transaction troublesome.
Anthony Parker would be a perfect fit… if this were three years ago, and he hadn’t lost a couple steps because he’s damn near 36 (and not immortal like Ray Allen). He can still shoot, indeed (from the arc, at least — his 39.5% field goals sounds off alarms). But this isn’t the same Parker who used to guard an opponent’s top player (and pretty well) every night. Still, listen to John Krolik from Cavs: The Blog:
“I hope the Cavs trade him, because he deserves better than this,” Krolik wrote, and has repeatedly echoed. “He deserves to be on a team that can use his shooting, length, and decision-making.”
As for Hinrich? I’ve been a big fan of Hinrich’s game for years. He’s just a bad ass mother, who won’t take no crap from nobody. But the C’s need size to play small forward, so Hinrich’s far from perfect. Especially when he comes with a contract three sizes too large.