The Boston Celtics have discussed a deal that would send Shane Battier to Boston, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
After the name of Cleveland’s Anthony Parker surfaced Friday as a player that Boston has joined conference rival Chicago in pursuing, sources said Monday that the Celtics and Rockets have likewise discussed the prospect of Battier moving East.
Yet it’s too soon to say whether the teams can reach an agreement on a deal to send Battier to the Celtics, given that Boston’s trade chips are limited and since Houston is regarded as one of the most aggressive teams in a conservative market and might need Battier’s expiring $7.4 million salary for a bigger move.
It’s safe to say Boston wouldn’t send a player like Kendrick Perkins for Battier, and I highly doubt the Rockets want Jermaine O’Neal. As such, any deal would likely include a package of Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, and some combination of draft picks/cash.
If I could dream of a perfect addition to Boston’s bench, it would probably be Shane Battier. (Or Lebron James, but that’s probably a little unrealistic.) He’s 6’8, defends like the second coming of James Posey, shoots the three-ball with accuracy (38.5% career), and knows his limitations. The thought of Battier and Glen Davis both taking charges gives coaches sweet dreams of rhythm and dancing, and — oh yeah — an entire New York Times essay was written about Battier’s diligent work in defending Kobe Bryant.
But it’s going to be tough for Danny Ainge and the Celtics to work their magic on this one. They just don’t have very many assets to acquire Battier’s expiring contract. Nate Robinson would be the fourth Lilliputian (shout out to Walt “Clyde” Frazier) point guard on Houston’s roster, Daniels may or may not play the rest of this season, and Boston’s draft pick would likely be at the very end of the first round.
I’m sure Ainge wants this trade as desperately as I do. But the Celtics might not have enough to offer.