According to A. Sherrod Blakely, the Boston Celtics might be able to land Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks in a straight-up deal for Jermaine O’Neal. If that sounds like robbery despite Odom’s slow start to this season and current personal issues, well, yeah. But I’m not the reporter, just the messenger. (CSNNE)
Other players that the C’s have been linked with via trade recently include Minnesota’s Michael Beasley and Dallas’ Lamar Odom.
In terms of Beasley and Odom, it appears that Jermaine O’Neal would be the Celtics player most likely to be included in such a deal.
The Timberwolves would likely want more than O’Neal for Beasley, but that’s not necessarily the case with the Mavs and Odom.
When the Celtics were pursuing a trade for David West, they needed a third team to pull the deal off. That third team was going to be Dallas, which would have received O’Neal if the deal would have happened.
O’Neal, who is out with a wrist injury, played for current Mavs coach Rick Carlisle when the two were with the Indiana Pacers.
Sign me up for that trade, but something tells me it’s incredibly unlikely, mostly because Otis Smith doesn’t run the Mavericks.