The best trades in any professional sport, are transactions that help all teams involved and a deal that I touched upon in an earlier article, just might be a move that could help two franchises in the Association. The deal that I proposed, would send Boston Celtics All-Star forward to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for their talented young forward Rudy Gay.
The trade could help the Grizzlies get to the next level in their quest to reach their first NBA Finals and capture the first Title for the franchise since they entered the Association. For the Celtics, it would give them another talented young athlete, to go along with Rajon Rondo, as the team moves on to the post “New Big Three” era for the squad.
The Grizzlies are a young team that is filled with talented players, such as Marc Gasol in the pivot and Mike Conley manning the point, while O.J. Mayo comes into give the squad a boost off of the bench. Although veteran Zach Randolph has turned his career around since joining Memphis, he lacks the Post Season experience that Pierce would bring to the club. The Celtics veteran sports a Championship ring that he won in 2008, which would certainly impress his new teammates.
Pierce would praise Gasol, when he showed toughness on the court and encourage him to display it more often. He would demand that Conley become more of a take-charge leader on the floor, directing the offense the way he showed he was capable of doing while playing for Ohio State. He would be a veteran shoulder for Randolph to lean on and talk to Mayo about remaining focused while he is on the floor.
Boston, would be getting a talented young player, whom many NBA Observers believe has not yet reached his full potential since entering the Association. The biggest knock on him is that he has failed to become a clutch player when the Grizzlies have needed him the most. A change of scenery, to a team that has accomplished to what the Celtics have in their long, proud history, combined with the leadership of Boston bench boss Doc Rivers and Rondo, could be the answer to stop Gay from turning into Claude Rains (The Invisible Man) in key situations.
If the Celtics do reach a deal to bring back veteran big man Kevin Garnett, he could be a major influence to help the talented young player become all that he can be. Those who witnessed Boston’s game five against Miami, saw Garnett pull a reluctant Mickael Pietrus into a team huddle twice down the stretch of that contest. The “Big Ticket” is a natural leader, who has always had a great rapport with younger teammates, in Boston and in Minnesota and could be the perfect mentor for Gay.
The trade would work under the NBA Salary Cap, as both players will make about the same amount of money next season. The Grizzlies would get the leadership they need, to be able to challenge the Thunder for control; of the Western Conference over the next couple of seasons while the Celtics would acquire a player who could be part of the team’s new foundation, that brings the next NBA Championship banner to the rafters of the “New Garden.” That looks like a win-win situation from this perspective.