Should The Celtics Trade Ray Allen?

This May Be The Time To Make A Move For the C’s

With the Boston Celtics championship hopes dwindling by the day, should the Celtics trade Ray Allen?

Short answer, no.

Allen’s $19.7 million contract is expiring at the end of the season, which makes him a valuable trading commodity for many teams looking to move players, as well as an asset to Danny Ainge and the Celtics.

Yet, the trouble with trading should a highly-paid player  to another team is that salaries of the moving players (and parts) have to match up in order to make the deal valid.  So, with a trade involving Allen, their will have to be more than a couple of moving pieces to get a deal done.

With a deal of this magnitude, Ainge must decide whether trading Allen gives the C’s the best chance at being competitive this year and perhaps in the years to come. With names swirling around the rumor mill, such as Kevin Martin (Kings) and Monta Ellis (Warrior), would trading Allen make the C’s better in 2010 or just in the future?

Most likely the latter, and with that, Celtics fans may not be happy to hear that Ainge is seemingly conceding this season, especially with the core players such as Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rasheed Wallace, reaching the twilights of their careers.

It would be in the best interest of Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge to keep Ray Allen for the final year of his deal and then let him walk after the season.  The leadership, camaraderie, and skill Allen gives the 2009-10 Celtics is still valuable and if the C’s want to raise an 18th banner into the rafters of the Garden this season, they will keep Ray Allen.

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For now.

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