In what was expected to be a relatively quiet afternoon for the Celtics became somewhat active for Danny Ainge as the trade deadline came and went at 3pm. Let’s take a look at what went down as the dust appears to have settled for the time being and the potential fallout for the C’s in the coming days.
What we know:
Patrick O’Bryant is headed to Toronto: There were conflicting reports on this deal throughout the afternoon with O’Bryant initially slated to be headed to Sacramento, then to Toronto for PG Willie Solomon. That deal ended up being a 3 team swap with the welcome wagon closing up after about an hour for Solomon as he was sent to Sacramento for a conditional 2nd round pick in a similar move to the Sam Cassell deal. Danny clearly has found a new favorite trading partner this week in the Maloof Brothers .
This move leaves the Celtics with 2 open roster spots which will most likely be filled over the next 10 days. A number of buyouts and releases are expected throughout the league in the upcoming by bad teams that weren’t able unload big contracts by the deadline. Here are some players the Celtics will certainly have their eye on if/when they become available.
Mikki Moore: Sacramento was unable to deal the seven footer and has waived him according to the Sacramento Bee. The 33 year old Moore was in the midst of a 3 year deal for Sacramento after an impressive 2006-2007 campiagn with New Jersey. His production has fallen off this year sharply as he has averaged only 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16 minutes a game. Playing for a hopeless Kings team must be factored into these numbers and a rejuvenated Moore would be a major addition to a front line looking thinner than ever on the depth chart after O’Bryant was dealt.
In my opinion there is no way Danny makes the O’Bryant deal unless the wheels were in motion to bring in another big body. With Moore all ready being waived by the Kings, I would not be surprised to see him in a Celtics uniform within days.
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