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More Trade Rumors: Celtics Willing To Deal Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries for Amar’e Stoudemire?


Trade talk hasn’t died down just yet in Boston. Days after Danny Ainge confirmed to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald that the team was engaged in discussions with other teams pertaining to their veteran pieces of the roster, we have another report surfacing today from Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report on potential talks between the Celtics and Knicks:

But even if it’s not Rondo, the Celtics are still attractive for the potential of a big man swap, and according to a source close to Gang Green, they might be willing to take on what basically no other team wants: Stoudemire’s $21.7 million and $23.4 million salaries this season and next, respectively.

In that scenario, according to the source, the Knicks would acquire power forward/center Kris Humphries and small forward Gerald Wallace, while the Celtics would lose two massive salaries for one, Stoudemire, who the Celtics would have to retain only until 2015 (Wallace is through 2016). The Celtics also plan on “stinking in 2014-15 anyway,” according to the source close to the team, so Stoudemire’s financial presence wouldn’t necessarily hurt them as they have plenty of salary-cap flexibility and can continue to add roster pieces.

Sound familiar? CelticsHub was ahead of the curve on this!

You probably heard rumors of such a deal earlier this week from Chris Broussard of ESPN involving Gerald Wallace and the Knicks, since well the C’s are trying to deal Wallace to any team, anywhere:

Our own Tom Westerholm ran with Broussard’s thoughts on Monday and came up with a little deal of his own:

As proposed by Broussard, the trade doesn’t work. Wallace and Lee’s contracts are not large enough to equal Amare’s, nor would a deal involving those two make much sense for New York. However, a deal including Wallace and Kris Humphries might make sense for both parties. Wallace’s contract is bad, and one year longer than Stoudemire’s, but he’s also probably more useful in terms of actual production for the Knicks than STAT at this point. In addition, the stretch provision in his deal remains an option for whichever team employs him. Meanwhile, Humphries’ expiring would give the Knicks about $11 million in cap room next summer. The Celtics, essentially, would be killing their cap flexibility for one more season (a season in which they aren’t likely to be contenders anyway) in exchange for a LOT of room two years down the road.

This, however, is all speculation. We will keep you posted on this story if it develops beyond its current stage.

So keep checking back with CelticsHub, where we’ll dissect the trade rumors for you and actually tell you about deals that are actually feasible.


  • The Cardinal

    I could see this happening if only because Wallace is probably a little too vocal to be such a mediocre player. No one out hustles him and that's a plus however, his actual performance doesn't give him much room to question his teammates' desire/attitude/intensity/etc… I would imagine most of his cohorts view him more as a nuisance than a leader-by-example, and Coach Brad and Danny are probably quietly seething.

    I think the C's would trade almost anyone not named Rondo, Sully, KO, Green and unfortunately Bradley (he has his moments, but entering year 4, he just doesn't seem to be a player you continue to hold on to at all costs) to rid themselves of him at this juncture.

  • Mr Curet

    Actually I’d rather them sticking to trade Wallace, Humphries & Courtney Lee for Stoudemire & Shumpert. A backcourt of Rondo, Bradley & Shumpert would be deadly, not only that but the C’s would rid themselves of Lee’s contract for a younger & better player. As far as Stoudemire goes, I think Rondo can still get something out of him for the time he’d be in Boston, just like Nash did in Phoenix.

    • hydrofluoric

      I kinda doubt even the Knicks would be dumb enough to do that, but I'd love to see Danny try.

    • The Cardinal

      I'm waiting for the thumbs down, but I'd trade Bradley for Shumpert in a heart beat.

      • hax

        Thumbs up!
        Shumpert nearly got the Knicks Kennth Faried!
        Bradley would get us a 2nd round pick from the Grizzlies right now probably.

  • hax

    I feel Humphries is more valuable than this. Currently, he is the best player in this trade. Give him real minutes and he has a double-double every night. Instead of giving us cap room next year, this absolutely destroys our cap room for this season and next season.

    Gerald just got fined 10k for swearing when asked about the game. This guy doesn't understand he is part of the reason the team sucks. Time to get traded.

  • The Cardinal

    Man, I just checked the box scores for the rest of the NBA and the Atlantic Division is competitively awful-but-unpredictable across the board. Toronto beat Philly in a match up of the Division leaders (brahahahahaha!!!), Brooklyn lost again, with 5 secs. left in the 4th, the Knicks are tied with Indy, and at the half, the C's are tied with the team with the best record in the West.

  • The Cardinal

    Jeff Green is no defensive All Star, but there has got to be something wrong with him. He's getting torched for the 3rd or 4th game in a row and his offense has completely disappeared..

    • hax

      19 points :D

  • janos

    is important considers both now and future swin of trade

  • hax

    I like the Wallace-Lee-Bass for Stoudemire and a 2nd round pick in 2014 scenario a lot more.

    Not only does it get tankier for this season, but Bass's skillset wouldn't help us next year either, and he would be outbid to a contender after that.

    And if Stoud gets close to his old form, even better. Another trade asset! If not, money off the books faster than before.

    • dslack

      Bass and Lee both have intrinsic value of their own, more than a 2nd round pick.

  • Dean

    same Celtics but for Asik younger ,healthier and taller.

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