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While most of the clamoring regarding the NBA trade deadline has been focused on Carmelo Anthony and whether the Denver Nuggets will pull the trigger on the pending free agent superstar, the question among Celtics fans is whether they will – or need to – make a move.
The Celtics are one of the deepest teams in the league to begin with and considering they are 36-11, atop the Eastern Conference and are the reigning conference champs who blew 13-point lead in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, they really don’t have any glaring weaknesses.
Many basketball fans would probably say that getting their players healthy would give them the equivalent boost that a trade might bring.
In the frontcourt, the Celtics are five-deep and won’t have enough minutes to go around once everyone is healthy. With Shaquille O’Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis and Jermaine O’Neal, the Celtics are fully stocked.
At small forward and shooting guard, the Celtics give a lot of minutes to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, so they don’t need a lot behind them but they do have Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels and Delonte West (when he returns from a broken right wrist). At point guard, Rajan Rondo and Nate Robinson handle the duties.
The Celtics are loaded.
Beyond the point of depth, the Celtics don’t have a history of making blockbuster trade deadline deals. Last season, they picked up Nate Robinson at the deadline. Prior to that, you’d have to look back to 2005 to see a big move when the Celtics picked up Antoine Walker.
This is a significantly different team nowadays.
The only thing that may persuade the Celtics to make a move is if their Western Conference rivals do. The Lakers could use a boost but if they swing a deal, it may make Celtics fans feel as if they need to answer.
Truth be told, the best thing the Celtics can do right now is ensure they have the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the NBA Playoffs. That’s more important than the trade deadline later on this month.
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