Monday, February 21, 2011

The Celtics are allegedly involved in discussions with Houston regarding a Mr. Shane Battier.

I don't know what the deal would look like. The article provides minimal information:

Add Houston's Shane Battier to the list of perimeter players that possess the ideal combination -- veteran know-how with an expiring contract -- to interest the Boston Celtics.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has publicly acknowledged the need for backcourt reinforcements thanks to the Marquis Daniels' bruised spinal cord and Delonte West's spotty health all season.

After the name of Cleveland's Anthony Parker surfaced Friday as a player that Boston has joined conference rival Chicago in pursuing, sources said Monday that the Celtics and Rockets have likewise discussed the prospect of Battier moving East.

Yet it's too soon to say whether the teams can reach an agreement on a deal to send Battier to the Celtics, given that Boston's trade chips are limited and since Houston is regarded as one of the most aggressive teams in a conservative market and might need Battier's expiring $7.4 million salary for a bigger move. 

Would Nate and Marquis be a possibility for Battier? The Celtics don't have much to work with in terms of dealing people. Battier would be a MORE than adequate back up for Paul, but I wonder how he would feel coming off the bench and playing less minutes than he's accustomed to. I think he would be a GREAT addition- he plays solid defense and is an able scorer. He plays unselfishly and absolutely improves every other member of his team while he's on the floor. He seems like too big a name for the Celtics to land at this point in time, but a girl can hope. It might take more than Nate and Marquis, but if the Celtics could figure out a way to land him, I think he would be worth investing him. He's a player that could make a difference on this team beyond this season and the Championship run. 

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