Spitballing #4: The Bench Defense
The Celtics have a roster full of talented young players but they may need to clean house in order to bring in some guys who will fill the team's needs, most notably, on the defensive end. Some future picks (probably second round) might need to be thrown into some of these deals to convince the other teams to pull the trigger but I think, in the end, it will be worth it.
Trade Sebastian Telfair, Kendrick Perkins, and Glen "Big Baby" Davis for Anthony Johnson, Zaza Pachulia
Telfair goes to Atlanta where he could fit in and should have zero expectations on him. Perkins gives the Hawks a young defensive minded big man who won't try to strangle Josh Smith while Big Baby could be a nice complement to Smith and Marvin Williams.
Trade Gerald Green and Brian Scalabrine for Robert Swift
Swift has talent but has been slowed by injured while Green fills a need at the shooting guard spot and Veal is a solid veteran to help the young guys. Giving up Gerald is a risk but I just don't think he's ever going to get it. I'd wait until training camp to make this deal so to give Green one more chance at impressing the coaches and also to make sure Swift is healthy.
Trade Theo Ratliff and Leon Powe for Kwame Brown
While Brown's attitude leaves something to be desired, he's actually a very solid defender and perhaps some time with Clifford Ray could help hone his game. This deal might be the Celtics sliding in as the third team in a bigger deal for the Lakers but since Kwame is looked upon as little more than an expiring contract, he should easily be had for a bruiser down low, Leon Powe.
Sign Kelenna Azubuike and Devin Brown
Azubuike and Brown are solid backup swingmen who can handle themselves on both ends of the court and should be able to handle big minutes at the 2 and 3. The Celtics leave one roster spot open so that
C: Zaza Pachulia, Robert Swift
PF: Al Jefferson, Kwame Brown, Ryan Gomes
SF: Paul Pierce, Kelenna Azubuike, Brandon Wallace
SG: Ray Allen, Devin Brown, Tony Allen
PG: Anthony Johnson, Rajon Rondo, Gabe Pruitt
Financially, Zaza makes as much as Perkins so that is a wash and Anthony Johnson, Kwame Brown, and Robert Swift are all expiring contracts. The Celtics have to give up a lot of their young talent but they hold onto Rondo and clear out a little more cap room for next season. Having first shot at Robert Swift and Kwame will help the Celtics shot at keeping the young big men and worse case scenario, the C's might be able to either get a trade exception or someone back in a sign-and-trade. For next season, the Celtics add a veteran point guard and better defense at most every position.