Why this trade works out financially:
Why the Boston Celtics should make this trade:
Rajon Rondo is out for the year because of a torn ACL and is not expected to return until next season. Boston does not have a pass first point guard on the roster and desperately needs one to get veterans such as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett the basketball in the right spots. Eric Maynor, who himself is returning from a torn ACL, has been demoted to third string point guard because of the emergence of Reggie Jackson. Maynor is a free agent after this season and will most likely walk. Maynor is a true point guard who looks to pass first; he is still only 25 years old and will most likely get better as the season progresses as this is common with ACL tears. Maynor, who stands at 6’ 3”and weighs 175 pounds, would definitely help the Celtics make a run in the playoffs if Danny Ainge decides not to blow up the team by trading stalwarts Pierce and Garnett.
Boston is currently 8th in the East with a 22-23 record; Ainge has to decide if this team has another run in them or if it’s time to blow the entire thing up and bring in some young talent to complement Rondo. Boston does not have a pass first point guard on the roster; Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee are all shoot first combo guards. Maynor is a traditional point guard who makes his teammates better. Maynor was picked 20th overall in the 2009 draft by the Utah Jazz; he’s shown flashes of excellence since being drafted and was regarded as one of the best backup point guards in the league before his injury. Maynor is averaging career lows in minutes (10.9 MPG), points (2.7 PPG) and assists (2.1 APG).
How this trade helps the Oklahoma City Thunder:
OKC will most likely lose Maynor after this season ends and it would be wise for them to receive some compensation for him. Picking up a couple second round picks with Leandro Barbosa, Wilcox and Collins is better than letting him walk for free at the end of the season. The Thunder would most likely waive Collins and Wilcox if this trade took place. Collins, Wilcox and Barbosa are all in the last years of their deals. Barbosa would be a nice addition as he can play the third string point guard and shooting guard roles for the Thunder. He is a better scorer than Maynor and a little bit more versatile largely due to his freakish wingspan; Barbosa stands at 6’ 3” but has a 6’ 10” wingspan. Maynor is the same height as Barbosa but Maynor actually has a shorter wingspan (6’ 2.5”) than his height (6’ 3”).
Barbosa, AKA the Brazillian Blur, is 30 years old and brings a lot of playoff experience to the table; he’s been a prolific scorer in the past as evidenced by his 18.1 PPG average during the 2006-2007 season with the Pheonix Suns. Barboasa boasts career averages of 12.1 PPG and 2.4 APG in 23.9 MPG while shooting 46.1% from the field and 39.1% from 3 point range
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