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Report: Celtics tried to land Jefferson or Millsap at trade deadline

May 31, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson AP

There has been buzz that Utah Jazz free agent Paul Millsap is the top off-season target of Danny Ainge and the Celtics. They certainly need help along the front line and Millsap would fit in that way. It’s just that the money thing makes it far more complex.

But apparently Ainge was trying to land him at the trade deadline. And if not Millsap, then maybe to land the other Jazz free agent Al Jefferson (a former Celtic).

So tweets Comcast Sportsnet New England’s Greg Dickerson.

Not sure how close to reality that was because it’s hard to see a deal Utah would want, unless you are willing to put Rajon Rondo in it (and you shouldn’t).

The Celtics postseason moves still hinge on the decision of Kevin Garnett — if he comes back it’s likely they bring Paul Pierce back and Boston makes one more run with them. And Jackie MacMullan of ESPN said the other day she hears KG is leaning toward returning.

If that happens the Celtics are too far over the cap to just sign Millsap, Jefferson or any other name free agent. They in theory could do a sign and trade that brings back less money, but do you really think after KG came back Ainge would turn around and do a trade that sent Pierce or Rondo to Utah? Do you think Utah would do a sign-and-trade for Jeff Green, and Millsap would take a paycut to make that happen? No.

Maybe Jefferson makes more sense that way, but not much. And Utah reportedly wants to keep one of them, maybe Jefferson.

But it’s a nice dream, Boston.

  1. goraidersgospurs - May 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    You guys reported months back that Spurs had the upper hand on landing AL before the deadline, whatever happend with that??

    • fanofevilempire - May 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      it didn’t work out.

  2. goraidersgospurs - May 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Report: Spurs frontrunners to trade for Al Jefferson

    Kurt Helin Feb 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT15 CommentsAPIt is widely expected the Utah Jazz are going to trade one of their two big men before the trade deadline —Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both in the last year of their contracts and they are not both coming back.

  3. JMClarkent - May 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    They are both gone. Both will command big money (Jefferson will get Hibbert money from someone who only looks at numbers – Milsap will get 10 million per year) neither is an elite player.

    • football58 - May 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Really? What teams have that kind of money to throw at Jefferson or Milsap?

      • fanofevilempire - May 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        bad teams.
        all the good teams are capped out, everyone is talking garbage
        about the Knicks when all playoff teams are pretty much screwed
        cap wise, that’s why they get to the playoffs and if you don’t it is
        because you suck and you lose your players like the Cavs with LeBron.

      • JMClarkent - May 31, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        Only about a 3rd of the NBA.

  4. realtalk90 - May 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    kanter and Favors could handle the pressure when Jefferson and Milsap GO

  5. kw27p - May 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    NBA sucks. 26 out of 30 teams can’t compete. The league is so predictable I can pick 4 teams and 2 of them will be in the finals. Garbage

    • biasedhomer - May 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      It also doesn’t help that the stars want to only play with other stars. Bosh, Wade, and Lebron all go to one team that offseason. Normally, those 3 players would have went to 3 different teams creating more equality in the league.

    • jamieaadams - May 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Just to play devil’s advocate, most folks had the Lakers and the Thunder in the Western Finals prior to the season starting.

      • lmoneyfresh - May 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        I think a lot of pundits who thrive on page hits had the lakers there, but most reasonable people saw an old team with a very limited bench. The lakers were all hype. Nash’s potential benefit was negated by Kobe’s need to have the ball in his hands at all times and Howard was hurt along with many of the other older players. Just wasn’t going to happen.

      • lakerluver - May 31, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        @lmoneyfresh, yeah, I’m sure you predicted the LAKERS would have the season they had. Now, tell me what the megamillions will be tonight!

      • moseskkim - May 31, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Tell me about it.. U knew the top 4 and future hall of famers would have injury trouble all year? Wow. U have amazing hindsight. U knew they would change coaches? But still when they got remotely healthy, they were one of the top teams in the nba. With that horrible start, how do u think they made the playoffs?

    • moseskkim - May 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      before the season, ppl picked lakers/okc in the conference finals. sa/memphis was not a guess many sane people made. east was supposed to be wide open with miami and maybe a recovered DRose, Indiana with a healthy Granger, Boston for a last hurrah with a healthy rondo/jeff green. dont think it really went as predicted. i love the NBA and next time u bash it, give me a better reason. thanks.

      • somekat - May 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        I’ll give you the west. I would of personally said SA or OKC to come out of the west, but I can see you saying OKC and LA

        The East? No way. Everyone knew the east was Miami, with Indiana and NY fighting for the right to lose to the in the finals. That’s exactly what happened

        I do agree that the NBA is a ridiculously predictable, but only partially because “stars” want to play together. I think it is more because they get “star treatment”, which means you can’t win without one. The NBA decided decades ago that they wanted to be a league about the individual, marketable player, and not the teams

  6. badintent - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    You are right. This went down after the disaster of the 70’s when TV ratings hit all time lows and the “stars ” were on the Police Blotter every week.Bird and Magic both captained teams with many stars in an expanded league(see diluted talent pool ) and it was the only way for the NBA to rebuild their TV rating and refill empty areas.Stern had the good sense to bring in European players with skills and grow the game outside the US.

  7. Kansachusetts - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Can’t understand why the Celtics would want Jefferson. He’s soft on defense and undersized. Now David West, there’s a Celtic.

    From John Krolik in 2011:
    “…no team has ever been able to play decent defense while starting Al Jefferson, and that hasn’t changed now that Jefferson is in Utah. Starting in the 06-07 season, when Jefferson first became a starter for the Celtics, here are the number of points per 100 possessions Jefferson’s teams have given up when he was on/off the floor:

    “06-07 Celtics: 108.5 with Jefferson/102.8 without Jefferson

    “07-08 Timberwolves: 116.0 with Jefferson/103.9 without Jefferson

    “08-09 Timberwolves: 112.3 with Jefferson/113.2 without Jefferson

    “09-10 Timberwolves: 113.1 with Jefferson/111.2 without Jefferson

    “10-11 Jazz: 112.0 with Jefferson/101.3 without Jefferson”

  8. trenthav - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    i think the jazz and celtics could to millsap and marvin w for j crawford and jeff green. lets get it done! i have checked the numbers but i bet they are close. maybe switch bass in there.

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