A loss here would have been great, but at least Jeff Green upped his trade value in last night’s 114-108 Boston Celtics victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Brandon Bass, who I recently kicked around trade ideas about, moved his stock up and Jared Sullinger continues to impress. The Celts and Sixers play fast and exciting games, and if their cores remain intact through next season, they will continue to be fun to watch even if they aren’t upper-echelon teams in the conference. Here are some quick thoughts about last night’s game:
- The more I watch Spencer Hawes play, the more I am reminded of my own personal game. He doesn’t like to move too much. He can play decent defense in spurts, but we all know he will never be able to protect the rim. What I love seeing is how smooth his jumper is and how he has expanded his range since he has entered the league. His nifty floater in the middle of the second quarter reminded all of us of just how white hs is.
- Rajon Rondo is getting better every time out. He showed his quick hands and better ball control last night, two skills that separate him from his PG colleagues. It is exciting to think what kind of team the Celtics can have next season with Rondo, but those pesky trade rumors don’t seem to go away, even after Rondo was named team captain upon his return.
- It’s weird to watch Jerryd Bayless play for a team that has no chance of making the playoffs. Do we think there’s a chance he is dealt on his lonesome (he can’t be moved with another player) to a contender for just any second-round draft pick? I don’t think he will be traded, yet I don’t want them to re-sign him after this season. I feel for Jerryd Bayless, but at the same time I am not worried about a guy making over three million dollars to play basketball.
- Ladies and Gentleman, Jeff Green’s trade value may never be higher than right now. See below.