After news of the Richard Jefferson to the Spurs deal came down this afternoon, reports are swirling that an even bigger blockbuster deal fell through this weekend.
Though Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge is denying the rumor, Yahoo! Sports is reporting that over the weekend Boston offered Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo to the Detroit Pistons for a package that included Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey. The Pistons immediately rejected the proposal but the fact that it was even discussed is a big deal.
It’s well known that the Celtics want to move Allen and his massive contract ($20 million for next season). They’ve tried to convince teams in the top half of the draft to take his expiring deal as a way to move up into the top five. No one has bitten.
The crazy part is that the Celtics look like they’re willing to part with the 24-year-old Rondo, who practically carried them through the first two rounds of the playoffs this year. But, according to some reports, there has been friction between Rondo and the rest of the team (and the front office) concerning his maturity.
As for the deal that actually went down, the Spurs got Richard Jefferson from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto. And interesting move for both teams, considering the contract the Spurs are taking on and the age the Bucks acquired.
For the Spurs it gives them an explosive wing player to match with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but the deal decimated their bench.
The move will allow the Bucks to give more playing time to last year’s lottery pick, Joe Alexander, and clears $15 million off the books for next season. Sensible from an accounting point of view, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of basketball sense. Aside from Bowen’s defense and 3-point shooting ability, they really just picked up two empty jerseys and an old guy.