The 2012 NBA trade deadline was one to remember. There were a lot of rumors of almost every up and coming star or league veteran possibly being traded. One of those rumors that surfaced was about Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Allen was close to heading to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Wojnarowski reported that Allen received a phone call from head coach Doc Rivers that we was traded to Memphis for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick. Shortly there after, Allen received another phone call that the deal had fallen through.
That was not the only possible trade the Celtics almost made. The team had a trade in place to send Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets in-exchange for Mehmet Okur and a lottery draft pick, according to Grantland’s Bill Simmons. However, as you may know, the Nets elected to trade for Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace instead.
Think about this, the Celtics have been on a tear lately and are becoming the popular choice to possibly upset the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat at some point in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they make it to that point. However, if either of those trades would have went through, the whole landscape of the Celtics would have been changed.
The Celtics may not have been 36-26 and sitting in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Interestingly, it is amazing to me that the Celtics would have elected to trade Pierce from the team even though he had been the face of the team through their worst times in the organization.