I am not positive how they would feel, especially it being Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire has been a premier big man in the NBA, but nagging injuries has limited him. According to sources, the Celtics would be willing to accept Stoudemire in exchange for Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.
While this might not seem like a bad trade, two questions arise. One, are the Celtics ready to accept a player who has a history of injuries and will likely never return to form? Also, would Amare Stoudemire even want to play for a team in the middle of a rebuilding process?
I am sure Rajon Rondo would love to have the star forward as long as he’s healthy. Stoudemire loved playing with a playmaking point guard in Steve Nash, so imagine him playing with Rondo? It would be similar to lob city … well, maybe not, but you get the point. Stoudemire always excelled when playing with a point guard with excellent playmaking skills, and Rondo is among the best of them.
We know what Amare could bring to the Celtics if he could stay healthy, but that’s a big if. He could bring veteran leadership, assistance with player development and more points in the paint. Players such as Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass don’t seem too comfortable with having sole responsibilities down low, and having a veteran presence down there could definitely help.
Wallace doesn’t really want to stick around for the rebuilding process and feels like he should be on a contending team this late in his career, so this could work for both teams if Amare is up for it.
Regardless of Stoudemire’s history of injuries, he is a vet and he’s only 31. He can score the ball and brings toughness to a roster. If he can ever become 100 percent healthy, this would be a clear upgrade for Boston. Wallace doesn’t want to be there and Humphries is angry about minutes, so it’s time for a change of scenery for everyone.
If this happens, it could be a good thing for both teams.
Jared Hughes is a Boston Celtics writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @CoolHughes, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.