Boston is just 15-17 on the NBA season and sitting in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and now is the time for the team to start thinking about the future as the Celtics have little chance to make a run at a championship this year.
The team has two first round draft choices this year and could have over $30 million in salary cap space after the season is over, and making a couple deals for younger players is the best move if this team wants to stay competitive.
The latest from Bleacher Report breaks down several different scenarios the team could explore and trading Ray Allen to Houston for Kevin Martin is one of the deals that makes sense. Houston needs some veteran leadership as the Rockets are looking good to make the playoffs this season, and Allen could provide the experience the Rockets need to make a run in the Western Conference over the second half of the 2011-12 season and into the playoffs.
Martin is owed about $12 million for the 2012-13 season, but at just 29 years of age, he gives the Celtics some much-needed youth and the opportunity for the team to acquire some youth through free agency this off-season.
The NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching and GM Danny Ainge must make some room for youth as the team looks to add a couple big name free agents next year. This deal could help both teams for different reasons and could help both clubs as they look to upgrade the talent on their respective teams.