By: Joe Ford — Celtic Nation Fan Post —
The Celtics have been a horrible rebounding team again this year, and they need help on the glass in a very bad way. There have been multiple rumors surfacing that the Celtics are looking to add troubled young big man Demarcus Cousins. I’m pretty confident his attitude will be put into place by KG and the other veterans in the locker room.
Approved by the trade machine, this deal would send Courtney Lee and Jason Terry to the Kings for Demarcus Cousins and Aaron Brooks.
Cousins would help with our rebounding woes, and Brooks would give us that backup point guard we’ve needed all season long. A backcourt of Rondo, Bradley, Barbosa and Brooks sounds pretty damn good to me! Brooks is a great underrated talent who I thought was used well in Houston earlier in his career. In ’09-’10, the Rockets didn’t even make the playoffs, as Louis Scola headlined a mediocre roster. Brooks averaged career-highs with 19 PPG and 5 APG. Not great numbers, perhaps, but not bad, either. Besides, the Celtics don’t need great numbers with Rondo still playing the majority of minutes. Cousins’ rebounding speaks for itself, and I don’t think he’s reached his ceiling in terms of potential. Cousins is averaging 17 points and 12 boards per game in a tough conference, especially when you consider the bigs he matches up against on a nightly basis.
To be honest, I hate Terry’s defense. Defenders just blow past him, and make it look too easy. I’ve never seen a player get away with so many defensive lapses in a game, and not have these mistakes acknowledged by the leaders on the team or the coaching staff. Personally, I wouldn’t shed a tear to see him go.
Lee has been improving lately, but it appears that like many acquisitions the Celtics make, the player is highly overrated and unproven. Athleticism only gets you so far, and besides his sub-par three point shooting that’s what I have been seeing all season from Lee.
Clearly, this Celtics team is getting old. I don’t want to see us go back to the days of Jim O’Brien, with a team that produces 40 win seasons and doesn’t have a shot against an elite team like Miami or OKC.
With all of that said, we need to remain as calm as possible before making any trades. I don’t think any trigger should be pulled until we fully evaluate this Celtics team. Is the roll for real? If so, we shouldn’t fix what’s not broken.