A good article. Measured, and for the most part, realistic. I still don't buy the idea that Memphis would part with Rudy Gay for Pierce, though.
I was a littled confused by the Milwaukee trade. Was he saying Henson and Sanders? or Henson or Sanders? He mentions two biug men being dealt but Dalembert was a part of the trade first mentioned.
Personally I would rather go after a big than a wing scorer. Especially when we are paying Jeff Green a decent chunk of change.
It was either/or, not both.
Why not? Pierce is still Gay's equal and is on a much more team-friendly deal. Pierce gives them an excellent shooter and a proven late-game asset that would pair very well with Randolph and Gasol. He slows that team down a bit, but Randolph and Gasol aren't the fleetest of foot anyway. They shorten their window for a potential dark horse title run in exchange for (in my opinion) improving their chances over the next two years.
On our end, Gay is another guy that still has a lot of the 'p' word despite the fact that he's in his seventh year now. He's a good fit with Rondo - great athlete who can run with anybody, and though his percentages are down this year he has historically been a decent shooter. Solid rebounder. He has flashed good defense in the past, so there's reason for hope that he could buy in on that side of the ball in Boston.
He has an awful contract for his current level of production, but I see him as a good risk - he was starting to take his game to the next level in the '10-'11 season before getting injured (shoulder, if I recall correctly) and subsequently losing his place as the focal point of the team. I wonder if a fresh start would do a lot of good for a guy like Gay.