NESN – Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics came close to deals for both of the future Hall of Famers at this year’s deadline. According to the report, the Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies had come to agreement on a deal for Allen. The trade would have sent the veteran sharpshooter to Memphis in exchange for guard O.J. Mayo and a draft pick. In fact, according to Wojnarowski, Celtics coach Doc Rivers had even called Allen to tell him that he was headed to Memphis. Twenty minutes later, Rivers called back to tell Allen the deal was done. Danny Ainge apparently had another deal in the works, but it wasn’t as close to being as the Allen deal. However, the Yahoo! story reports that Pierce was close to being dealt as well. The Celtics were reportedly in talks with the New Jersey Nets. The C’s would send Pierce to Jersey, and in return, Boston would receive Mehmet Okur’s expiring contract and a lottery pick.
A done deal?! Ray Allen for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick gets me real excited, and for some reason it was taken away. Seriously, blood flow through the roof if this happened. I know O.J. has had his issues, but the guy can hit J’s all day… plus you get a draft pick with him, sold. Now the Paul Pierce deal brings me down. I know the draft pick from New Jersey is a great pick to have, but this is the franchise player we are talking about. You can’t trade Paul Pierce, well you could, but he still has some game left in him. Ride this one out Ainge. In the end I guess I’m glad these never went down because the team looks pretty good, but boy would I have loved to see Mayo coming off the bench. There is nothing I enjoy more than eating mayo and washing it down with a warm glass of O.J. (bad joke).