Speculation has been rampant since the draft day trade that brought Ratliff and Telfair to Boston that one or both of them would be trade bait. August 28 is the date that has been reported as the day that they are eligible to be traded.
There have been a few threads that the Iverson deal has been on the back burner and in place, just waiting for this date and that either Telfair or Ratliff will be headed to Philly in a deal for Iverson. Other threads see them used as trade fillers in other deals. Other threads point to the fact that we haven't heard of Ratliff getting a physical or anything other than the fact that he was traded and in the Bahamas to make the case that he is just biding time to be traded again.
Today's Globe tells us that Danny is still proposing deals to teams but no takers on his offers as yet. Is it possible that there has been a taker but the deal couldn't happen until these two were cleared to be traded? Is it possible that there has been a trade already made but just waiting for this day to be announced?
I honestly don't know. It wouldn't be unlike Danny to do something like this. But I do believe him when he says that he likes the team we have and won't make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. I believe him when he says that any trade he makes will bring back a very good veteran who can help us. But also believe him when he says that he is still working hard to make something happen.
The day is finally at hand and tomorrow we may or may not hear a trade announced. Now, these two can be traded and we shall soon know if all the speculation was on the mark or way off. And now we need to find something else to speculate about to fill in the slow days until training camp.
-Ratliff not being officially introduced yet as a member of the Celtics (and I didn't know that he didn't have his physical yet, thanks FL12).
-Too many players on our roster who seem to replicate other players we already have (ex. Powe and Gomes, Ray and Delonte).
-Pierce happily agreeing to a contract extension, even though our team is so young and not guaranteed to win a title unless all the young players reach their ceilings.
It would not surprise me in the least if we get Iverson. Not my ideal choice, but he is a Gold Medal player and if we want to have a chance to win a championship, our odds are much better if we have a Gold Medal player on the team.