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Irish Coffee: Ultimate Celtics rumor roundup

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Ever since Marquis Daniels [2] suffered a bruised spinal cord on Feb. 6, it’s been no secret the Celtics want to make a trade, and Lord knows they’re active. Just look at the names they’ve reportedly inquired about.

The Celtics don’t have to make a deal. They’ll be NBA title contenders no matter what. If they do add someone, they’ll have to part ways with Marquis Daniels, Nate Robinson [3], Von Wafer [4], Semih Erden, Avery Bradley [5] or Luke Harangody. In a lot of cases, that someone wouldn’t be an upgrade over any of those guys.

So, let’s sort all the rumors into three categories: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

THE GOOD: UPGRADES

Suns forward Grant Hill [6]

Rockets forward Shane Battier [8]

Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince [11]

Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich [13]

Pacers guard/forward James Posey [15]

Wizards guard/forward Josh Howard [18]

Suns guard/forward Mickael Pietrus [23]

Suns forward Jared Dudley [24]
  • Contract: Signed through 2015-16 season ($2.15 this year; $4.25 million per season afterwards)
  • Statistics: 24.3 minutes, 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 46.0 FG%, 37.9 3-PT FG%, 76.7 FT%
  • Rumor [7]: Among the places the Celtics have looked is Phoenix. Three sourdes confirmed the clubs spoke about three Suns wings.
  • Chances: ‘€œThat looks like it’€™s gone,’€ said one Herald source, ‘€œbut you never know.’€
  • What it would take: Daniels and Wafer

Pistons guard Richard Hamilton [25]

THE BAD: LATERAL MOVES

Cavaliers [27] guard Anthony Parker

Nets forward Troy Murphy [28]

Knicks forward Corey Brewer [31]

Clippers guard/forward Rasual Butler

THE UGLY: DOWNGRADES

Free agent guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic [35]

Thunder forward Morris Peterson

Free agent forward Rasheed Wallace [36]

76ers forward Jason Kapono

Knicks guard Roger Mason

Pacers guard Dahntay Jones

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee or a future mailbag? Send an e-mail tobrohrbach@weei.com [38] or a Twitter message to @brohrbach [39].)