A mere hours before the NBA’s trade deadline, Donny Marshall of CSNNE joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday to discuss the never-ending trade rumors involving Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett , Fab Melo and more.
“I love MarShon Brooks,” Marshall said. “I think that he is one of my favorite, if not my favorite first couple of years players. He’s a terrific scorer. … It comes to an end at some point and then you have to start rebuilding. Paul Pierce is the Bob Cousy , the John Havlicek of the Celtics today. He really is. You have a guy on your team that has played for you his entire career and has played through all the ups and downs. … If you can get a guy like MarShon Brooks, if you can get a guy like Kris Humphries; you know what, personality off the court aside, it helps you on the court.”
Another hot topic for the trade deadline has continued to be the possible availability of Hawks forward Josh Smith.
“I don’t know if Doc Rivers  wants to coach a guy like Josh Smith,” Marshall said. “The guy has no position, I’m talking basketball alone. He has no position. He has no shot selection. Sometimes you’ll see him shooting 3’s. He’ll shoot air balls, then he’ll make two or three. Then you’ll see him shooting mid-range jumpshots, then you’ll see him in the post. He really has no position. … He hasn’t proven himself as a winner, one. He doesn’t really understand the concepts of what they’re running. Maybe that’s the coach and the system that you can play in Atlanta, but I’m not so sure that he’s a Doc Rivers-type guy.”
While Smith’s athleticism is obvious, his personality and attitude has come into question in the past.
“Everyone across the board [says] ‘We don’t know, we stay away from Josh Smith,’ ” Marshall said. “Because his personality, he will blow up at you. He will walk out of practices. These are reports from guys who are on that team; coaches and players. Obviously you have to have a guy come and experience it for yourself, but guys in the NBA talk. It’s a small fraternity and that bad news can derail, it will stay with you for a long time, and I think a lot of people know that about Josh Smith, apart from his talent on the floor.
Marshall also talked about the many rumors involving Garnett.
“KG is one of the last of the old-school, loyal guys,” Marshall said. “I know when he was in Minnesota he said, ‘I’m not leaving here. I love it here. I’m a Timberwolf. I love it, I love it, I love it. Oh, Ray Allen ‘s in Boston now? OK, maybe I’ll consider it.’ And then he takes off. I just don’t see that situation happening because I don’t think that KG is convinced that there is a team out there that he can waive the clause and go to and then win a championship. I think he really believes in his heart that he can win a championship with the Celtics.”
One of the more recent subjects of trade talk has been one of the 2012 Celtics draft picks, Melo.
“To me, there’s a couple of different scenarios. One, you guys know it. Clear cap space and have an opportunity next summer to go out and get guys. … In the meantime, right now, to try to get deep into the playoffs, and I really don’t see the latter. I don’t see trying to get deep into the playoffs for this team by getting a guard. I don’t think that is a big deal. I don’t think they expect that. The expectations are obviously much less now with Rondo and [Jared] Sullinger out. … Jordan Crawford‘s been really struggling lately. I mean really, really struggling. Why would you want to bring a Jason Terry  in here? We’ve seen Jason Terry struggle all season, most of the season compared to his career.
“I don’t know what Melo’s going to bring. I think he has to learn the game. He was a great shot-blocker in college, but it’s just a very, very different level in the NBA, especially when you’re playing for Doc Rivers.”