When the Philadelphia 76ers landed sharp-shooter and the 2014 No. 8 overall pick, Nik Stauskas, from the Sacramento Kings for next to nothing last week, Celtics fans were left wondering, “why wasn’t that us?” The Kings were willing to deal immediately, eager to dish off players to clear cap space for the incoming Rajon Rondo.
Tuesday, Celtics boss Danny Ainge had the rest of the NBA world asking, “why wasn’t that us?” as he grabbed David Lee from the NBA champion Warriors in a deal that will no doubt be considered a win for Boston at any juncture. Golden State had made it clear that it would trade Lee after the former Florida star lost playing time to Draymond Green.
Gerald Wallace will be shipped to Golden State. Both Lee and Wallace are 32-years-old but Wallace is definitely considered to have more wear and tear. Wallace hasn’t averaged double-figures in points since the 2011-12 season and hasn’t played 70 games in a season since 2009-10. Lee averaged 18.2 points per game as recently as 2013-14.