NBA Trade Rumors: Why the New York Knicks Should Trade for Richard Hamilton

June 22nd, 2010 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »

In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics were in trouble. After a measly 24-win season (and not many better seasons prior to that), General Manager Danny Ainge understood improvements had to be made to save his job.

He responded by helping the Celtics finish at 66-16, the third best regular season finish in the already storied franchise’s history, becoming NBA champions just a season later.

Ainge obviously did not sit back and wait to see how things played out. He made moves. The centerpiece of the Celtics’ improvement was Kevin Garnett, but how in the world did Ainge convince the former MVP to accept a trade to a team with such a losing record?

He made a noticeable splash on NBA draft night. Nearly a month before the KG trade, Ainge set the tone by acquiring Ray Allen.

Despite being a seven time All-Star, Allen was an aging guard, coming off of an injury-riddled season in which he appeared in only 56 games.

Furthermore, his contract was set to climb up past $20 million per year for thr ...

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