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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  July 19, 2010 12:43 PM

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...no, not the kind that Paul Pierce made at some point to his now wife, Julie Landrum. We're talking a trade proposal that could give Pierce and the Celtics a little bit of help. It's no secret that the Green are still looking for a backup swing man to replace Tony Allen. The free agent pickings are slim, so Danny Ainge is going to have to get creative and use Rasheed Wallace and his retiring contract.

Here is a trade that could help the Celtics --Rasheed Wallace's contract and a draft pick to the Knicks for Wilson Chandler and Ronny Turiaf. The deal works in the ESPN trade machine, and it would give the Celtics a 23-year-old swing man and another big body on the interior.

Chandler is long, athletic, can score (15.3 points per game) and is an RFA after this season. He doesn't play defense, but who in New York under Mike D'Antoni does? Turiaf is a rugged reserve center, something that Jermaine O'Neal is not. He is signed for this year with a $4.36 million player option for 2011, so contractually he'd be a fit.

Why would the Knicks do this trade? Because they're looking to clear cap space for the Summer of Carmelo Anthony and because they're the Knicks.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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