The NBA trade deadline sits just hours away. Fittingly, the action seems as compressed as the regular season has been. There are 30 general managers playing poker right now not wanting to show their hands. In Boston, it is no different, and the next few hours could be either the last attempt at a championship run or the start of a total rebuild of the Celtics.
While Rajon Rondo has earned the most attention in recent days and rumors, it is Ray Allen who has the best chance of being traded. With his impending free agency, he is the perfect "rent-a-player" for a team looking to go on a championship run.
The former All-Star shooting guard can still space the court, knock down shots and defend at a decent level. Allen has kept himself in tremendous physical condition and has said he would love to play another two or three years.
For much of the days leading up to the deadline, Celtics boss Danny Ainge has found little interest in any of his Big Three -- Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Ainge is in a tough situation because to trade any one of those players, he needs to receive in return something that at least symbolizes or resembles equal value for a possible future Hall of Famer. So he could be asking for too much.
However, it might be a situation where Ainge could use Allen to pry away a talented, yet underachieving player whose value has dipped but still has great upside.
And with Twitter aflutter with rumors that Allen has gained some interest among some contenders, here are some three trade scenarios that could be possibilities for Allen.