Allen (age 36) would not bring much back as much as Pierce at this point in his long career, but maybe the two paired together could bring about a couple of other young studs as part of a blockbuster trade. Think that isn't likely? Remember, this is Danny Ainge we're talking about. After the Perkins trade (and his bad trade of Antoine Walker to Dallas several years before that), I wouldn't put it past him to make any type of move, big or small (except that he will keep Rondo around, of course).
Whatever move the Celtics make, it won't make them title contenders and likely won't help improve their playoff chances much this season. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated told Boston sports radio giant WEEI in December that they were no better than a 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. With the team currently hanging on to the 7th seed, Mannix (who is a fellow Bostonian I came to know for a short time when we were young kids), has pretty much been right to this point of the season.
If the C's do blow up the Big Four come Thursday as I expect, you may have some fans even questioning if they will be a playoff team. But with the bottom feeders as weak as they are, I won't be one of those guys. But I will be rooting for at least one or two fresh, healthy, and young but seasoned veterans to watch for the rest of this shaky season and the foreseeable future.