I woke up this morning with one of the worst stomach aches I have ever had. As I tried to figure out if it was from the pastrami I ate after midnight or from the pop tarts I ate yesterday morning that were 6 months past due I realized what was causing my extreme discomfort. It was Danny Ainge and the horrible moves he had made yesterday for my beloved Celtics.
I don’t care that he moved Jason Terry or even that Kevin Garnett got shown the door but how in the world do you trade an icon like Paul Pierce. Pierce should have been a Celtics lifer. He has spent 15 remarkable seasons in Boston and will leave as their all-time leading scorer. What’s worse is the Ainge traded him in division. It’s one thing to move one of the greatest players your franchise has ever seen, but it’s a whole lot worse when you have to play them 4 times a year. What is worst of all is what the Celtics got in return. It can best be described as a few late first round picks and a hot bunch of overpaid garbage. The Celtics did luck out when Marshon Brooks was added to the deal but everyone else is not a fit. Are you really going to spent over 22 million dollars for Humphries and Wallace to sit on the bench next season? You clearly can’t give them minutes if you are rebuilding, especially when you’ve used your last three first round picks on big men. If you really want to see if Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kelly Olynyk can be players then they need to be on the floor.
The worst part about the whole trade is that even without Pierce, Garnett and Terry the Celtics still might be a playoff team. Now I know you are all thinking that they have no shot, but look at the facts. The back end of the Eastern Conference is absolutely horrible. The Bucks made the playoffs last year with 38 wins. With Rondo at the point, Avery Bradley at the 2 and Jeff Green at the 3 you still have enough talent to make that happen. They won’t be great by any stretch of the imagination but they could still fight for the 8 seed. I’m sure you’re asking, “Why is that the worst thing”? That’s easy, for the Celtics to take advantage of the draft they have to have high picks. The picks that they acquired from the Clippers and Nets for next year will not be. There aren’t too many impact players that fall to the end of the first round. So the only high picks Boston will have are if they suck, or if they tank games by benching starters and playing d league level talent. Next year’s draft will be great but you still need a top 5 or 10 pick to take advantage of that.
I would like to give Danny Ainge a piece of advice to close. Just because you moved a few Hall of Famers and Celtics legends doesn’t mean you need to get rid of the talent you have left. Jeff Green is just coming into his own and is still young. He showed he could be the go to guy during their short playoff run last year. As for Rajon Rondo, he needs to be the building block of your franchise. Rondo is a top 5 point guard when healthy and needs to stay in Celtic green his entire career. Great lead guards are hard to find so don’t get rid of the one you already have.