The road just got longer…
So the Boston Celtics did not get Kevin Durant. I think everyone knew that was going to be the end result. Although, I admit, there was a small period of time last weekend where I think we all got our hopes up. But realistically it was never going to happen, I’m sorry.
How do I feel about Durant going to the Golden State Warriors? Well, I think it sucks, to be blunt. On the surface, he took “the easy way out.” He went to the best team in the league (sorry, Cleveland) in pursuit of a championship ring. That’s his prerogative, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Durant did something he himself didn’t like several years ago, when LeBron and Chris Bosh went to Miami and joined Dwyane Wade to form a “superteam” that ultimately went to 4 straight Finals, winning 2. KD put a tweet out essentially knocking the move. But he now joins Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on a new superteam. OK, it was only one tweet and times and minds do change. So he probably didn’t need to take as much heat as he did for something he said like 5 years ago. But still…
Not a lot of people thought Golden State would be the place. Because they already did have the 3 studs. How are they going to spread the ball around to FOUR guys? With all that money invested in those 4, how would they even be able to fill the roster with any more talent whatsoever? Why go to the team that just beat you? Etc.
So he went to a true championship contender. Most of the teams on his visitation list were exactly that. Can’t fault a guy for that I suppose. Money is nice, but I myself wouldn’t want to go to a team that was bound to go like 20-62 just because they offered the most money. It is just disheartening that KD chose to go to a team that won the championship 2 years ago and also should have won it again this past year. Barring injury, it’s almost kind of a lock that they at least make the Finals this year again, no?
Sure, I’m biased. Of course I wanted him to come to Boston. To help the C’s turn the corner into a legitimate championship contender. Now, regardless of what the Celtics do the rest of the offseason, doesn’t it still feel like it’s Golden State and Cleveland and then everyone else is kind of pretty far away? That it’s like no one else has a REAL chance? Maybe this is the way the NBA is now. Maybe this is the way the NBA always kind of has been. But it still just doesn’t feel right.
Well, at least Durant did it quickly. And he didn’t make a production out of it like LeBron did back then. It’s disappointing for any Boston fans. And any fans of teams other than Golden State, I suppose. But if KD was pompous about it, then it would’ve made it worse. So I have to give him that much, begrudgingly.
It is what it is and we just have to move on. Again, most of us didn’t think he was coming here anyway, so we shouldn’t dwell on it. But what is next?
The Celtics signed Al Horford to a max contract. There’s a start. But Big Al is like a 2nd or 3rd piece, not a lead dog. And I’ve said it before: If the Horford the C’s get is the version from last year’s playoffs? Yuck. Either way, even though I don’t love the contract, I don’t mind the move. It’s another step in the right direction for the franchise.
There’s a lot more work to be done. Even after renouncing the rights to Jared Sullinger. Ha! That was done kind of quietly, eh? I never loved Sully. But I never hated him either. I did absolutely hate when he teed it up beyond the arc…every time actually. I hated that he couldn’t get his fat arse in any kind of shape every year. But he could rebound. And this team still doesn’t have many guys that can do that. I would’ve taken him back, at least for one more year.
But maybe Danny has something else up his sleeve. He better. Quickly scanning the remaining free agent list, I suppose it goes without saying that there aren’t too many gems left. Sure, there are plenty of good pieces available. But the Celts already have about a thousand of those.
I do have to say, I am glad Danny did not panic and sign some of these other free agents over the first few days. Have you seen these contracts? Horford’s 4 years for 113 mil is crazy, but Mike Conley getting 5/153? Chandler Parsons 4/94? Kent Bazemore 4/70? Jon Leuer 4/42? Timofey Mozgov 4/64? E’Twaun Moore 4/34? E’TWAUN MOORE?! The list is actually endless, so I will stop there. Silly money. Pure stupidity in many cases. I’m glad Ainge only partook in one of those. Notice how I avoided the 4/70 Portland gave Evan Turner. Ugh. Wait, the Nets gave someone named Allen Crabbe an offer sheet for 4/75 and the Blazers matched. Almost 20 mil a year…for Allen Crabbe.
Anyway…so…Danny needs to deal to get his guy. Still has plenty of assets. I imagine there will be some deals on the table still. Maybe the same rumored deals around the draft with Philly are still a possibility. We will have to wait a little longer. And I’m still ok with Ainge being patient, based on the new set of circumstances. What else can we do anyway?
But they can’t possibly go to camp with the current group, can they?
Posted on July 11, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged Al Horford, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Danny Ainge, Draymond Green, Free agency, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, LeBron James, Mike Conley, NBA, Steph Curry. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.