Celtics Trade Deadline Ruminating…
The NBA trading deadline is Thursday at 3:00pm. Will the Boston Celtics make any moves? Your guess is as good as mine.
DeMarcus Cousins was the first major name to move. Sure, Serge Ibaka is useful. Tyreke Evans used to be pretty good I think, but he has been beset by injuries the last two years. Maybe Buddy Hield and Jusuf Nurkic will be good. But as for the big ones, it’s only Cousins thus far. And he got traded for something less than full value. Well, maybe not if Hield turns into Steph Curry as the Sacramento owner apparently thinks he can. He may be the only one who thinks that however. But what do I know?
No doubt a lot of Celtic fans are pissed that Cousins went for what he did (Evans, Hield, Langston Galloway, first round pick, second round pick…along with the Kings adding Omri Casspi as well). The C’s have a lot more assets they could have offered than that, why didn’t they get him? Well, it looks like they didn’t go after him, for one. Why? Couldn’t they use a 6’11”, 270 lb dude to get some boards and score a ton? Who couldn’t? Guess there was too much baggage around him. So I can’t say I entirely blame the organization. But for that price? I may have sucked it up.
Moving on…we all know Danny has to do something…and soon. With the contracts of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart expiring after next season, the window appears to be closing with the current crew. 3 of your best 5 players (with Al Horford and Jae Crowder) due up at the same time is not ideal. The only other player on the current roster worth mentioning as having a role in the future would be Jaylen Brown. The other 9 guys could all leave tomorrow and not a lot of people would care.
So…isn’t there some urgency for Thursday? You can’t sign all three of the guards, can you?
As for trade targets, you all hear the same names: Jimmy Butler and Paul George at the top of the list. Blake Griffin. Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Andrew Bogut to a much lesser degree. Cousins is obviously out now whether they wanted him or not. And the pipe dream that was Anthony Davis is now definitely out as well.
We’ve been waiting for the next shoe to drop with Ainge for quite some time now. He made a good run at Kevin Durant last summer. But I think most of us knew KD wasn’t coming here. And now he is sitting on a pile of assets (still!) and with the contracts above soon to expire, now is the time to make a move.
Despite the monster year that Isaiah is having, I’d still be wary of giving him the max deal. Will he physically hold up at his size for those years? Will he prove anything in the playoffs? Perhaps, but it’s a risk. By all indications, I think the C’s are willing to take that risk. So he stays. Smart has continued to develop. It looks like he stays. Bradley is the guy that is expendable. Despite the injury concerns with him, I would imagine he still holds nice value.
Jae Crowder is a nice player. But I have to think we have seen his ceiling already. Jaylen Brown could soar by that ceiling. But Crowder has to certainly have some value.
The team has 3 guys in Europe from the last 2 drafts. They have a first and 3 second rounders in the next draft, in which the first could be #1 overall. Excess picks in future years too. Plenty of expiring contracts. They should easily be able to match salaries in any deal.
So what is Ainge waiting for?
The scuttlebutt is that Danny tries to “win” every deal. Which I am sure every GM tries to do. But isn’t always possible of course. Sometimes the deal just has to work for both teams almost equally. If Danny needs to win all of the deals, that is kind of a problem.
That being said, the right deal may very well have not presented itself yet. Maybe other teams want Bradley and Crowder…as well as both Net picks, Brown and maybe more. For one guy coming back this way, does that make sense? I’m not sure it does, despite how great the possible superstar is coming back.
We also have to consider the willingness for other teams to even trade said superstar. Butler and George are the most popular names out there. Thus far from what we have heard, neither the Bulls or Pacers, respectively, seem inclined to move their player. Or have seem inclined to this point anyway. We heard Butler rumors last year where Chicago was asking for like 3 of the top 4 Celtic players and all three of their 2016 first round picks…or something like that. Way too much.
This may change by Thursday at 3:00. My feeling is that it won’t.
We all know Danny has to do something soon. Danny knows Danny has to do something soon. But I don’t think he does it by Thursday. I think he keeps the same team that is 17 games over .500 now and only 3 games behind Cleveland in the East. I think he keeps the Brooklyn picks and continues the upward progression. Although I am pretty impatient, I can’t say I blame Ainge if he takes this route. A big move at this point in the season may not mean that all of a sudden they can beat Cleveland in the East and then beat Golden State or one of the powers out West THIS year. What happens if Ainge gives up too much of the current roster and then things are in a little bit of disarray? Can’t rule that out. Also can’t rule out that the other contenders will help themselves as well by the deadline.
I expect Ainge to try to do something. He wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t. But if the price is too high, he will continue to stockpile the assets, see if the Nets pick is #1 overall and then get ready for something else down the road. He may do something minor…like get Bogut or someone similar for a smaller cost…but I think the huge deal finally happens this offseason. It HAS to.
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