With the Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins done for the season, things are pretty slow during May, and I don't think anyone wants to talk solely about the Red Sox until September.
With the NBA Lottery Selection on May 17th, Celtics rumors have been swirling, as President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, has once again promised some big changes to the current roster. On Wednesday, during an end-of-the-season press conference, Danny Ainge addressed the media and talked about his expectations for the offseason.
"We look forward to every offseason. This offseason is bigger. My expectations are high this offseason. And yet I also know that it takes good fortune. We need the pingpong balls to bounce our way [at the draft lottery on May 17] to give us the best opportunity. Whether we use that pick or whether we trade that pick, and in free agency, we have opportunities. And that’s all we have.
We have no guarantees of great things happening. We just have a lot of hope. And so we have a lot of work ahead of us, and we have to have Plan A through Z. Usually, it’s more A through G, but we have A through Z this year just to have an opportunity to upgrade our team."
Ainge dived even further into the subject, addressing why top free agents should be interested in Boston:
"I think our team is attractive to some. I think Boston and the tradition and the Celtics and their winning ways and our fan base and ownership group and sort of the chemistry that we have as an organization between coach, management and ownership, I think that we’re an attractive place for free agents. But, ultimately, free agents want to come to a place where they can win. Where they get paid. Where they get an opportunity to play their game.
There’s many factors. And some places people want to be closer to the sun, closer to equator, and I think that there’s just a lot of factors. But I do think that we are and we will be attractive to some free agents."
First, I am happy that Danny Ainge sees this offseason as crucial to the future of the Celtics. This offseason could dictate the direction of this franchise for the next 5-10 years, depending on the lottery, trades, and players that could potentially come to Boston via free agency.
However, like many of us have said before, Danny Ainge needs to start making moves. It is nice that he is saying all the right things, but words can only get you so far. Big changes need to happen, or fans are going to start getting upset with these empty promises. With eight picks in the upcoming NBA Draft in June and salary-cap flexibility, Danny Ainge should be looking to start wheeling-and-dealing in the next couple of weeks as the season comes to an end.
Be on the lookout for my next piece on all of the most recent rumors surrounding the Celtics.