I don't even know where to begin.
Thursday was the NBA's trade deadline. As usual, rumors swirled and fanbases across the nation got excited at the thought of improving their teams through trades, and the basketball world rooted for complete and utter chaos.
As fans of the Boston Celtics, we had more reason than any other fanbase in the league to be excited about NBA trade season and more specifically deadline Thursday. Even if you aren't completely plugged in with everything said and done by the team, it was fairly easy to get excited for Thursday due to a number of draft picks and assets the team currently possess.
As a fan who follows every move the team makes, you probably saw all of the rumors linking the Celtics to potential trades. Boston had more rumored interest in trades than anyone in the league, and with general manager Danny Ainge and owner Wyc Grousbeck going on the radio and telling fans that the team would be aggressive at the deadline, fans had a lot to be excited for.
Well, if you were like me and spent your entire day listening to sports talk radio and refreshing your Twitter feed nonstop, you wasted your day and you're probably pretty frustrated. And if you're not, you probably shouldn't identify as a fan of the Boston Celtics.
Heading into the deadline with EIGHT PICKS IN THE UPCOMING DRAFT, the Celtics opted to do absolutely nothing. With several impact players made available for trade discussions, Danny Ainge and the Celtics had the chance to really change the narrative on the team's rebuild.
But Ainge, for whatever reason, did absolutely nothing. The man who's nickname is literally TRADER DANNY, refused to pay the "high prices" to acquire premium talent and improve the roster. We can debate all day about whether certain players would have been good fits with the team, but the bottom line is the team needs talent. Whether it was paying the premium price for Blake Griffin or Kevin Love, or renting Dwight Howard or Al Horford for the remainer of the season, Ainge had options.
With a trade today, the Celtics could have acquired the first piece to a championship team. In the NBA, you must have, at the very least, two star players. Any of the guys mentioned above is considered one of those star players. Acquiring one of them would have given the team a very talented player, which makes it much easier to land the second star player in free agency. The Celtics have never in their history signed a premium talent on the free agent market, so bringing in that star was bigger than just this season, it impacted the offseason.
But rather than put his team in a great position to contend for a championship next season, "Trader Danny" opted to keep his prized Brooklyn Nets first-round pick and the (at the very best) 13% chance at the number one pick. Rather than deal for a proven NBA star, Ainge opted to keep a 13% chance at the top pick, which also entails about a 50% chance that the pick will not even be top three.
By waiting to deal the pick, Ainge also managed to worsen its value. The Phoenix Suns, who currently have the fourth-worst record in the league, traded one of their best players in Markief Morris. With the Suns only being one loss from surpassing the Nets for the third worst record in the league, and the fact that they no longer have Morris, the Brooklyn pick probably won't even have top three odds at the number one pick.
The worse part is, Ainge and the front office have led us on time and time again. For several years now, Ainge consistently promises to "make a splash" or to create "fireworks" when it comes to trades. He constantly leads the fanbase to believe that he's actually going to do something, and somehow the prices are always "too high." And until the fans push back, he's going to keep doing just that.
I'm trying not to rant, so I'll wrap this up. "Trader Danny" had a perfect opportunity to take a step towards contention, and he passed it up because the prices were too high. For some reason, he doesn't seem to realize that you have to give something good to get something good, and as a result, our roster is still decent at best. I, for one, vote to remove Danny Ainge's nickname.
You can't wait forever to cash in your assets, eventually they become irrelevant.
Thanks for nothing, Danny.
By Jacob Young