If you have followed Biased Boston Sports over the past couple of years, then you know that I have been extremely critical of Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. I was ecstatic when the Celtics were able to trade their aging superstars for multiple first round picks, and I ultimately hoped Ainge would flip those picks for proven superstars, like he did in 2007.
As I sit here 10 years later, I have come to the conclusion that there is not going to be another Kevin Garnett-to-Boston trade coming down the pipeline. And honestly, that is okay with me.
I have been hung up on every single superstar the Celtics have had connections with, whether that be Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or DeMarcus Cousins. However, as I sat watching the Celtics beat the Pistons last night in The Palace on a beautiful potential four-point play by Jaylen Brown, I came to a sobering conclusion: the Celtics are never going to beat Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics could have gotten a Jimmy Butler- or Paul George- type of player at the Trade Deadline this past week, but they would be mortgaging their future to again lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Unless the Celtics are getting Cousins, George and stealing Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors if, for some reason, he opts out of his deal this offseason, then the Celtics are not going to beat King James. It sucks, but it is reality.
Because of this, I now believe Danny Ainge is making the smart move of waiting things out. Keep the Brooklyn picks, develop your young players, like Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, and wait for James to eventually meet with the only player to ever be undefeated, Father Time. In my opinion, the Celtics were all-in for Kevin Durant this past offseason, and would probably have not signed Al Horford to a max contract if KD were not a free agent. But they now have Horford, who, while the numbers don't show it, made a significant impact on both sides of the ball and have put the Celtics, with the help of Isaiah Thomas, in a position to make a run in the playoffs.
If I am Ainge, I do everything I can to be ready to compete with the elite teams in the NBA in three or four years. Again, if I am Ainge, I am building my team around Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and the next two Brooklyn picks. Lets face it, Celtics fans, Boston is not doing anything in the next couple of years, anyways. Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford are not going to lead you past the Cavs and Golden State Warriors who possess the elite talents of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, need I go on?
Everyone can like this team. No one has to hate them because they aren't going to compete for a championship. Why can't we, and yes, I use we because I consider myself a fan, enjoy this team bust their ass and simply not win a championship?
I hate to admit this, but I have been wrong this entire time and Danny Ainge was right. So Danny, haul all the picks and prospects you want. Try to find the next diamond in the rough or draft the next LeBron James. Have an absurd amount of cap room every offseason.