Build up assets, build up assets, and build up some assets. The general manager of the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge, has plenty of ammo in his gun and some are pretty upset that he didn’t pull the trigger at yesterday’s NBA trade deadline but Danny made the right call.
According to Mike Ortiz Jr. of DYST, the Pacers were asking for 3 of the 4 players, (Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder) and the 2017 Nets pick ,that will fall in the top 4 of this years NBA Draft, for superstar Paul George. The C’s do want/need another stud in their lineup to compete with the Cavs but to trade all of that for a player who may be gone in 2 years? Good decision. That trade would have hampered any hopes the Celtics had for this season by giving up players who are contributing at this current point in time.
Ainge didn’t blow it at the deadline but he has a chance to screw up this “rebuild”. The Celtics are obviously out of the rebuild period and it happened faster than anyone expected but the rebuild was focused on stock piling assets ,such as picks and young players, to trade for a star. With the emergence of Isaiah Thomas and the signing of Al Horford, the Celtics have two stars but in this age of the NBA that doesn’t cut it.The Celtics do need one more guy and holding onto the Nets pick this year would be a bad move.
The top two players in this years draft, Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, are both guards which Boston already has a million of. Adding another guard to the equation wouldn’t help the team unless Ainge and co. believe that Fultz or Ball is the next Magic Johnson. But drafting him just to get limited minutes like Jaylen Brown this season doesn’t help the player get any better.
The Celtics are in win now mode and that pick should be gone before they are on the clock at the draft. Picks always get more and more value as the draft approaches so getting a star may take less of that ammo I was talking about but if Ainge doesn’t shoot, he may just close the championship window on the Celtics.