The Celtics could have had a second championship but Danny Ainge decided to trade Perk to OKC and that was the end of it. The run was over. They’ve been looking for a big guy ever since.
As the NBA trade deadline looms, you have to think Danny knows barring a major injury in Miami, no one else is winning the East. His team is old and they need to make some moves. Personally I think those moves should involve Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
They’re old and won’t win a championship. So make some moves on the fly to get younger so when Miami is old, you can capitalize.
Head over to http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine/ and you can make your own deals and see what works. Remember just because it does, doesn’t mean the other team will answer the phone in real life.
I hope Danny is smart enough to blow it up now. Again, we’ll have to wait and see.
Doc Rivers called out the team after losing their third straight on Sunday night. Our friends over at Barstool Sports said lock in your bets on the Celtics at 4.5 against the Cavs last night. It was like stealing money.
Till the played the game and the C’s lost their fourth straight. Cleveland had a whopping 10 wins on the season while the C’s have slipped to .500. You figured after being called out by Doc they’d blow them out. But as the saying goes, that’s why they play the games.
I watched the fourth quarter and watched them give it to Cleveland. Watched the Celtics whine about not getting calls as they missed shot after shot.
I’ve been saying for years to blow it up, now do it. Doc said to make changes, lets go. Danny start burning up the phones and move some bodies. Keep Bradley and Sullinger. Feel out the rest of the roster. Start with a couple minor moves and now that you can move just about everyone find the best deal and make moves.
This isn’t a championship team, period. They mediocre on a good night. The talent in the East is too much for them and their upcoming schedule is going to prove how tough.
Blow it up Danny, enough is enough.
The Celtics made a pair of minor moves over the weekend. They waived their second round pick from last spring Kris Joseph along with Jarvis Varnado who they just picked up for some big depth. But that’s not the story.
The story apparently is the man pictured above, DeMarcus Cousins.
Rumors persist that the C’s were making room on the roster in order to acquire Cousins. In exchange they’d send Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, draft picks galore and everyone not named Rondo, Pierce, Garnett, and Bradley back to Sacramento.
Would I make the deal? Sure. Cousins may be batshit crazy, but the Celtics need for a big man after Perkins needs to be addressed. He’s young and having a guy like Garnett and a coach like Doc, they could reign in the crazy. Maybe, but at this point that’s a chance Danny and the C’s need to make.
Rumors persist that it’s not happening and you’d have to wonder why Sacramento would want a package of garbage back for a promising young big man even if he’s batshit crazy.
I hope Danny has a trick left in his bag because they need to improve in the middle. If somehow you can get out of that AWFUL Jeff Green contract in the process, even better. But for now its a wait and see.
This is from a column two years ago; my plea is the same today.
Let me speak for everyone. Blow it up. I don’t care if you think you’re a contender. As constructed, you’re not. The team is a wonderful 9-12 since Christmas and have failed to close game after game. The team is old and limps to the finish way too much. Blow it up and get some pieces, specifically younger pieces that will have energy at the end of games.
Look if the team was blowing out everyone like they were two years ago, I would say, stand pat and add another banner to the rafters. Thing is, this isn’t the NHL. Just making the playoffs won’t cut it. The team is constructed to win and isn’t winning. That’s when you need to make a change. A big change. A big splash.
Think Nomar leaving the Sox in 2004. Did you like it? I don’t know if you did, but it bothered me. Then Cabrera showed up and the town fell in love with him. He was a much better fielder and didn’t sulk in the dugout. Then there was that whole World Series victory.
Danny has the opportunity to make a similar splash with the Celtics. Sure he make take criticisms initially for trading an icon like Ray Allen, but the bottom line is something needs to happen and the other people in the front office have to keep him aware of that fact.
Substitute Ray Allen in that column for Pierce, Garnett, and Rondo. Blow this team up already. It’s been way too long in the making. The Jeff Green contract, like I said yesterday, is a joke you’re stuck with. Danny should quit trying to rebuild on the fly and blow it up. Tank for the lottery and pray it can work.
Enough is enough. I said it two years ago, I’m still preaching it.
Taking a break from the Sox and Pats today to focus on the only Garden team playing this year (so far), the Celtics. I know I’ve neglected them, but really there hasn’t been much to talk about. They’re floating in mediocrity just a game over .500 and the talk yesterday was all about breaking up the band.
The best and biggest pipe dream trade I heard was Avery Bradley, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green to Utah for Al Jefferson. As it was pointed out, the trade couldn’t happen till probably January and you’d be trading those guys for half year rental in Jefferson. Plus if you’re Utah, why on Earth do you make that deal?
Even with Ray Allen gone, the C’s are old. Garnett and Pierce are old. At this point in their careers they should be bench players on championship teams, not guys you’re trying to get 40 minutes out of a night.
Jeff Green is terrible. Sorry you had a heart thing last year but the C’s way overpaid at $10 million per for four years. The way he’s played so far you just hope you’ll be able to dump the contract in a package with Bradley. Bradley and Bass are attractive pieces for a club looking to makea deal, Danny would need to be shrewd to get the team to take Green’s deal.
The bottom line is, they’re not going to win this year. Sure they’ll get in the playoffs, most teams do. But as constructed they aren’t a contender (no idea why Vegas wouldn’t take money on the C’s when I was out there). Danny needs to pull a Garnett type deal out of his ass to try and offset the awful Perkins deal. Then maybe, and still only a maybe, the team will make a run.
So yes, Danny, please break up the band.