I posted it up on Facebook last night and have to believe it that they’re handing out testosterone in buckets over at the TD Garden. After all we saw Chiarelli make those deals last week I wondered aloud all this week if Danny would be able to make a move. Then Danny goes and makes some of the ballsiest moves of the day in the whole NBA.
In 2007 the Celtics acquired Ray Allen from the then Supersonics for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the rights to the 2007 #5 pick Jeff Green. The C’s also got the rights to the Sonics’ 35th pick, Big Baby.
Four years later the Celtics still have Big Baby and Ray. They brought back West through free agency this past off-season and on Thursday Danny Ainge went out and got Jeff Green back. The cost? Kendrick Perkins. The C’s also sent Nate Robinson to the
Sonics Thunder and got back seven footer Nenad Krstic.
Now the initial reaction from most of my friends was shock and awe. They were pissed to see Perkins gone and questioned the Celtics want to win a championship this year. To those friends I say this, it’s not about winning the next few games, it’s about winning down the stretch and of course a championship. Losing Kendrick right now while you’re thin in the front court hurts, but if a healthy Shaq and Jermaine (not holding my breath) O’Neal return they look better.
And of course the team still has Semih…or not.
See the Celtics moved Semih and Luke Harangody to Cleveland for a second round draft pick (likely to be the top in the second round). Oh and they traded Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for a conditional draft pick. Really the Cleveland and Sacramento deals were made for one thing; to clear roster spots.
Because Danny’s not done.
See the C’s made two big moves down the stretch in 2008 when they brought in alien head Sam Cassell and PJ Brown. Both those guys were bought our of their contracts and were able to contribute for the C’s down the stretch.
On the radar still:
Samuel Dalembert may be available to help fill the void at center.
Troy Murphy may still be bought out and could help at center or the PF spot. He would also help Danny Ainge make the team even more white.
Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince to a lesser extent could also be bought out.
Anthony Parker, James Posey and Jason Kapono (who?) are all apparently on the buy out radar as well.
The bottom line is Kendrick was offered a contract extension and declined. Meaning he was likely walking at the end of this season. So why not get young wing help that’s averaging 15 a game in Green before Kendrick walks.
So needless to say the dealings aren’t done but I applaud Danny’s boldness and still have complete confidence that the Celtics are going to still go very far in the playoffs. A few buyout guys and that confidence will be pushed to banner 18.