Re: Celtics Trade Assets Diminished
posted at 5/25/2013 4:13 PM EDT
In response to Celtsfan4life's comment:
The doom and gloom here is a little over the top. I see the same issues, but I also see the upsides of this team.
First, its VERY difficult to get any stars in trade these days. There are 5 or 6 players who can win a championship for you and most teams will NOT give up those players. So, Lebron, Durant, Carmelo, Duncan, Parker, Mark Gasol, and others are NOT going to be traded no matter how many silly trade posts are started here.
Howard and CP3 are the only difference makers left and neither was coming to Boston on their own or for anything we had post season. Not sure I'd want Howard, anyway.
Then there's the next tier (players like Josh Smith who can't win where he is and is a poor shooting, bad judgement once a game highlight). No player in that second tier (including Pau Gasol) is worth more than our current players. Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo are as good as any second tier players and our future players are of value, as well.
Then there's the draft - when was the last time a top 5 pick was given to a team for a trade? And - what player in the last few drafts made his team a championship quality team?
We have the following young players to build on:
Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger
Backups: Avery Bradley, Terrance Williams, Fab Melo, Jordan Crawford, Brandon Bass
Aging Vets: Pierce, Garnett, and maybe Terry
If we get rid of Terry, Bass, and Courtney Lee and find one good player plus get a decent draft choice, that's not a bad team. Pierce and KG will be gone in another year and we'll have another draft choice or two on the team. With those assets, we have a good young team with the ability to package two or three of them to get a star like we did KG. In addition, we'd have cap room at that point which allows us to get another free agent. That's our best chance at a championship quality team. Takes two more years but with patience, we have some options.
All is not lost. There are some options Danny can pursue.
Agreed. Well stated. No Howard ever here in Boston please. No doom and gloom either I think. Just missed opportunities when the big 3 should have one at least won more championship and maybe a 3rd. That would have been great. I think winning the one was awesome, but they came up short for sure on at least 1 if not 2 more. No matter, it is what it is. This team is old with some strong young talent. If the old remains, and Doc remains, they just can't keep starting or playing all those minutes. I also agree that Terry, Bass and Lee court net you something in return. Of course you never not listen to other intriguing offers either. I do believe though the Cs must get younger and bigger.