Re: Stay the course
posted at 5/13/2013 9:02 AM EDT
In response to Fierce34's comment:
Why did you forget to mention the Lakers diving into the lottery in 2005 and getting Andrew Bynum?
If the Lakers didn't have Andrew Bynum, it would have been Suns vs. Celtics in the 2010 Finals.
Again, when was the last time the Celts signed a big name free-agent?
The most famous big name free-agent the Celts signed was a 35-year old Dominique Wilkins in 1994.
Boston is not as attractive as NY or LA. The Lakers and the Knicks can afford not to build through the draft. But the Celts can't.
The only way to get assets to use as trade bait is if you get lottery picks. Remember, if the Celtics didn't dive into the lottery of 2007, no #5 pick which means no Ray Allen and no KG!
A team doesn't have to sign a "big name" free agent to win a championship. A combination of trades and second tier FAs can do it - 2007-2008 Celtics. They picked up House, Posey, Cassell, and PJ Brown to add to the incoming trades of RA, KG, and Powe (the prior year). It's not just a draft pick or a "big name" free agent that can give a team a solid chance to win. It really takes all three means of acquiring players to build a winning team. Also, who's to say that some "big name" (and the only player of consequence a team may afford) won't go down with a season-ending injury, and the team has put all of its eggs in that
basket? Watching the Knicks look terrible against the Pacers and are being exposed for what they are, just as they really did against the Celtics, the C's had no offense of their own, it's clear that having a
"star" isn't enough. Felton isn't enough, Schumbert isn't a genuine game changer offensively, and JR Smith might as well be Ricky Davis.
I don't think they'd get equal return on Pierce in a trade, and if he leaves so do KG and Doc. Keep them and make something happen one way or three, starting with a center and a backup point. No matter who is traded some will believe the sky is falling, but trading PP would be the worst case scenario because of the extended implications that have been mentioned (cap threshold, etc.). Danny does indeed have a rough time coming up, and I'm hoping he's up to the task, but I'm not altogether confident he can do it.