Re: What I would do - trade the picks, build around Rondo
posted at 10/19/2013 12:06 AM EDT
In response to Fierce34's comment:
In response to R9R's comment:
I think you underestimate:
1. How highly Danny regards Rondo
2. How much the entire organization wants to compete every year
3. The assets and determintation ownership has to make us good again soon
Letting Rondo go would initiate a total rebuild which means:
1. Many years of losing
2. No guarentees that you'll win again
1. Ainge tried to trade Rondo numerous times.
Remember, when Ainge offered Rondo, Green, 2 1st round picks for CP3 in 2011?
How about when Ainge offered Rondo to the Kings for the #4 pick in the 2009 Draft?
2. If that were true then Ainge would not have traded KG and Pierce because keeping KG and PP would have meant the Celts would still be a playoff team this season.
Ainge blew it up this summer.
3. What assets?
Determination alone won't get you in the Finals.
Letting Rondo go?
1. Just because the Celts won a championship in 2008 it doesn't mean they can do it again in 2016.
If it's that easy to win a championship in the NBA, the Sixers, Knicks, and Bulls would've been in the Finals already in this decade.
2. There are no guarantees in the NBA.
The Celts are not even a prime destination for big name free-agents.
It shouldn't even have to be said that a championship is not guarenteed. All you can do is try to builld a contender. A team that could achieve a top playoff spot. Common now. Knicks (if they weren't so selfish) and Bulls (if they weren't so hurt) and Sixers (if they weren't so greedy) could have been in the finals last year.