Re: What is Ainge thinking?
posted at 1/29/2013 12:30 PM EST
In response to Number6Fan's comment:
Lacking a good long term solution for a big man, he was thinking about getting younger with peope who seemed to have the qualities he was looking for and whom he thought the club could bring along -- Green, Sullinger, Terry (short-term), and Lee -- along with continued porogress for Bradley. It's always a crap shoot, and you have to hope that half of your moves pan out, and that eventually a servicable and obtainable big man will become available. He does not act precipitously, is well aware that the club is not rolling in money (such as some unnamed ones down South and out West), and does what to him and Doc seem best at the time. With that in mind he takes chances on cheap veterans who may have something left in the tank (PJ, Starbury, JON, Barbosa), and good middlng players who may not have had a chance to properly shine in the systems they were in (Daniels, Bass). Sometimes he wins. It's a legitimate strategy, but one fraught with uncertainty. There are few transformational trades out there, despite the constant calls for them on this board -- and if those people could sit at Danny's phone for a week, they'd see that.
the only change I would make is putting Barbosa in the Bass category.
I HOPE Ainge/Doc wait at least a few games to see how the rest of the team responds without Rondo, before making any moves.
Bringing Melo up to the big show of course and maybe addidng the best guard available form the D-league to a 10 day contract.
but any MAJOR moves , lets see what shakes out for a couple games at least.
should be able to hold down the guard spots just fine on ant NBA roster.
We still have a hole at Center, but there is probably no chance to fill that now unless we can sign an old player like Martin for the rest of the year for depth only.