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Watch that video and tell me you're not getting a "they need to make a trade now" vibe.
That's Comcast Sports Net's look at "The State of the Celtics"… this particular installment focusing on the end of the new Big 3 era and how it compares to the end of the original Big 3 era. Just listen to some of the quotes.
Cedric Maxwell: "Red Auerbach said about trading guys… 'you always trade a guy a year too early, you can never trade them a year too late.' "
Sean Grande: "Every team in the NBA is susceptable to that happening if their cap space isn't managed right, if their veterans aren't managed right. But the Celtics have a guy running their organization, Danny Ainge, who lived through that in the 80's. And as everyone saw at the trade deadline when he made the move for Jeff Green, he is bound and determined not to let that happen again."
Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that he would have tried to move one of the Big 3 in the late 80's. Last year, he was open to trading Ray Allen. Depending on what the new rules bring, don't be shocked if the rumors start to swirl again. If, let's say, a west coast contender needs a shooter and has some decent young players to part with… Danny might pull the trigger.
The bottom line here… and this is the vibe I get from all the C's experts in the video… is that Danny is not going to be the guy to send this team down another 20 year tailspin. He wants Banner 18 under his watch… and he's willing to take whatever heat from C's fans he needs to if an unpopular deal that makes basketball sense comes across his desk.
For Danny, it's a calculated risk. If the deal does work out basketball-wise… the fans will forgive you.
By the way, you can find more of "The State of the Celtics on CSNNE's video page.
The rest of the links
CSNNE: Celtics draft primer: International players | Report: Bruce Pearl interested in Red Claws | Should Pierce come off the bench | ESPN: The Five: C's top moments of the year | Report card: Jeff Geen | WEEI: Red Claws target Bruce Pearl for head coaching job | Kevin McHale talks to SLAM | My San Antonio: Doc wants to rebuild Celtics with Spurs as the template