With all the talk about the Celtics getting calls about guys like Paul Pierce, it seems Danny Ainge has gotten the go-ahead to take some of those calls.
But with Paul Pierce dealing with heel issues, Kevin Garnett fading, Ray Allen still effective shooting threes but headed for his 37th birthday and the Celtics 5-8 entering the weekend, the team’s owners gave GM Danny Ainge the official go-ahead to move any member of the troika.
“We’ve got to move on,” said one Celtics official. “Let’s face reality.”
I'm not sure if this means Danny will ACTUALLY start shopping the Big 3… or if he's just got the "you may fire when ready."
But I'm starting to think the waiting period for a turnaround isn't as long as we thought it might be. There's been some talk that Danny Ainge is looking at a 10 game window before fully assessing the team and the need to break off pieces or rebuild.
Part of me thinks this might be an intentional leak so teams can start making legitimate offers so the Celtics can gauge their next move. If they know what they might get, then they'll have a better idea of what course of action to take?
As bad as the Celtics have looked, there's still no rush to make a move. The reality is that the Celtics were a few made jumpers away from winning last night… and even a winning record. It would still be ugly, but the team would just be winning ugly rather than losing ugly.
And it bears repeating that this team is being blown up next year regardless when Ray and KG's contracts expire. If there's ANY chance at this team making a run, then they should just try to ride this early storm out and give it one last shot.
Change the scenario from regular season to playoffs. Give the C's time to practice, face one opponent, and not travel. By then they will have gotten into as good a shape as they'll be in. Maybe… and I admit ths is more hopeful than rational… they will be that dangerous team that catches fire.
Maybe that's too hopeful for the owners and they don't want to go through that, and that's why we're here. I still say it's too early to pull the trigger. Danny might have the green light, but he doesn't have to go anywhere just yet.