Now that the season is over, there are no regular Celtics updates after ever game.
For for those of you who look at every single NBA off-season move and ask yourselves: "What does this mean in Celtic terms," this thread is for you!
The Celtics pulled off one of their best drafts in recent memory, landing Jared Sullinger and Melo. Sullinger is a highly-skilled forward whose only liability is a nagging back problem - but one that the Celtics have dismissed as a "low worry" factor. Melo is a shotblocking phenom that will add size to a small Celtics lineup, and can only strengthen their defense.
More importantly, the Celtics signed KG to a three-year deal, so THREE of the BIG FOUR: Pierce, KG, and Rondo, along with coach Doc Rivers, are all back next year. As is a healthy Avery Bradley, and now we'll see who else.
Meanwhile, Celtics GM is still trying to keep Ray Allen as part of the equation.
Celtics sign Jason Terry to a three-year deal, while the Heat and the Clippers court Ray Allen - who might just wind up in Boston again (though my hunch tells me otherwise).
With Pierce, Rondo, KG, and Avery Bradley on board, and Terry in place, everyone else is expendable. Bradley would be, too, if involved in a big deal for a top-notch big man who can do it all.
And speaking of big, when oh when will people STOP referring to ANY trio on ANY team as that team's "Big Three?" The current ORIGINAL Big Three are Pierce, Allen, and KG, a spinoff of the ORIGINAL Big Three: Bird, McHale, and Parish.
It's bad enough other teams are allowed to play on a parquet floor. Is nothing sacred anymore? What next, the shamrock?
Last Edit: 11 months, 2 weeks ago by Celtic Pride.
Celts signed a deal with Brandon Bass today. Not sure if that is helpful. Bass is a great guy to get you through games when your main guys are hurt. When Pierce, KG, and Allen are hobbling, it's great to have Bass hit that jumpshot.
But that's not going to win championships.
Doc will have his hands full trying to fit everyone in and in creating the right chemistry through trial and error of various lineups.
Ray Ray is gone - off to Miami. Not that they really need him, and not as if the Celtics are done without him. Truthfully (no pun intended) of the Big Three, he was the most expendable.
Still, it's sad to see him go. He was part of that special unit that won it all in 2008, and it would have been nice to see him win another one.
But the writing was on the wall: Avery Bradley is developing quite nicely as a complement to Rondo in the backcourt. And though the JET is no Ray Allen, he and his legs are three years younger.
The Celtics should not be done dealing, and if Danny Ainge is true to his rep, they're not. Rondo, Pierce and KG are the nucleus, and Terry and Bass are the first layer on top of that. But they need more - with Ray gone, they need a better caliber player to join that inner circle. It's not JET, it's not Bass, and it's not any of the other Celtic B-team players.
They need another deal, if they're going to win a championship. And for the Celtics, is there really anything else to aim for?
Celts get Courtney Lee and Sign Jason Terry, and gave up very little in return.
Aren't Lee/Terry combined better than Ray Allen would've been in 2012-13?
Granted, the Lakers are becoming a contender again, and the Heat are definitely better with Allen. OKC will only get better, as will some other teams around the league, which makes the Celtics' chances of winning one more with Pierce and KG bordering on a longshot. Bordering, still not that long of a shot. Bordering.