Alright, so the NBA trade deadline has come and gone. The Celtics did not make a move, for the second straight year. Now, most Celtics fans are in absolute outrage. I understand that. However, all of those people need to think long and hard about the alternative situations that came with today. In many ways, this was the best move for the organization.
Yes, we all wanted a star. Yes Danny Ainge stockpiled these draft picks. Yes, I agree, the Celtics could've gotten better this year, at this trade deadline. However, being "better" right now may not be the best thing for the C's.
Let's run through a couple of the scenarios...
First, Paul George. There are multiple things that turned the Celtics off from making a deal for the superstar of Paul George. The asking price for George was ridiculously high. Apparently, some teams offered core players as well as multiple first-round picks, the Pacers declined. The Celtics were not willing to give up players and picks that they felt were crucial to the future (Marcus Smart for example). This is smart. No really, it is. Paul George may be a superstar, yes, but in order to get him they would need to give up so much. Superstar or not, that sets them back in many ways. Getting a stud is not worth gutting your entire team. At one point I heard the Pacers were looking for Bradly, Crowder, AND Smart, AND a Brooklyn pick (most likely this upcoming year). Let's face it...that is not worth it. Now, another thing. George has a player option coming up. No one even knows if he would've re-signed in Boston. Image the Celtics give up all of that value and don't even get to keep the guy...
Next, Jimmy Butler. Butler seemed like a gettable guy. Well, he was at first. However, NOT for what they were requiring. Jimmy Butler is a stud obviously, but he is not worth that high of a price. Again, for a similar price for Paul George, the star is not worth the loss. I think George is far more valuable than Butler and i would not even consider sending everything for George, never mind the lesser-tiered Butler.
So with those two, yes I've said it plenty of times, they are stars. And the Celtics need stars, no doubt. However, they make the right decision in not selling house for one star. Nothing against those two, but the price needs to be right.
(humor me for a second)
Picture a really nice TV... You really want this TV... You need this TV....
BUT, you will not pay four times the actual price of the TV in order to get it.
The next aspect of this. All over social media, people were ripping the Celtics for not making a second-tier move. Now let me put this to rest. I will use the Serge Ibake trade for example. People are infuriated that Ainge didn't want to give up Rozier for Ibaka. Well guess what, that makes perfect sense. WHY would you want to get a guy like Serge Ibake (or Taj Gibson, Roy Hibbert, or any other guy like along those lines that got moved)? To improve your rebounding? A statistic? Getting a Serge Ibaka DOES NOT put you in the finals. So if the plan switches gears, there is no need to give up Terry Rozier (a guy that has a bit of potential) for a second-tier big guy that will be over the hill in no time. Yes rim protection and rebounding are both a huge weakness of the team. However that would be winning the battle, not the war.
I will say that I feel like the Celtics missed out on Nerlens Noel. That I can admit. A second-tier guy that can truly grow with the squad AND solve their current issues. Why they did not pursue him, I do not know. Maybe it was because they needed to feel out Indiana and Chicago.
Let's get to the pick. This pick has some serious value. Danny Ainge should not have to settle on a deal for a star when that pick is involved. The next one,that is a bit different. However, it is also along the same wavelength. These picks can still be moved. Don't forget that. Trust the mind of Ainge. And if they have to use the picks, then so be it. Think about some of Ainge's past draft picks...Everyone says he isn't a good drafter. Well, recently I would beg to differ. Specifically speaking about Smart and Brown. Hell, in my mind, even Rozier has shown flashes. So let us also put that point to bed. Ainge finds value, no argument can be made as of recently.
We can't forget where the Celtics were 3-4 years ago. Danny Ainge along with the addition of Brad Stevens have righted this ship, BIG TIME.
So Celtics fans, if you are mad just take a step back. Look at the big picture. The goal is to win a ring. Not be the solidified second seed. Take a look at the landscape of the league, and realize the Celtics are sitting pretty right now. This was a fine trade deadline, and given the options the Celtics are in the best place possible.
So just breathe. Take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out.