Re: Build Through The Draft
posted at 5/8/2013 10:24 AM EDT
In response to Fierce34's comment:
That's the only way.
Big name free-agents are not coming to Boston. Even CP3 declined to come to Boston last season.
Boston is not a city that's attractive to superstar players.
So the only way is through the draft. Just like what OKC did.
The Celts can start in this year's draft by moving up, getting into the lottery. Getting a guy Shabazz would certainly be good start for the rebuilding process.
For the Celtics to realistically rebuild through the draft, the team will probably have to tank for several seasons to assure itself of high draft picks. I don't think the present ownership wants to go that route.
Danny Ainge needs to take a closer and more serious look at international players. Europe, in particular, has proven to be good source of bigs and guards with sound basketball fundamentals. Many good players from Brazil, Argentina and Australia have emerged as well. As basketball continues to gain popularity worldwide, even more talent will emerge. DA can do much better than recruiting from the Chinese basketball league. The Spurs have continued to be relevant in the latter stages of the Duncan era because of smart recruiting.
Celtics cannot realistically hope to trade for talent unless they are willing to sacrifice players in return. We can't expect other teams to simply accept our "rejects"in trades. Celtics have to be willing to give up someone of value to get value in return. For example, Avery Bradley, as great as he is on defense, has been inconsistent on offense the entire season. He has also shown that he cannot play the PG position well. When playing alongside Rondo, the Celtics have probably the shortest starting guard combination in the league. In this case, DA should seriously consider using Bradley's value as a defender to trade for someone that fills a more acute need of the team.
I think that the new salary cap limits options of free agents. Marquee free agents may not have Boston as a primary destination on their radars, but if the money is available to them in Boston, it is unlikely that a professional athlete will turn down a lucrative contract simply because of the weather.