Re: I prefer keeping our picks and going full rebuild.
posted at 5/29/2014 1:41 PM EDT
So going along with your ideas but making my more realistic improvements or personal hopes:
- Draft Gordon at 6
- Draft Payton, LaVine, Stauskas or Young at 17 (they could all be gone however)
- Hump and Bayless leave
- This means the Celtics, after signing the picks and with Avery held at his QO have 57 million committed in salaries with a 65 million cap.
- There is no need to buyout Wallace at this time. Use the stretch provision on his remaining 10m contract only if the team can't trade him by the deadline and needs 2015 cap space. Wallace is a great mentor/locker room leader and should be rested and healthy for the first time in a long time.
- Resign Avery 5 years 32.5m (now only 5 million in cap space)
Where is the team weakest in that it would need a free agent?
C - Faverani, Olynyk, Iverson
PF - Sully, Bass, Olynyk, Gordon
SF - Green, Wallace, Gordon
SG - Avery, Chris Johnson, (Stauskas/Young)
PG - Rondo, Pressey (Payton/LaVine)
Either of those rookie PG's are also big enough to play SG, so weaknesses appear to be:
B. A big SG who can also play some SF (if we don't draft Young)
My next moves:
1. Bass, Bogans non-guaranteed, Faverani and Clippers 2015 pick to the Rockets for Omer Asik. This puts the Celtics just over the cap and gives them the non-taxpayers MLE of around 6 million (so more than the amount of space we previously had under the cap.
2. Sign Pierce, 1 year at the full MLE with a team option for a 2nd year (just in case we can unload Wallace we want cap space for summer of 2015).
3. The TPE remains an option, but only if the team wants to pay the tax, which they won't
C - Asik (30 mins), Olynyk (18m)
PF - Sully (32m), Olynyk (8m), Green (8m)
SF - Pierce (18m), Green (22m) Wallace (8m)
SG - Avery (32m), Pierce (8m), rookie (8m)
PG - Rondo (34m), Pressey (14m)
Gordon starts the year in the D-league
Green is 6th man of the year
That team should displace Atlanta or Charlotte in the playoffs.
Danny has a lot of options and needs to make A LOT happen before the deadline and then the 2015 offseason becomes the one that changes the direction of this franchise not the 2014 one.