Re: It's Not True Ainge Doesn't Want Bigs
posted at 5/25/2013 4:05 PM EDT
In response to Fierce34's comment:
After the Perk trade, which turned out great for the Celts, the Celts drafted JaJuan in 2011.
In 2012, the Celts drafted Sully and Melo.
The reason why the Celts couldn't sign a big was because the Celts didn't have the cap space.
After the lockout, the Celts pursued David West. But West wanted more money and he got it in Indy. So the Celts instead gave Wilcox the MLE last season.
This season, Kris Humphries got 12m, Ilyasova 9m, Hibbert got the max, and Lopez got close to the max. There was no way Ainge could've signed a quality big!
It would've been a different story if KG just signed for the vet's minimum or 2-3m per year.
But as usual, KG still wanted the big bucks.
Right now KG is being paid more than Duncan and Duncan is 1st team All-NBA while KG is not even 3rd team.
"trying" for 2nd tier big men isn't going to win Danny any points in my book. He mis-drafted on multiple occassions and he let too many big men get away. Tell me, for example, that it was smart to sing Bass to his deal but not give David West that extra year he wanted? West vs Bass? Be serious. No comparison.
Your bashing of KG has now getting old. Danny gives the deal so blame Danny for the deals he did, not KG for accepting. He plays his heart out and if there's a player who gives more, show him to me. I wish he were bigger or younger but he's not. So, if Danny can be given "credit" for trying to sign other bigs, he has to get "blame" for KG's deal if its judged not to be a good one.