Celtics end the season with 24 wins, earning the 5th worst record in the league. On lottery day, the Celtics get some Irish luck and land the 3rd overall pick. Can't get Wiggins, but are able to get Smart or Parker. Internal assessments on the player is good, but DA makes the decision that the player's value in a trade is higher than their assessment. With Rondo and Green entering a solid 5 year window of their prime, its either keep the superstar and grow or do another blockbuster and set yourself up for multiple contending seasons starting in 2014
Trade 1: Sullinger plays his tail off over the season and his value becomes exceptionally high. Celtics are able to package him with future first round picks and Courtney Lee in a deal for the last year of LaMarcus Aldrige's contract and a Mo Williams rental
Trade 2: The Hawks dip into mediocrity this season and its clear that they are more than a few pieces away from a >.500 record. DA trades our top pick and Humphries expiring deal for Horford
Roster for 2014
PG: Rondo (28), Mo Williams (31), Pressey
SG: Bradley (23), Brooks (25)
F: Green (27), Wallace (32)
PF: Horford (28), Olynyk, Bass (29)
C: Aldrige (29), Iverson, Fav
Analysis: Aldrige and Horford and Green would make a formidable front-court. AH & LA together would clean the boards and can work very well in both a half court Rondo led offense and are young enough to run & gun. I think Doc was asking too much of Green to get 6+ rebounds a night. Jeff will benefit from focusing on his 1:1 defense and transition offense. If they can keep up their production, AH & LA together can get you a good 30-40 points per game, taking some of the offensive pressure off of Avery. I bet Brooks can turn into a very solid bench scorer along with Wallace and KO. Add Mo Williams to back up Rondo and we suddenly have some guys off the bench who can shoot the 3. Again, this is all predicated on a lot of assumptions. Perhaps I have this backwards and we use that top3 pick for Alrdige and use Sully and future picks for Horford, either way, I think both players are undervalued just enough for DA to get a deal done with the assets we have and retain Rondo, Avery and Jeff. I think this new big5 can contend for years.
Salaries: Rondo (12), Horford (12), Alrdige (15) Green (9), Bradley (6), Wallace (10), Brooks (2), Bass (6). Hopefully we can rid ourselves of Wallace's money in 2015 and split that 10M between Green & Rondo.