Only one team can win the championship each year. It's preposterous to expect Ainge to be able to build a championship contender every season. I trust that he surveyed the trade landscape and decided that he couldn't get enough for Garnett, Pierce, and Rondo to merit moving them at this time. That doesn't mean he won't revisit trading them in the off-season. I'm confident he'll always do his best to improve the team. As fans, we need to be more patient, more realistic, and more understanding of the realities of managing a team.
We're not the other GMs on the phone with Ainge. We don't know whether Jordan and Bledsoe for Garnett was a real possibility, whether Garnett vetoed the move, or whether the Clippers insisted on some other inclusion. Often times it's the trades we don't initially hear about that actually come the closest to happening (think Ray Allen and the Grizzlies last year, or recent revelations about Kobe Bryant almost being dealt to the Pistons back in 2007). Most rumors are just idle speculations on the part of reporters looking for something to write about in their articles and discuss on their radio shows.
The Celtics have been one of the better teams under Ainge's tenure: a championship, two trips to the NBA Finals, and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance. If not for inopportune injuries to Kevin Garnett in 2009, Kendrick Perkins in 2010, and Jeff Green and Avery Bradley in 2012, the Celtics would be looking at three NBA championships in the last 5 years instead of just one. Bad luck, not inept management, held back this group. We should be more appreciative for what Ainge has done, especially after all those miserable post-Bird years.
As bleak as it may look right now for the Celtics' title chances this year, I still hold out a modicum of hope. I think there's a very slight chance they could pull off some upsets. Jeff Green is developing into a legitimate star. Garnett and Pierce both turn their games up a couple notches in the playoffs. Jason Terry is battle-tested. Avery Bradley looks healthy and remains every bit the defensive pest pre-injury. Jordan Crawford might be the scorer off the bench this team sorely needed. Within the next couple weeks we might see a few decent centers bought out of their contracts (Chris Kaman? Jermaine O'Neal? Reggie Evans?)
Let's just root for our team and enjoy the ride instead of complaining like entitled Yankees aficionados. Celtics and Lakers fans deserve to complain the least. It could be much worse.