Re: Strategic Considerations
posted at 1/18/2013 11:19 AM EST
In response to Eldunker's comment:
We all know that the Celtics will need a quality starting center in order to compete with elite teams. Garnett is old. We don't have a legit center on the roster. Melo is an unknown, but anything worse than Perkins is unacceptable and Melo isn't even close to Perkins.
I see the following possibilities:
1. Danny just sits still, writes this year off, and begins serious rebuilding by targeting our BIG in FA or in trade after this season.
2. Danny gets an acceptable multi-player deal in place by the Feb deadline for a high quality center like Cousins or Gortat and gives up quality Celtics players, which may include one or more of the following: Pierce, Rondo, Green, Bradley, Sully.
3. Danny may just want to put a short term bandaid in the middle, with someone like Denver back-up Mosgov, to compete at an acceptable level and not anger the fans (and best case make the East finals) thinking that either Melo or Mosgov can be trade bait next year in a serious rebuilding effort.
Since we didn't do a deal by Jan 15, I'm thinking that track 3. is most likely and given Barbosa's trade request, I wouldn't be surprised to see a straight-up Barbosa for Mosgov trade (or addl junk to make the financial transaction work) in the near term.
As a side note: I also think Danny needs to look closely at Doc. He drove Barbosa out. and I strongly suspect Doc is the reason that Milicic left, who must have been Danny's temporary solution in the middle. and Ray signing for less money with Miami also says something about the coach. But most of all, Doc does not do well with young players. He is a veteran's coach and not the best fit in a rebuilding effort IMO.
Well thought out post! I agree with most of it. Hopefully, Danny is not trying to put patches on anything. I hope his goal is to produce the best situation for this team not only this year, but for years to come. If there is an opportunity to bet this team for the long term you have to do it. The status quo or patches will likely just end up resulting in a loss to the heat whenever they meet (as is c's should be able to beat everyone else in the EC). You cannot beat the heat playing small ball. The team needs av center and ideally another scorer. To me, you acquire this talent by any means necessary even if you sacrifice chemistry and the ability to win it all this year. Make a big splash move and you can be set for years to come and have a punchers chance this year