Boston is only one year into a rebuild after shipping out Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. When the Celtics traded for Ray Allen and KG in the summer of 2007, they did so by moving players who had been drafted over a THREE-YEAR PERIOD. One year is just not enough time.
In the Ray Allen deal, the Celtics sent Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to Seattle. Green was drafted in 2007, West in 2004.
In the KG deal, Boston sent Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green to the Minnesota T-Wolves. Jefferson was drafted in 2004, Gomes and Green in 2005.
Five players drafted over a three-year period brought in the stars who delivered a 17th NBA championship.
The current Celtics don't have those chips, not yet. Green -- back with the team after the 2011 Kendrick Perkins deal -- has seen his stock drop substantially. Avery Bradley has a bad contract. Plus, Celtic fans overrate his abilities and his value on the trade market.
In other words, these players are not chips.