Re: The Calm Before the Storm!
posted at 6/23/2014 8:36 PM EDT
In response to scubber's comment:
I agree, we have the best deal available. If the Wolves want to do the deal, then great, we suddenly turn into a win now team just like they facilitated us 7 years ago. Look at it other way, this is even worse than last time, they are giving us a very young first team all-star still years away from his prime for picks we got for old KG that they gave us after we have pretty much used him up. The optics are not good, that is why they won't do it.
If the Celtics fail to acquire Love, they would of course need to move on to Plan B. You've probably seen Rajon Rondo's comments that he would like to acquire Carmelo Anthony, but it's almost impossible to envision the Knicks star (and likely soon-to-be free agent) turning down options like Chicago or Houston to join a rebuilding team in Boston. The Celtics would likely consider all their options, including a more serious exploration of Rondo's trade value. He intends to test free agency next summer and could feel compelled to leave if Ainge still hasn't stocked the roster with more talent.
The Sacramento Kings have reportedly lusted after Rondo in the past, and could presumably be among the teams looking to swoop in if the Celtics enter a full rebuild. Ask Bill Simmons:
But Ainge indicated he has more options than just landing a big star or turning to a longer-term rebuilding.
“We have more than two different scenarios and two different teams,” Ainge told the Herald. “I mean, there’s five different scenarios at least — and by draft day there may be more like seven or eight scenarios. I know what you mean, but what I’m saying is it’s more than that, and it’s always more than that. It’s not that simple or just two scenarios. There’s the rebuild and stay young, there’s (the) try-to-win-now scenario, and there is in between.”