Re: what could happen if Ainge decides to
posted at 5/16/2013 3:33 PM EDT
A couple of things to ponder... DA may well be looking at a two or three year approach rather than trying to fix things with some silver-bullet trade/move.
-- If he keeps the band together, he gets full cap relief from PP a year from now and KG is then an expiring contract along with Bass and Terry providing significantly more felxibility.
-- The FA pool is also much more attractive a year from now than this year. For those that say Boston can't attract a top-tier FA, when was the last time we had that type of money? And the goal then might not be top-tier but a mid-tier component piece FA.
-- For those that want to "blow it up" right now... how much value do you place on a winning atmosphere...? Be careful what you ask for as it isn't hard to become a virtual laughing stock like the Bobcats or Wizards have been for years with lots of young athletes and "talent" but no leadership/culture.
-- I think DA's roadmap might well mirror the Pacers (only one player - Paul George - picked in the top-10 pick in their starting five and possibly on the entire roster). In this case, I believe he may view it as very important to maintain the culture/approach of PP and KG as an aspect of the continued developemnt/maturation or RR, AB, Sully, Green, Melo as DA attempts to mold the next champioshjip-caliber team over the next couple of years without delving into the lottery and mediocrity for multiple years... It is all a matter of where he views the ceiling of that group along with options to complement them with a move possibly 2 years from now. If you ditch PP's salray and say go for Big Al or OJ Mayo - then that felxibility is basically gone and you have rolled the dice this year...No tsure that is the way to go.
-- Regarding the #16 pick: I don't know enough of Saric, Schroeder, Gobert or a range of others that didn't play college ball to pick a player - I suspect that DA will simply go with the best player available that is not a SF. Given his track record inb the draft I will trust DA's assessment.
-- Regarding not making the playoffs (antiqueman), who is real likely to pass us...? Bucks finished 3.5 games behind and will be worse next year while even standing still I think we will be better as we will be healthy. Philly and Toronto were 7.5 behind us and both organizations are in flux. Detroit/Wash were 12.5 behind and while they have good youth, i don't consider them playoff teams... In the East with a healthy Rondo & Sully and improving AB and JG - we may not be championship caliber next year, but we are definitely playoff caliber with KG and PP.
-- Once one starts at... we are not going to be a champioship contender (outside of a cinderella-type run) next year or possible the year after, then it changes how one might look at next year... I do not believe one has to blow it up, unless you somehow get a near-superstar in return. There is a logic in staying the course next year... it might not be exciting, but that doens't mean it isn't correct.