Friday, July 18, 2014
Waiting for the Love trade, that won't include Boston
As Crowded House once said "Don't dream it's over", but I think it is over for Boston in the Love sweepstakes. It was a nice "dream" for the past month or so. But now back to reality. Maybe it was a way to sale more tickets? Maybe it was a genuine attempt by Ainge and Wyc to put the Celtics in contention again. The fireworks backfired, and Ainge is missing a finger or two.
I wanted Love, and I've made that clear for the past month. Love is a top 3 power forward, and that was the best thing possible for Boston going forward. With a Love to Cleveland deal around the corner. What's plan B. I've asked this already, and I wonder what can Boston do. I think most believe Rondo is a sitting duck, and Ainge is a phone call away from trading the last player from the 2008 championship team.
So what can Boston do? Well Josh Smith? No, I'm not serious. I might have been okay with that two years ago, but last season was a major turnoff for me. Smith did average a solid 16.4 points per game, but on a pretty bad team. That's very Jeff Greenish. I guess the question to ask is this. Who would you rather have Green or Smith? I prefer the cheaper Green. How about the headcase that is DeMarcus Cousins? He's very high on Rondo, and maybe the Celtics can turn that guy around, or he will be Ricky Davis all over again.
At this point the Celtics could have mid-season fireworks, if they're buyers. At this point the C's will have to wait for next summer, but the free agency class doesn't scream out to me. LaMarcus Aldridge does, but he's made it clear that he wants to stay with Portland.
The Top Free Agents next summer, besides Rondo.
Nothing great, so the Celtics and Rondo are stuck. If Boston keeps Rondo throughout the season, what will Rondo do if Ainge is unable to get veteran help. Rondo could easily jump ship. I don't feel very confident in Ainge when it comes to striking a big deal. I know he can build this team again, but not in Rondo's prime, which is sad for me, and for many fans out there.