|Posted by paul on July 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM|
Celtics fans are getting nervous about the Jeff Green contract situation. Propaganda/gatekeeper sites like Celticsblog are playing this anxiety off as pure crazy paranoia. They think we are stupid enough to believe that it's normal for a major signing to be announced and then not finalized for weeks. It's not normal, that I can recall, and it IS worrisome. I think most of us have been won over again by Danny enough to have faith in the faith he seems to have in Green, enough so that we regard him as a key guy for next season. If he slips through our fingers, suddenly our team doesn't look as deep, fast, and powerful.
Celtics Blog claims that the Cs and Green's agent are just ironing out details, a process that is complicated by the new players-owners agreement. Ok. Maybe. I hope so. I guess we'll see.
But given mysterious mists of uncertainty, the mind can't help but 'see' various whisps and chimeras, can it? A fan at Celtics Blog wrote that the Cs might be looking to swing a big trade that would bring us Dwight Howard and Josh Smith.
Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As if! Howard obviously hates Boston, Smith seems to be settling in in Atlanta, and the Celtics don't have enough to trade to bring us one of those guys, much less both of them. Besides, according to what I've read, most of the Celtics' guys who conceivably could be involved in such trade machinations cannot be traded at this time.
Then again, who knows what Danny Ainge can do with fine print, right? And we do have a lot of good players on the roster. If you packaged them with draft picks, who knows? It seems that certain phantoms and mirages continue to play on fans' minds, and perhaps not without some reason.
I suspect that what is going on has to do with Green wanting some kind of anti-trade protection. Green's agent has been yapping about how much more money Green could have made on other teams. He must be, at the very least, be demanding a kicker, in case Green ends up traded to another team. Ainge's vision of the future, on the other hand, almost HAS to be built around the possibility that Green could part of any blockbuster trades possibilities that open up in the future. The possibility that Green could be involved in future trades is the key to Danny having flexibility in the future, now that he has locked the team into a number of contracts. He's probably willing to give Green a kicker, but not as big a kicker as Green's agent wants. If the kicker is too big, Green becomes untradable.
So that's my theory. I think the trade kicker that Green's agent is surely demanding is the sticking point right now. Danny clearly has faith in Green, and sees Green as a key part of the Celtics future. But Green also happens to be the key to Danny having room to operate, in terms of looking at trades, over the next while.