|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
Now that we’re into an offseason where the Celtics would clearly like to make a major splash (though odds are heavily against it), the summer of 2007 is being raised and people are wondering in print and on the Internet whether Danny Ainge has another friend like Kevin McHale, because, hey, everyone knows the latter surrendered Garnett only because he wanted to do his buddy a favor. Ah, welcome to Mythus Majoris of the last Celtics decade.
The fact is McHale had to trade Garnett because the Timberwolves ownership looked at the salary numbers and win totals and concluded it could lose for a lot less money. This was communicated by ownership in a number of ways, including, “Why is he still here?”
In the end, the choice for McHale came down to offers from the Celtics and Lakers, whose bid was headlined by Andrew Bynum, a second-year center who’d averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 2006-07.
The Celtics package was led by Al Jefferson, a third-year post presence who’d averaged 16 points and 11 boards that year. The C’s also offered two first-round picks to the Lakers’ one. Bottom line: McHale was performing his fiduciary duty to the Wolves, rather than taking care of his BFF.
I think it was a plus helping the Celtics. Plus KG had some say in where he ended up. Did Mchale help the Celtics? Yes, but he also helped his team.
The problem for the Celtics this summer is that, while they have in Rondo a better player than Jefferson around whom to build an offer for a Player X, they don’t have Ray Allen and a 30-year-old Paul Pierce to put next to a new guy.
It will, therefore, take a Herculean effort by the club to get back to Mount Olympus any time soon.
Celtic fans want another big blockbuster deal that will save the day. Very hard to see any deal happening. The Celtics may want to stay with a lot of the players on this roster. Teams will be shedding salaries with the new tough salary tax coming in 2014. The Celtics can build a team with Rondo,and maybe another star player. I don't see another big three anytime soon. They need to bring in character guys that can compete. Look at a team like the Grizz. Tough team with no legit super star.