|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 5, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Danny Ainge had an eventful summer didn't he? He traded a coach, and a Celtics legend, along with an iconic figure in KG. During this process he shocked many of us with the hiring of college coach Brad Stevens.He even made a splash at the draft when he traded down for the 13th pick. With that pick he brought Olynyk the "Klynyk".
Danny's plan is to restore the Celtics into a championship team once again. That's the goal for any General Manager, but when your running the Celtics. You have fans, and a city expecting one thing, and the pressure seems to drive some for greatness. We know by now what Danny has done. He's got a box full of draft picks, he's got a $10 million trade exception, and two expiring deals next summer that total 17 million. That 17 million can be looked at in many ways next summer.
The latest date to keep in mind is September 12th. That's the date that marks when the Celtics are able to trade players from the Nets deal. Ainge has stayed low key when it comes to the media, but he's traded Fab Melo, and he's invited a bunch of young guys to this years camp. With Ainge's absence from the spotlight. The last word on Rondo from him is that he'll be ready for camp. Some rumors have surfaced about Rondo's return, and about a trade or two, but the trade rumors have been mild compared to some offseasons.
With Ainge's recent silence. Some can assume that Ainge has something brewing. I can never say never when it comes to Ainge, but I think most of his work is done this year when your talking about the big picture. I think the trade deadline could be the earliest we see Ainge working the phones. With the recent domestic violence charge on Sullinger. You know Danny will have to say something sooner, rather then later on the topic. At this time Ainge has a fairly good approval rating with me as Celtics GM. He's been a good General Manager, and he's been a guy that has stayed away from the truth. At the end of the day, a banner is what matters. He's proven before that he can make something out of nothing, and Danny's loyalty to players is something I do question, and I hope that Rondo is given the chance to retire a Celtic. It's a shame that Pierce didn't have the chance to do so, but for Rondo, and for the Celtics as a whole, he pulled of the trade to help everyone. KG and Pierce will even get another crack at a title.