Not even a week after hearing about Rajon Rondo tearing his ACL, the Boston Celtics receive even more bad news, this time regarding Jared Sullinger. Sullinger had back surgery and will be shut down for the rest of the season. For Celtics fans, could this season get any worse?
Boston now has to rely upon Brandon Bass and possibly Fab Melo, who will suit up for tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic. Sullinger was a player who brought energy and rebounding, but now the Celtics will have to find someone else who can supply both. But who? Boston is one of the worst rebounding teams in the league and Sullinger was probably their best rebounder next to Kevin Garnett. So where do the Celtics go from here?
Unless Melo produces similar numbers to Sullinger, or his own in the D-League, Boston may have to look to making a trade or finding a diamond in the rough in free agency. The problem facing the Celtics however is their most valuable pieces are Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger, and both are out for the season. It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge does. He can’t leave the roster untouched, especially in the shape it’s in.
If changes aren’t made, the front court is very thin as they only have Jason Collins and Brandon Bass, which now affects the minutes of play for Kevin Garnett. The Celtics now face many issues, and maybe it was possible that they’d be fine without Rondo, but with another big injury I don’t see how making it far in the playoffs is possible.
Kenyon Martin is still available, and even though most fans don’t want him, if you want the roster to stay the same, then signing him is the best option out there. Looking at where the Celtics could possibly go; either move on without making a trade or acquisition; consider the possibilities of trading whatever piece is valuable; or try finding someone in free agency. This is going to be an interesting time for the franchise. A lot of decisions have to be made by February 21st, and for Celtics fans, there may be some very unpopular moves coming within the next few weeks.