All right, Hardwood Houdini readers – it’s time to tackle the tough question.
What’s that – you don’t know what the tough question is? Why, it’s staring you right in the face:
Should Danny Ainge consider improving the current Boston Celtics team through trades, or is he better off just letting the Cs fight their way through adversity this year with the hopes of improving the team through the 2014 NBA draft?
The quick response is to say, “Shoot for the draft!” Who wouldn’t want to see Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle or Marcus Smart wearing Celtics green and white next season? Besides, as Gerald Wallace pointed out, the Celtics are basically an expansion team (which I don’t believe he meant disrespectfully), made up of pieces gathered through various trades who were never meant to flesh out a competitive roster, anyway. Danny Ainge “built” this team by deconstructing the previous version, in order to clear up some salary cap space and obtain draft picks, so why should the Cs bother trying to improve this team, when the front office will probably blow it up again, soon, anyway?
Especially with Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz failing to work out a contract extension before the Halloween deadline.
Still – this team has played hard in every contest thus far, and has even held fourth-quarter leads in the last three games. You could argue that this Celtics team is one star away from being 9th or 10th in the East right now, so should Boston’s brass attempt a trade in order to see how close this team is to actually being a playoff contender? If the Celtics sink low enough, there will be too many question marks to address, but if they can become competitive, Danny Ainge will be able to assess his team’s biggest weakness and go from there.
Time to vote – what do you think the Boston Celtics should do with this team? As always, please leave your comments below, or shoot them my way on Twitter @theamazingMrS!