Don’t worry, Boston Celtics fans: I promise not to use the “F” word in this post.
(You know: the one that starts with “fire” and ends with “works.”)
Regardless of what we fans wanted the Boston Celtics to accomplish this summer – I’m sure making a trade for Kevin Love was a pipe dream that many of us shared, for starters – it would appear that the Celtics tried to make some significant trades this offseason, but were unable to find any takers for what they were selling. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said as much recently:
I said we’d try for f*******s and we tried. I’m reasonably content that first of all we tried as hard as we could and second of all we added some good pieces. But we have maintained our draft picks and we’ve maintained more building in the future as opposing to firing all the bullets now.
Grousbeck went on to say that the Boston Celtics are now going to “ go the more patient route” when it comes to rebuilding the team into one that can contend for championship banners 18 and beyond, so it would appear as if the team is done making moves this offseason.
But should the Boston Celtics be finished for the summer?
Even though our own Steviechillz pointed out today that the Celtics’ options at the center position are not downright terrible, let’s make no mistake about it: Boston still does not have a defensively-gifted center who will protect the rim and keep the Celtics from getting overwhelmed by teams that have size and length down in the paint.
There is, however, an NBA team who just so happens to have such a center who is is clearly up for sale: the Indiana Pacers, who have been shopping Roy Hibbert harder than disgruntled readers trying to trade in their copies of Fifty Shades of Grey. Should the Celtics be trying to assemble a package that could bring Hibbert to Beantown?
Then there is the curious case of Rajon Rondo. Many Boston Celtics fans bristle at the idea of trading Rondo, and make no mistake: I don’t necessarily want to trade him, either. I’m a huge University of Kentucky fan, so to any of you who consider it blasphemous for me to even discuss this option, get real – I’m a bigger fan of him than any of you. Still, there are no guarantees in free agency, and there is a young guard named Eric Bledsoe (gasp – another UK alum!) who seems to be available for a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns might not be available in Rondo, but could there be some players and draft picks that Boston has to offer for Bledsoe’s services?
And it doesn’t have to be Eric Bledsoe that the Celtics have their eye on, since Marcus Smart could become the heir-apparent to Rondo. The bottom line is, should the Boston Celtics be shopping Rondo at all this offseason?
I have no problem hearing that the Boston Celtics are going to take the patient route with this current rebuild, but the fact remains that there are still free agents and trade scenarios open for the team to pursue. I ask you, then: should the Celtics just stand pat with what they have, or should the team continue to shop its players and assets throughout the month of August?
Vote, and allow your voice to be heard!