The Boston Celtics continue to be patient with their goal of winning a championship
Throughout this entire rebuild, the Boston Celtics have practiced patience above everything else. Danny Ainge hoarded his assets for as long as he could. He passed on multiple super stars that were available, but waited until he found the right deal at the right time.
Even if cashing in the assets, Ainge kept the future in mind. Both of the stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, brought in this season are 26 years old or younger, ensuring that the future of this team is not in jeopardy, and indicating that Ainge is ready to give this team a chance to grow before being ready to contend.
The new star, Irving, has come out and spoken along the same lines. He understands that there is going to be a transition. There are a lot of new faces on this team and a lot of them are far too inexperienced.
Irving has spoken about the process, and ensuring that steps are never skipped. The Celtics organization wants to make sure they are doing things the right way, and Irving has made every indication that he is fully on board with that.
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We already knew that Ainge would not panic if this roster is not contending material on opening night, and now we know that Irving is also ready to work through inevitable problems.
The same approach is being taken with their final roster spot. At media day, the Celtics made it clear that they are not just going to plug a player into their final roster spot. They want to make sure the right player gets that spot, and they are not going to rush into some free agent that is recognizable.
For the start of the year, the Celtics probably would have benefitted from getting one of the established names in Andrew Bogut or Gerald Green. They would have offered some stability, and trust in knowing what they are capable of.
Instead of looking out for the start of the season, Ainge wants to wait and make sure that whoever gets that final spot is going to be the best choice down the line.
There are a lot of different things that could go wrong with this roster, and no spot should be wasted. The Celtics want to make sure they are as careful as possible with the final roster spot, never committing to something that could hurt them in the long haul.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this rebuild, has been the unprecedented balance of winning now and improving in the future. For such a fresh roster, the immediate is going to be a lot more difficult than the future.
The Celtics are preparing for those growing pains, and they are not going to have the shortcomings that they will inevitably overcome dictate their roster. Instead, it will continue to be the long term future as the priority, making sure they create the best possible roster to win a championship down the line, even if it is not this season.