It's still the preseason as far as I'm concerned and once Pierce comes back, the Celts may be able to iron things out and make a deep playoff run. However, if it doesn't look like we're headed for Banner 18 by the trade deadline, here are a couple ideas I've come up with.
(Would Orlando consider this? Would the Celtics?)
This eats up all of the team's 2012 money but I'm not really clear on what they were planning to do with that money anyway. They'd have a decent-looking playoff team going forward with mostly reasonable contracts - a group of guys that Doc and Ainge can work with.
This is not a Championship lineup. But I think it's extremely unlikely that Ainge will be able to turn 2011-2012 personnel into anything better than an ok playoff team. I think the above configuration would be more competitive than Rondo/Pierce/Green/Bass, full-MLE (who?) and nobody else. Together, we can avoid the lottery. Draft picks rarely work out the way you want them to. It's a fact.