Despite all the noise from silly-season and Danny trying to pull heist from desperate GMs Danny has done outstanding job finding value in the marketplace, post our injury issues. While all of them do not work out, Danny like Bill Belichick, and I dare say Warren Buffet, looks for out of favor assets and is convinced that with Celtic Mystique - embodied in our coach veterans - will help them reach potential.
This value - this Celtic Pride - is imperative as to why value our veterans beyond the market and should not rush to judgement in planning for the future. If it works, what Danny has done is pull together, low priced, former first-round draft picks who are the turning points of where their career can go: Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Terrence Williams, Brandon Bass, Jordan Crawford, Fab Melo, and DJ White. Surrounded by: the mystique of Celtic History; a coach who I think will be Hall of Fame; two first ballot Hall of Famers; a wily grizzled veteran (Jason Terry). Additionally, a pep talk to and under achieving yet talented Chris Wilcox. Like distressed investments, all of these assets were trapped in "situations" where their value could not be realized; whether that was playing time, duplicate skills, young teams and coaches, bad backs (Jared Sullinger also fits into this category also), etc.
Unless something else breaks in the buy-out or waiver wire, the only concern that I have is should we take on two BIGs, and let Terrence Williams - who has been a revelation - go; I think not. I think if you give Fab Melo more reps, I think he figures out the what he can do - enough of the D-League, he needs KG so that we can make a call or not. Additionally, Jeff Green's, weak-side and on-man, block shots has been a revelation; not to mention that Bass, against most teams can man the five position. People are going to shake their heads when they see the polished skill set of DJ White.
As former first round draft picks if have a sneaky suspicion that folks are going to be shaking their heads as former first round draft picks, Terrence Williams and Jordan "junk yard dog" Crawford, drink the kool-aid. Terrence and DJ White are saying, please just don't send me to China, and I trust Crawford who played college ball with White at Indiana will listen. The interesting tidbit Danny dropped is that he wanted all these guys at the time of their draft class, but with the exception of White there were character issues the needed a taste of humble pie.
This is why I maintain, that I hope Rajon Rondo is paying attention, because, if this motley crew can make a run, he becomes the key chip this offseason. This heir apparent to this mystique was artificially given to Rajon Rondo, but as I have stated in other post, it belongs with Avery Bradley. While we did what we were supposed to against the Phoenix Suns last night, I could not help to think that we were building and continue to build Greg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs teams - where you can sit KG, Pierce, and Terry, and the system still runs.
The point is is that Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, provide immeasurable value that will, at this time, not be valued in the marketplace. Josh Smith is a stud, but as a front-line player his shot selection is suspect and frankly, I cannot understand what folks planned to do with themselves, in late game situations, when DeAndre Jordan and Smith, throw up foul shot bricks, shooting 42% and 50% respectively; talk about "hack-a-Celtic".
As this Celtic fan continues to pay his respects to the late Laker owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, and seeing all the tradition, we need to see that there are only TWO franchises that carry that cache and it is more valuable. This is why I still think, unless Rajon Rondo, matures under mystique and leadership, he remains Danny's best trade chip to cement the current group as title contenders for the next decade.