The off-season is alive and well. Fire up the trade machine. Check Celticsblog and Twitter like you've got OCD. Listen to everything. Trust nothing. The conference finals aren't even over and we've already heard that Pierce is likely to be bought out, that Pierce being bought out is laughable, and that our top target this offseason is Paul Millsap, who can surely only be acquired with - you guessed it - Paul Pierce.
With less than a month until the draft, there are no signs of this talk slowing. There's been a lot about the draft, which , at first thought to be weak, now seems to feature a bunch of centers who will all be starters, point guards who will make Rondo expendable and guys who have "peaked" at the very old age of 23.
The trade suggestions have filled the time between mock draft releases. The suggestions have been varied and, thankfully, getting more realistic than the bad-contracts-for-Smith trade suggestions that dominated the season. While many of these trades would never happen, or we may not like to give up our players, these ideas are fun to discuss.
Drafts and trades have been discussed non-stop - but how about free agents? Which pieces are out there that could make a contribution beyond weighing down the rest of the bench so that Jeff Green doesn't flip off it? Feel free to mention Josh Smith and Al Jefferson if you've got a way to actually get them here. But what smaller, more attainable pieces can make a difference?