I am going to try to express my feelings in a way that makes sense about this trade. I've been thinking about this a lot, reading about it a lot, and I think I can finally express how I feel about this. First of all, it is very sad to see KG and especially Pierce go. It is also sad and scary to see the Celtics going this far into rebuilding mode, but I have to admit that it also excites me a bit. This era had to come to an end at some point, that was inevitable. Although it is always hard to swallow that pill, it is a Truth that we had to accept eventually. They are 36 and 37 years old, so either way, in a few years, if not this year or next, they would be retiring. Do I wish they could have retired as Celtics? Of course, especially Pierce. But who is to say that at least Pierce will not eventually retire as a Celtic? First of all, he is an unrestricted free agent after next season. What if we signed him for one more year? Or, we could bring him back for a day contract to let him retire as a Celtic when he does retire. Danny was looking to get some kind of value for these aging stars, and I believe he did. He has always said, he looks to get value: in fact he said that he thinks Red should have ended up trading Bird, McHale, and/or Parish at the end of their careers to get value out of them before they retire, so why not do that now, especially when Doc takes off for the Clippers? Change is hard. Losing your heroes to another team is agonizing, but we also have a team to root for, and so we have to think of the well being and the future of this team, and to get picks and some players in return for Pierce and KG is something we have to live with and be positive about. I will always root for Pierce and KG as players, but we have a TEAM to root for and not give up all hope.
I have been reading these message boards and listening to the "analysts," and the Celtics are getting a lot of mixed reviews about this move, more on the negative side than the positive. People are saying that Danny disrespected KG and PP by giving up on them and throwing them away. I disagree. I think he actually did them a bit of a favor, and showed them respect by putting them into a good and positive situation for next year, with the opportunity to win again next year, an opportunity, in all reality, that they probably would not have had last year. Danny paid that same respect to Doc by allowing him to go to the Clippers, and still getting back a 1st round pick for him. I think people are too focused on the fact that they are no longer on our team, and that sucks, but I think that Pierce and KG would thank Danny for allowing them to end their careers with the potential to win again. People are also saying that the Celtics didn't get enough in return, but I also mostly disagree with that. People were hoping for a decent player or two and hopefully a pick in return for KG, and people were also hoping for a pick in return for Pierce (one proposed trade only had us getting two second rounders in return for Pierce), but now we have three first round picks, one more to go alone with the departure of Doc, and some decent players and expiring contracts in return. I like that we got MarShon Brooks. He is a good young player and shooter. Gerald Wallace has a horrible contract, but he also has been a very valuable player in the past few years, with the exception of last year (perhaps he had too much pressure on him with such a high contract), and he is also a potential trade chip if we don't want to take on his full contract. I don't like Humphries, but he is a hustle player, and with an expiring contract, I also think he is an obvious trade chip. In short, I think we revived the careers of KG and Pierce a bit, and we got something back in return of value.
It is always hard to be on the team that seems like it is losing in the near future, but I think for the distant future, we will be fine. Much like forest fires have to destroy the forests in order to rebuild, re-seed, and replenish, I think that is what the Celtics have to do right now. We might have to endure a few bad years, but I don't think we will be horrible for too long, and I think we will be fine, probably better than we would be once KG and Pierce retired in a few years. People keep forgetting about what we would be like when they retired and when we would have nothing to gain from them except for great memories and cap space. Now we have value. One thing, though, is that I hope we can keep Rondo. I hope that we don't go into full tank mode and trade away Rondo, but I also hope that he can have a good, positive attitude, and take over as the leader to this team. I hope that he doesn't want to get out of Boston to beat the rebuilding process as well. I'm hoping he is someone that we can build around, along with Green, Bradley, Sully, and maybe now even Olynyk. From everything I am hearing from Ainge and the owners, Rondo is someone they are trying to build around. I know there are rumors out there that he will be traded, and I know that Danny isn't always going to be completely straightforward about everything, but I am hopeful that we don't go into complete tank mode.
People focus so much on what they lose and what they don't have. I'm really just trying to focus on what we have, and what we have to move forward with.