NBA analysts aren't as invested emotionally as we are as fans. So they can remove the sentimentality from the equation and give us a sober view of how well Danny Ainge is doing this summer. So far, all the grades are positive.
Here's just one example:
Even though the Celtics are lottery bound, they have the potential to rebuild quickly. Ainge turned Garnett, Pierce and Rivers into four first-round picks, and the roster has some solid young talent in Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger. Ainge loves to trade, and it wouldn't surprise me if he flips some of the picks and assets for one or two All-Star-level players over the next two years. The wild card is Stevens, who arrives from Butler with no pro coaching experience.
This offseason is all about positioning for the future. Be it through trade or the draft, the Celtics are set up to make moves in the coming months and years. So in truth, we aren't really sure that they did well this year or not.
We probably won't be able to accurately judge this offseason until about 2022, or a few years after the Celtics finish collecting on their draft picks from the Nets.
With that said, we had to rebuild at some point and it was going to happen sooner or later. These moves set us up about as well as you could ask for. So if I'm being objective, then I agree that it is a good offseason.
Now about that objective stuff. Bill Simmons, take it away.
Still, watching Pierce (and, to a lesser degree, KG) play for another franchise is going to be brutal. And I don't know what the right answer is here. I really don't. The Celtics allowed Bird, McHale and Parish to age gracefully together once upon a time, followed by eight solid years of misery … and I have to say, I'd sign up for that again. I loved those 1991, 1992 and 1993 teams because of the late Reggie Lewis,14 but also because we kept the Big Three — because we didn't trade them, and only because they were [expletive] Celtics and you don't trade your guys like that.
Yep, pretty much. But oh well.