You’d think I would know better by now. I’ve been doing this for too long to be surprised.
Just last night I’m thinking to myself that this was going to be a refreshingly boring summer.
In fact, I typed the following paragraph: “Hey, we’ve got ourselves a superteam in the making. Star players on max contracts, precocious prospects with ridiculous learning curves, a deep roster, and still more future draft assets. This team should be a title contender for years to come if they just manage the cap and make solid decisions. This is sure to be a quiet offseason.”
Seriously, when will I learn?
So here we are, less than a week from the NBA Draft and the Celtics are right back in the thick of the rumor cycle with the Kawhi Leonard news.
This should be exciting. It isn’t every day that a superstar comes on the market and the Celtics are mentioned as one of the top 4 teams to get him. Ok, maybe it happened just last year. Still, before that it seemed like we had a ton of assets and nothing to spend them on for years.
Now we’ve already got a potential superteam and this comes up? It's like getting full on delicious appetizers and having an awesome steak set before you and thinking “man, I just couldn’t have another bite.” Ok, technically that’s never happened to me, but you get the idea.
Danny Ainge is never not going to be interested if a superstar is available. Even if things are all set up perfectly, he’s perfectly willing to tear it apart and make it even more perfect.
So now we will have weeks of trade proposals, leaked offers, hot takes, and very strong opinions on every possible angle. Is it too soon to give up on Jaylen Brown? Who knows, he could be the next Kawhi Leonard himself. Is it too heartless to trade Gordon Hayward? (Yes, but that’s never stopped Danny before.) What if Kawhi really want to go to the West coast and ends up walking a year later (as many expect Paul George will do in a few weeks)? And what about Kawhi’s mysterious injury?
So much to pour through and so much to talk about. And it all may be for naught if he’s traded elsewhere. Even worse, it could be (at a minimum) awkward knowing what some of the pieces that were offered up in trade packages that never happened.
Of course winning cures all and the Celtics expect to be winning a lot of basketball games next season, with or without Kawhi. So I suppose that’s the beauty of this situation. Sure, there are things you can spend time worrying about, but at the end of the day Boston is in a pretty great position no matter what happens.
So as usual, keep coming back to CelticsBlog to read, react, and passionately debate things that ultimately have no way of being proven right or wrong. Because that’s what we do. We should all know by now, the Boston Celtics are never, ever, ever boring.