The Celtics finally went for it. Now what?
Take a trip down the rabbit hole of Danny Ainge’s transaction page on Basketball-Reference once more for old time’s sake. Explore that page long enough, and it will reveal a nonlinear method of rebuilding from scratch filled with endless possibilities.
Remember that Keith Bogans’ shell contract begat Abdel Nader and that Tayshaun Princewas briefly a Celtic. Recall the one that haunted Sam Hinkie; Jordan Crawford for Philly’s heavily protected first pick that became a pair of inconsequential seconds.
You should also take a moment to remember all the deals that never happened: a bushelful of picks to move up in the draft to take Justise Winslow, trades for Paul Georgeand Jimmy Butler that broke down on various draft nights, and not getting Kevin Durant in free agency.
“It never goes the way everybody wants it to go, you know?” Ainge said with a slight chuckle during training camp.
Take one last look around because those days are suddenly over. What had been an endless series of moves spiraling into nebulous directions has suddenly come into clear focus. The end result is a core featuring Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horfordwith as many as five rookies and nine other…Read More