This years trade deadline was filled with its share of rumors regarding the Boston Celtics.
The deadline has just recently passed, and the Celtics did not make a deal. This comes as a disappointment to many fans, but it shouldn’t be a big surprise.
This is due to the fact that other teams ask Boston for a large number of assets in return for a superstar. Yes, in order for any team to acquire someone else’s superstar, they will have to give up a lot. The challenge for the Celtics is that they have way more assets than anyone else, and the other teams know that.
Now, the main reason it is okay that the Celtics didn’t make a trade is because the future is seriously bright. Below you can see the draft picks owned by the Boston Celtics over the next 3 years.
2017 first round draft pick from Brooklyn (swap, Boston outgoing)
Boston has the right to swap its 2017 1st round pick for Brooklyn’s 2017 1st round pick; if Boston exercises this swap right, then Boston will convey its 2017 2nd round pick to Brooklyn protected for selections 31-45 (if this pick falls within its protected range and is therefore not conveyed, then Boston’s obligation to Brooklyn will be extinguished) [Boston-Brooklyn, 7/12/2013]; this potential pick conveyance is the same as the one described in “2017 second round draft pick from Boston” on Brooklyn Incoming
2017 second round draft pick from Cleveland
Cleveland’s 2017 2nd round pick to Boston [Boston-Cleveland, 9/25/2014]
2017 second round draft pick from L.A. Clippers
L.A. Clippers’ 2017 2nd round pick to Boston [Boston-L.A. Clippers-Phoenix, 1/15/2015]
2017 second round draft pick from Minnesota
Minnesota’s 2017 2nd round pick to Boston (via Phoenix) [Minnesota-New Orleans-Phoenix, 7/27/2012; Boston-Phoenix, 1/9/2015]
2018 first round draft pick from Brooklyn
Brooklyn’s 2018 1st round pick to Boston [Boston-Brooklyn, 7/12/2013]
2019 first round draft pick from L.A. Clippers
If at least two years after the L.A. Clippers conveyed a 1st round pick to Toronto, then the L.A. Clippers will convey their 1st round pick to Boston (via Memphis) protected for selections 1-14 in 2019 and 1-14 in 2020; if the L.A. Clippers have not conveyed a 1st round pick to Boston by 2020, then the L.A. Clippers will instead convey their 2022 2nd round pick to Boston [L.A. Clippers-Memphis, 2/18/2016; Boston-Memphis, 6/23/2016]
2019 first round draft pick from Memphis
Memphis’ 1st round pick to Boston protected for selections 1-8 in 2019 (conveyable if Memphis conveys a 1st round pick to Portland in 2017) and 1-6 in 2020 (conveyable if Memphis has conveyed a 1st round pick to Portland by 2018) and unprotected in 2021 [Boston-Memphis-New Orleans, 1/12/2015]
2019 second round draft pick from Detroit
Detroit’s 2019 2nd round pick to Boston (via Oklahoma City) [Detroit-Oklahoma City-Utah, 2/19/2015; Boston-Oklahoma City, 7/14/2015]
*Information via RealGM
What the Front Office has done, is set up the franchise to be successful for the next decade. They are thinking long term, and that is perfectly alright. The Celtics are in a unique position where they are able to make an exciting playoff run, and still have a top 5 pick in the draft. This will also be true in 2018.
Not only are the Celtics in a good position for the draft, but they are in a good position for free agency signings. After signing Al Horford in 2016, the Celtics look to land another big name this summer. Some of the 2017 Free Agents include, Blake Griffin (player option), Gordon Hayward (player option), Paul Millsap (player option), Danilo Gallinari (player option), Otto Porter (restricted), Greg Monroe (player option), Nerlens Noel (restricted), Zach Randolph, Brandon Jennings, and more.
With all that being said, a lot of fans wanted to see the Celtics make a trade. Not necessarily a big trade that shakes up the NBA, but one that serves more as a rental to address our current issues.
This issue is rebounding and rim protecting, and that is no secret. However, in order to land someone that significantly impacts the team’s rebounding production wouldn’t be as cheap as everyone has made it out to be. This new member of the team would likely be getting 24+ MPG. Acquiring a player like that isn’t cheap or easy. Luckily, it looks like Andrew Bogut will be bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Celtics will have an opportunity to pick him up. He’s a player that can put up 10 ppg, 8 rpg, and 1.5 bpg in ~24 mpg. Another possible option is signing Larry Sanders. I know not everyone is a fan of this idea, and rightfully so. There’s a lot of questions when it comes to Larry Sanders, but he really piques my curiosity. He’s been hinting at a return for several months now, and I believe we’ll see where he ends up in the coming weeks.
So at the end of the day, this season is not at a loss, and the future certainly is not at a loss. This trade deadline was a Win/Win situation. We make the right deal and we get better now, or we stand pat and go to war this season while maintaining our bright future. So please, stop the Danny Ainge slander. The guy has done an excellent job.
As they say in Philadelphia, Trust the Process.