So The Celtics Are Definitely About To Be Blown Up
Per Yahoo Sports: “After superstar Chris Paul injected his influence to accelerate talks, the Los Angeles Clippers are searching for ownership approval to complete a blockbuster deal to bring Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to L.A., league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Clippers management planned to huddle with owner Donald Sterling on Wednesday night in Los Angeles to get his approval and move on Thursday to finalize an agreement with the Celtics, sources said. Sterling met with Clippers coaching candidate Brian Shaw, an Indiana Pacers assistant coach, on Wednesday night.”
It’s always hard to swallow the idea that your team is about to rebuild. As early as last week I told someone there was no way we were going to dump Garnett and Doc for DeAndre freakin’ Jordan and some other stuff, but it looks like this is where it’s headed. The Celtics will trade these two for Jordan and two 1st Round Picks and then buy out Pierce for $5 million so he can sign with the Clips as well. This is the one that really stings. I’m a huge Paul Pierce fan and have been since he was a Jayhawk. I wanted him to retire with the Celtics, hang his jersey from the rafters and have him work as a part of the Celtics for the next 20 years. That’s how much I like this guy. Instead, the end of his career will be with another team, chasing a title that if he gets, will seem to dilute his time with Boston. Not a lot, but enough for me, that I’m already pissed about it.
What does this mean for the Clippers? Well, it means that they are probably going to trade Eric Bledsoe, the guy they wouldn’t include in a deal to the Celtics, for something else (rumors have him and Blake Griffin going to the Lakers for the rights to Dwight Howard.) They’ll be stacked for a 2-3 year window while Garnett and Pierce still have a few legs left, but it’ll all be contingent on how healthy Chris Paul can stay and who they add to the mix.
For the Celtics, this means the end of the Big Three completely and more likely a pretty decent re-building process. You’ve got Rondo, Jeff Green and some other interesting pieces and that’s it. My biggest issue is that we don’t have a coach or a coaching staff and whoever that ends up being will have to deal with one of the most strong-headed point guards in the league coming off a major knee injury (Rondo) and that’s going to be a tough job. Green is nice, but he’s a complimentary piece. The Celtics are going to need to do some serious work in a short period of time to figure out what’s going to happen. Sure, Danny Ainge has been in the background doing what he does best but what are they going to do with a bunch of mid first round draft picks and a center that can’t score outside of 3 feet from the basket?
My biggest concern though, is what to do with Rondo. Are the Celtics going to build around someone they probably shopped last year around the deadline? Are they going to pay him big money when his contract expires in a few seasons even though he still can’t make a jump shot consistently? Will our new Head Coach be able to coach a guy who has only ever had one coach and feuded with teammates at times? This is really our one building block for the future?
So I’m starting to wonder if he’ll be the next to go. He’ll be damn attractive with a small salary and the ability to run an offense with the best of them. I’m not excited about that, but I’ve also never been the biggest Rondo fan. I need my point guard to be able to score if he’s going to have the ball in his hand all the time. He can’t be a liability late in the games to the point he’s sitting on the bench. And who knows, maybe he’s been working on his jump shot all year and he shows up knocking down 18 footers like it’s his job (which by the way it kind of is) but I’m just not sure I’m all in on the Rondo led Celtics.
If the deal goes down as it seems likely to do, it’s going to be a sad day in New England. The end of a pretty exciting era with some guys you could really relate to. Let’s hope Danny Ainge knows what he’s doing.