Bad Is Good For The Celtics


HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — There’s an article in the Saturday’s Boston Globe that says “Celtics might not be that bad next season.”

But being “not that bad” would be bad.

Let’s put the emotional aspect of the blockbuster trade sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn aside. Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on the deal for the sake of his team’s long-term success. And in order to maximize that long-term success, the Celtics must be as bad as possible in the 2013-14 season.

The trade (which can’t be finalized until July 10) gave the Celtics a few players that won’t make a huge impact and three draft picks from a team that they just helped make pretty good. Chances are that those picks will turn into one good role player down the line.

The most important pick for the Celtics now, the pick most likely to turn into a difference maker, is their own pick in next year’s draft. And that’s why it’s imperative that they’re as bad as can be next season. They have a shot at landing a star next year and they should absolutely go for it.

The New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) got draft picks when they traded Chris Paul, but the No. 1 pick (Anthony Davis) in last year’s draft was their own. Similarly, the Orlando Magic got picks for Dwight Howard, but the No. 2 pick on Thursday (Victor Oladipo) was their own. For both teams, the most important asset that came from trading their stars was their own futility.

So as painful as the next 10 months could get, the Celtics and their fans should understand that pain – along with asset collection – is part of the process. Boston went 24-58 in 2006-07, turned their assets into Garnett and Ray Allen, and won a championship a year later.

That Globe article cites the presence of Rajon Rondo as a reason the Celtics could be decent next season and possibly make the playoffs. Well, Ainge might encourage Rondo to take his time coming back from ACL surgery, that Avery Bradley struggling to get the ball up the floor against pressure for another 40-50 games is for the best.

In fact, Ainge made it rather clear that he doesn’t want to be a borderline playoff team next season, as Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald writes

Consider Ainge’s take Thursday night on the 2014 draft.

“Next year’s draft we don’t see as loaded. We see it as top-heavy,” he said. “(But) there will be more impact players next year.”

In other words, Ainge believes they have to pick among the top 10 to make the trip worth their while. And they haven’t had a selection that high since the 10th pick of the 2001 draft — Joe Johnson. Pierce came to them on that same number in 1998.

One note there: The Celtics had the No. 5 pick in 2007, trading it to Seattle for Allen.

Ainge probably isn’t done making moves this summer, but he’s off to a great start. If he could find someone to take Courtney Lee off his hands, Boston will be in even better shape.

With Bradley, Gerald Wallace and Jeff Green, the Celtics could be decent defensively next season. But they’ll obviously take a step backward on that end without Garnett. And they promise to be absolutely dreadful offensively, where they ranked 22nd even before Rondo got hurt in late January.

That’s OK, though. Absolutely dreadful is a good plan.


  1. smthchillb says:

    Real GMs build on the fly Danny is a bum.

  2. Ally says:

    I’m very disappoint because I’m Celtics fan and four week’s ago I bough the season tickets but know I’m very said 😦 can’t believe on what happening with the Celtics ……it’s a big damage to them all …. No comment!!!!!! Lol I want my money back 🙂

  3. I think that the Nets will have the best starting 5 in the NBA if the Garnett- Peirce deal actually goes through.

  4. Cg1021 says:

    The celtics are probably waiting for the draft next year so they can get Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and other top picks. Next year will be a good draft so i think they will play through the season and just wait it out. Unless they sign a good player this off-season like J Smoove, Andre, Jefferson, or some other good player the c’s could take in.

  5. JML says:

    Were we not just one win away for the Finals 2 years ago? Now Rondo is getting healthy! I can’t understand this move! Didn’t Tim Duncan just show that age is not the only factor. 3 Hall of Fame level players gone! Pierce has plenty left in the tank and so does KG! At least 1 more year and then maybe move them. We could have picked up a good defender and Jeff Green and Bradley being able to support the core. I am totally saddened by this deal! We just traded this generations Larry Bird! I wish Paul and KG the best in Brooklyn! I would love to see them take out Miami. And oh yes, ask Lebron who his biggest rivalry has been in his whole career? Its been Pierce hands down! I’m still hoping somehow this deals falls apart! Anyone got any ideas? Can David Stern please step in! Please!

  6. Bu says:

    If Rondo back to 90%+ & improves his shooting, & most importantly, becomes mature & not to lose it, Ainge will keep him for sure. Otherwise, he’ll weigh his value & eventually go for some trades that get a star player back that has better attitude.

    We’ll see more of Ainge’s moves once the free agency starts. Celtics need a solid center, backup PG (combo guard) & a sharp shooter.

  7. Gillsy says:

    Andrew Wiggins is good but if they don’t get him there is some players in the draft not far behind him, like the whole Kentucky line up.

  8. Gillsy says:

    I don’t think Rondo will go anywhere as long as he has a say in the new coach, I can see Danny easing Rondo and Sully back into games around the all-star break maybe Rondo could just take the whole year off like Rose and they can hope they do really bad like the Spurs when Robinson went down and they then drafted a franchise player like Duncan. Why will Danny keep Rondo unless he gets a good offer, they will need someone who can control the game from the point and have some leadership with all of these young players coming in.

  9. Lakers4life says:

    Stupid Ainge,I bet Rondo will leave the Celtics,no wonder Doc Rivers left.

  10. jonas says:

    NBA teams are bulding theirs own teams in order to beat miami! and that wont be possible! hahahahahahah

  11. julius says:

    after 2016 we will be back

  12. julius says:

    what is the starting lineup

  13. terobe cyley says:

    Very few sensible persons here,the rest are total idiots..The Miami Heat WILL NOT WIN next year,they got very lucky this year..finals appearances are over for this version of the Heat.With the Pacers,Nets(just got the best starting lineup on paper)Bulls,Knicks,possibly Cleveland and Washington..MIami will have their hands full ..60 win season?Impossible

    I think Celtics trying to get a shot at Andrew Wiggins.

    • Wade of Ways says:

      Well since you seem to believe in your predictive powers I would contest that you are not one of the sensible ones.

    • Kei says:

      best starting lineup on paper? Remember last year’s best starting lineup on paper the Lakers? Where are they now?
      I still see Miami going to the finals but the gaps between teams are closing. If they landed a soild(not great) center it’ll be over.

  14. OldCelt says:

    It won’t pay off.

    The whole thing started with the trade of Perkins and Robinson for Green. Everyone said back there that it will pay off. What Celtics gained? Nothing. Jeff is a great player don’t get me wrong, but trading away two great players for one isn’t working. C’s lost a rock solid defensive center (without anyone to play that position instead) and a guy who is an instant scorer off the bench and can back up your star point guard (just look what Nate did in Bulls). Instead they got a guy who didn’t even play for an entire year and even if he would have played he playes same position as your other star Pierce.

    Ray probably saw what was going on and being a true pro and a smart guy he made a right choice and went to Miami.

    This season was tough after Rondo went down. But lets ask a question. Would it have been as tough if you had Perk, Nate and Ray on the roster, with Nate, Avery, Ray and Jason sharing time on PG and SG?

    Next move .. get rid of one of the best (if not the best) coaches in the league without any idea on who is gonna be coaching your team next year … brilliant!

    Now what you do next? You are getting rid of your capitan and a guy whos been with the team through the worst of it while on his prime. He stayed loyal to the team, never asked for a move and always delivered night in and night out. You also get rid of another guy of same caliber and same amout of loyalty to his team. What you bring in return? Nothing! None of these six players are ever gonna be anywhere near what KG and Pierce are at ages of 37 and 35. And sure as hell none of them are gonna show same level of loyalty to their team and same level of intensity and leadership in the game. And really, you hope that any of those 3 draft picks gonna be any high considering Brooklyn has KG, Pierce, Johnson, Williams, Lopez, Brooks? Ha ha ha!

    It is true that injuries derailed C’s on their way to 2nd and 3rd titles. If only Perk stayed healthy in that final series vs Lakers, if only Shaq and Jermaine stayed healthy, Avery, Sully, Rondo… But you have to admit that Perk-KG-Paul-Ray-Rajon plus Doc was the best starting 5 C’s ever had. If they would have stayed together they might have won much more then they did being separated.

    I really wish Danny Ainge would have been traded somewhere a few years ago, that would have been a great move. We all know that no.5, no.20 and no.34 should have finished their cariers in C’s. Whatever pride and honor this team had is gone now. Now we have Humphries. Maybe he’ll get married this year, at least we’ll have smth good to talk about team-related.

    • Andrew says:

      I totally agree with you…..the C’s are gonna lose pride and honor in the future seasons. And draft picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018?!?! Those are years away. Once his contract expires, Rondo will be glad to leave as a free agent and then the Celtics will lose everything! KG and Paul should have retired in green…stupid Ainge!

    • Dimitrios says:


    • Skolimowski says:

      My comment wasn’t approved yet or maybe it was deleted… but basically you’re totally riight, this is exactly it. The guy who wrote this begins by asking us to put the emotional aspect aside… how about no – that’s what has lifted the Celtics to championship caliber the past 6 years. And why do you let go of 4 guys (3 players, 1 coach) who just love the team, who are Hall of Famers, for Kris Humphries? This looks like a terrible deal right now.

  15. Dondada says:

    You are correct Miami will win the next two seasons and King James will reign supreme, but the Celtics will not fair very will in the draft because they will be the 3rd or 4th seed in the east as long as Rando is running the show.

  16. Unkle Daddy says:

    First off if they could have let Pierce and Garnett play out their contracts and mentor the younger players they have a season longer. I don’t think Rondo should rush back, but he doesn’t need to take an extended vacation like Rose either. Maybe come back around Christmas if healthy enough. And why does everybody keep trading for Lee then not using him, then trading him again…

    • Unkle Daddy says:

      Have Lebron take two years off in his prime and see if he still gets 6 rings, morons I swear…

  17. Dave Williams says:

    I absolutely love this deal – thank you Danny once again!! I’m sad to lose the great KG but sooooo happy to get rid of the walking turnover machine and ball hog pierce who was the main reason Ray Allen had to circumvent his game here so Paul could ALWAYS get his “touches”. Good riddance to Mr. Ego and his attitude for way too many years. ” Welcome happy morning age to age shall say” to quote the hymn !! Go Celts !!
    David W.

  18. Victor says:

    the quicker you get worse the quicker you’ll be better in the future.

  19. NHbleedsGREEN says:

    The Heat will still win it all the next 2 years anyway so the C’s are highly irrevelent anyways.
    MJ never won 4 straight so that’s what LeBron will do….

    • Kei says:

      MJ never lost in the finals, MJ could get 8 straight if he doesn’t play baseball. Robert horry got 7 rings. So your point is?

  20. bfG says:

    It was either this or say goodbye to its oldies in a season or two. That’s a great move for the Cs, they might need to be a bit patient to rule out tho;>

  21. bodjee says:

    I hope the Boston fans get a discount at the gate!

  22. aaaaaa says:

    I don’t know how much longer Rondo will want to stay here is also a problem. Danny needs to work with Rondo to keep him happy all while making this team better. In my opinion, they’re a good coach (George Karl, Lionel Hollins) and starting center (maybe like Al Jefferson this year, if even possible to get him) away from being a 4-6 seed.

  23. Yuigap says:

    It’s one thing to suggest that Boston might prioritise the future over the right now, and even that they might do so in order to get better draft picks, but surely the entire league is broken if GMs and coaches would actually prevent their best player from playing (as you suggested they might do with Rondo) in order to finish lower and get a better pick. As a relative. Newcomer to the NBA could anyone inform me as to whether this is the done thing?

    • Simba says:

      It’s not that he’s encouraging Rondo to sit for the sake of throwing games. He just doesn’t want Rondo to rush back from injury when in all honesty this will be a “lost” season for the franchise. It’s better in the long run for Rondo as well as the team to ensure he’s fully healthy when they begin their retooling campaign.

      • Peso says:

        Rondo my fav pg in the league… reminds me of a REAL pg like Kidd, Stockton and Payton

        he needs to get out of boston asap, hes a championship pg and needs to be on a contender… him and Melo need to team up in NY

  24. chitown says:

    The Celtics will get better through time. The team obviously wont do good next season but they will be younger and they could make some good moves. KG Pierce and Jet were old and their production level was going down. They had to carry the load with Rondo out and Allen in Miami. They needed to go to a team where they didnt have to be the best players. Boston needed to get younger. Getting Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace are okay for them. A healthy Rondo, Avery Bradley, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, and Kris Humphries could be good for the Celtics. Bradley, Wallace, and Green are good defensively so they will help them. The problem is getting an offensive player. Thats is where free agency comes into play. Danny Ainge will hopefully make some good signings for the Celtics that can help them. In addition, they could even look forward to next years draft with guys like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, etc coming in.

    • jamie says:

      Wow Andrew Wiggins in green and white would be a dream come true…come on celtic tank