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Boston Celtics Have Multiple Avenues To Success



Boston Celtics Have Multiple Avenues To Success With Danny Ainge Poised To Go For It All Next Season

What Danny Ainge does with the third pick in the NBA draft is anybody’s best guess. The current NBA structure has two elite teams, the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics are somewhere in the tier below, but appear to be closer to the Cavs than Golden State.

Looking at Boston though, it is clear Ainge needs two more NBA quality star players to win a title in the current structure. Some saw the trade of the No.1 pick as moving down in the draft and getting future firsts. But another way to look at the trade is to acquire more tradable assets to land a superstar.

For Ainge, he likely has the assets to take a player with the No.3 pick and still assets to net a star. But what kind of star is the question.

Jimmy Butler has been in the conversation, but wouldn’t having the defense of Avery Bradley be better?

Take a glimpse at the 2008 team and watch their rebounding compared to this past years team. Rebounding has been a big area of weakness for Boston and an area Ainge should look to improve.

There have been murmurings of Pelicans star Anthony Davis. A deal like that though would likely require the No.3 pick and future firsts from Boston though.

Taking a step away from the trade market and free agency is an area where Ainge can supplement the team. The Celtics have the ability to bring in a max player and give Isaiah Thomas a max deal next season.

Could it be free-agent big man Blake Griffin who reportedly would love to be in Boston? Griffin would certainly solve the rebounding issue and allow Ainge to trade for a shooter.

Or will the free-agent signing be Brad Stevens Butler prodigy Gordon Hayward who would fill the shooter role? In that scenario a trade of the picks would be allocated to acquiring a rebounder like Davis.

All of this discussions comes after the trade of the No.1 overall pick.

Ainge could take a player like Josh Jackson at No.3, sign a big name free agent, and potentially net another star via trade. The feeling I am getting from Boston is they are trying to load up for a run of 3-4 seasons of title run possibility. And going for it all makes sense.

Golden State will not be able to hold onto all their stars, a Kevin Durant departure feels like a possibility. LeBron James could leave Cleveland this off-season with the Cav’s not looking close to the Warriors.

With this latest move, Ainge is putting it all on the line, his legacy is going to come down to this move.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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The Good, the Better and the Best



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Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers



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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining



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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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