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Boston Celtics Have Multiple Avenues To Success

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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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Reviewing Boston Celtics Trade For Irving

The Boston Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday. This trade sent a shockwave through the Celtics fan base and throughout the entire NBA community.

Irving is a 25-year-old point guard with two years left on his deal with the third year being a player option.

In exchange for Irving, the Celtics sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 18 Nets pick to Cleveland. Many will debate if this is indeed a good trade, or even makes the Celtics better.

But in terms of Irving and Isaiah, their stats tell similar stories. But with term left on his deal, a younger age of 4 years, and growth potential, Irving over Thomas is a smart pick in terms of the future.

Losing Crowder isn’t a big deal. Boston already has Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum locked up at that position.

Zizic is still a big man prospect but left a lot to be desired in Celtics Summer League action. The real question here is the Net’s pick. The 18 Brooklyn pick is a reason to be concerned with no restrictions on it. On paper, the Net’s are a better team than they were last year.

But losing the Net’s pick means that Boston has lost their largest trading pick. One could argue Ainge should have included a Tatum or a Brown before the Net’s pick. Because of the Net’s pick, symbolized a potential to land a big man superstar like Anthony Davis.

But when it comes down to it, getting Irving was real, Davis? Not so much.

Ainge made the smart play for the long term on a player that seems committed to staying in Boston. If I were in his shoes, this move is a no brainer. It is easy to get sentimental about Thomas.

IT helped turn Boston into a contender and his personality fit right in. His play style, attitude, and the way Celtics fans showed their love and support for him after losing his sister in the playoffs will go down as one of the most emotional times in Boston sports. By no means should trading Thomas mean that we should degrade him as a player. Thomas is a top 5 guard in the NBA, an all-star, and an MVP type player.

But when it comes to sports, business is king.

Thank you IT.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

Late Tuesday night, Danny Ainge addressed the media with a fiscally callous tone. On this conference call, Ainge expanded on the complicated circumstances regarding the acquisition of superstar Kyrie Irving. There was a certain steady melancholy to Ainge’s voice that betrayed the truth. This was not an easy trade to make for the veteran Celtics general manager.

Isaiah Thomas (the little guy), Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic now play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And barring a trade so does the Nets 1st round selection in the 2018 draft. Ainge stammered when trying to communicate the misgivings he had with trading those players. But it was a well-weighted decision. He added, “at the same time we got one of the best offensive players in the league.”

Certainly, letting go of a franchise-face like Isaiah Thomas is a recalcitrant option to flesh out in the war room. Celtics management really ruminated on the trade proposal, before pulling the trigger.

Danny Ainge disclosed to the media members on the conference call that “this deal was not available a month ago.” According to the Celtics GM, the C’s had been in deliberations with the Cavaliers for quite a while. It’s safe to conjecture that the two teams had been aggressively spitballing with each other for the nearly the entire offseason.

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