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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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck-Deep Edition

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It feels like New England Sports is currently being buried – in snow, controversies and soul-decimating losses.

The recent Patriots victory over the Steelers has been tarnished by subsequent internal-fighting. And over the past couple of weeks, the Boston Celtics have been defeated by some of the most middling of NBA teams.

The only auspicious emblem to be found would be the Bruins, who have won 3 games in a row. If the season ended today, the B’s would make the playoffs! But don’t worry, they’ll find a way to self-destruct before the season actually ends.

So when you’re neck-deep in it, like we presently find ourselves, what do you do? You shovel yourself out. Let this article be your utensil of liberation! It’s time for another installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck Deep Edition.

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The Celtics Have a Bench Problem

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With the Celtics suffering a nonplussing loss at the hands of the Utah Jazz, it’s become apparent: This bench is gonna need some help. And they’re going to have to find this help from within themselves.

Ever since he was acquired from the Pistons, Marcus Morris was expected to be the most talented asset on the Celtics bench. Morris has the skills to be a secondary powerhouse in the NBA. Just last season, for Detroit, Morris averaged 14.0 PPG and just about 5 RPG.

But unfortunately his young tenure in Boston has deteriorated into “what ifs”.

Marcus has been afflicted with a lancinating and unrelenting pain in his left knee. Not only did he miss the start of the season, but he’s been sidelined yet again by this tenacious problem.

Without Morris on the court, Boston’s bench lacks that veteran’s heart and wisdom that he provides. They also are mathematically short in the scoring department, without the versatile big man.

As we saw Friday night at the Garden, somebody is going to need to step up – and fast.

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Jayson Tatum’s Patience: The Deciding Factor

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There is currently a preponderance of NBA rookies who are dominating the league. We’re talking about 20-somethings (some even younger than that) leading their teams in nearly every statistical category.

This is no longer your father’s NBA.

Gone are the days of “earning your stripes”. In today’s game, if a player has the talent he’s going to be encouraged to use it.

Our favorite youngling, here in Boston, is unanimously Jayson Tatum. This 19-year-old kid has stormed the Garden like some new-school Larry BirdPaul Pierce hybrid. He’s the futuristic embodiment of “Celtics Basketball” – the silhouette for Boston’s modern logo.

But Tatum’s not even the superlative of this year’s rookie class!

Many “Green Teamers” would argue the cockeyed contention that Jayson Tatum is a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. As heartening as it may be for the flourishing freshman to hear such high praise, it still stems from unchecked fandom.

I swear, there must be something circulating around the Charles River. It seems that Boston has become more and more generous, in recent years, when it comes to appraising young talent.

In every sport, we’re ready to give our kindergarteners their high school diploma, the very second they demonstrate their ability.

The homer expectations, surrounding Jayson Tatum, are in need of an adjustment. Let’s take a look at a few rookies, who are ahead of Tatum in the primary categories.

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