rockyBeli wrote:Exactly! They made a future move while in win-now mode. .01% chance? R u high? This is a team that was on a tear that season, before the trade, and had just come off of what should've been a Finals victory the season before if the refs weren't on Kobe's jock in game 6. It's all about the context. Hmm let's trade away our Finals starting lineup for this clever "future" move that makes so much sense. Future is unknown, Rondo probably wants to bolt, Green is anything but a sure-thing, and the Celtics look to be in the lottery for the next few years. Great "future." This was such a Cohan move. When you're in win-now mode, you do win-now things, and Ainge destroyed their chance at a title with this single move. Ask Doc Rivers what he thinks about this trade.
A team has never won a title without a top five player and a top five defensive caliber player. The Celtics had neither. Coming off a finals victory doesn't change that.
Sports are ever changing and the same line up year to year doesn't produce the same results. This line up showed that the next year.
As for the bold, this would have happened with or without Perkins. And, the Celtics are set up for a fantastic rebuild. They are going to get good picks and they are set up to get a first rounder from the Nets right when they will start to do their rebuild.
Not only was this move smart by Ainge, but it's still smart. He didn't trade Jason Richardson for Brandan Wright. He didn't trade Vince Carter for Jamison. He traded a player who is god awful right now and commanding ten million a year.
Not only did they not throw away a championship run, but they avoided paying a shitty player ten million a year.