Danny has been busy this off season. But his unwillingness to over pay for players and his stand that he will not make a deal just to make a deal has kept him from making any moves so far. I am sure he has contacted every team with a player on it that may be able to help the Celtics. I think that it would be wise to stick with what we have and see what they can do this year as a team without the plethora of injuries we had last season and with 2 speedy pure points to run the team. We haven't made any major moves but the moves we did make, I believe will make a world of difference in this team. With Telfair and Rondo, we will have a pure point who can drive and dish and find the open man on the floor at all times. Both are known for their speed and if the rest of the team can run and keep up with them, we should see some exciting basketball this season. Danny has done his job, checking on every player available and he has come to the conclusion that many of the fans have... What we have just may be better in the future than what we can bring in with a trade.
Bare market in NBA: Ainge finds little to buy By Mark Murphy/ NBA Notes Sunday, August 20, 2006
There weren’t many free agents on the NBA lot whose tires didn’t get kicked by Danny Ainge this summer.
He last talked with Atlanta general manager Billy Knight a month ago about what it would take to bring Al Harrington to Boston, and the negative answer was predictable. The Hawks, still expected to follow through by sending the talented forward to Indiana for a $7.5 million trade exception and a first-round pick, aren’t interested in taking on matching salary - especially if it means paying Theo Ratliff $23 million for two more years.
Not surprisingly, before Drew Gooden and Chris Wilcox gave up on the market and signed deals with their own teams last week (Cleveland and Seattle, respectively), Ainge had pored over the Blue Book value on those two power forwards as well.
Though characters including Bonzi Wells, Keith Van Horn and Reggie Evans are still available, Ainge may be taking a cue from the summer’s quiet tone.
The Celtics you see now, with four players (Paul Pierce, Wally Szczerbiak, Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins) recovering from various minor surgeries, are the Celtics you are likely going to see in October.
Though Ainge - buoyed by the wishes of Pierce - went into the summer looking to secure additional veteran help for his freshly extended star, a familiar problem hasn’t changed.
Though Ratliff would fit in as a sound defensive presence and influence behind Perkins and Jefferson, this team is still far too young to match the hopes of its antsy public.
Young talent, the substance of Ainge’s pitch for a veteran, is now also the source of a puzzling numbers game.
Youngsters Ryan Gomes, Leon Powe and Dwayne Jones are all power forwards with some ability - save Jones - to play the 3-guard. Now that Sebastian Telfair and rookie Rajon Rondo have been brought in at point guard, Delonte West has to find a way to live with Pierce, Gerald Green and Tony Allen at 2-guard.
Unless Allen and Green figure into the mix at small forward with Szczerbiak and, oh yeah, Gomes. Don’t even start asking about Allan Ray and Kevin Pittsnogle, the tallest perimeter player in college basketball last year.
And you thought coach Doc Rivers took too long to whittle last year’s mix down to a workable rotation.
“Yes, we’re too young right now, and there are going to be winners and losers when it’s time for minutes,” said the Celtics director of basketball operations. “But I don’t want to do a deal just to do a deal.
“To find appealing veteran players is hard,” said Ainge. “There’s not much out there right now that is getting done by anyone. Now you see a lot of free agents like Gooden and Wilcox who are deciding to stay with their teams.
“But I don’t want veterans just because they’re veterans,” he said. “Right now, I like my players.” [More] source: Boston Herald