Today's Globe once again tells us that Danny has been working the phones to try to make a deal. He is putting trades to other teams but not finding takers. That tells me that he is unwilling to give up more than he gets back, and that is a very good thing. I personally like our team right now. I agree with Danny that many of our kids will develop into NBA starters or starting quality players. We have 4 players drafted right out of high school, all of which have tremendous potential, but it takes time to develop that to the NBA level. If we have patience with this team, I believe we will be rewarded. The Celtics may even make the record books eventually fielding a starting 5 drafted directly from high school. (I guess we will have to trade for the 5th one - Garnett anyone?) I like that Danny is being patient and I love his attitude toward the kids. I wouldn't be surprised to see a 2 or 3 for 1 trade go down, but then again I wouldn't be surprised to see us go into the season with the team we have now, either.
Training camp officially starts Oct. 3, giving Danny Ainge about six weeks to make a significant move if the team is to develop enough chemistry to make the most of its favorable early-season schedule. But he will not rush into a deal because some real or perceived deadline looms.
``I've been active and trying to get things done," said Ainge. ``I'm not going to do a deal just to do a deal. I'm only going to do good deals. I've offered deals I would do, but I haven't found any takers yet. That's not that surprising because what we're trying to do is not that easy."
Ainge acknowledges the Celtics ``don't have the perfect mix yet," though he likes each player on the roster. Executives around the league don't necessarily share Ainge's confidence about the quality of the Boston roster. A very unscientific poll indicates that other executives believe guys like Al Jefferson, Delonte West, Tony Allen, Kendrick Perkins, and Gerald Green would be good rotation players, but not starters. Ainge unapologetically admits he places a higher value than most on the Celtics' younger players.
``Most of our young players, I probably value them more than others do because I know more about them, because I see them every day," he said. ``I see them in the summer. I know their personalities. Sebastian Telfair, Rajon Rondo, Delonte West, Tony Allen, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins -- that's eight guys under the age of 24. I project every one of those guys as an NBA starter. In the right setting, all of those guys are NBA starters talentwise."[More] source: Boston Globe
I know I definitely put a higher value on certain of our young players that I'm sure lot of outside fans wouldn't. But its the same wherever you go.
I do believe we have potential star caliber players.
-Al Jefferson -Sebastian Telfair -Gerald Green
Whether or not outside fans think likewise, doesn't affect what I think. I'm glad Ainge isn't shortchanging our young talent by selling them for a pack of gum. He's doing the right thing by waiting for the right deal. And if it doesn't come this summer, it'll only allow our young talent to develop and raise their value even more.