Chad Ford has posted his grades for all 30 teams on ESPN's Insider. I dropped my subscription to Insider last season because I was just so disgusted with the NBA and the games they were playing with the lockout, etc. I really didn't feel like even writing that much. Now, I'm re-energized about the Celtics this season and I'm ready to go.
Chad Ford hasn't always been very pro-Celtics in the past but he likes what Danny did this offseason and gave him a grade of A for his roster moves. He didn't give A's out freely, either. Only the New Orleans Hornets scored better with an A+ for their big draft and luring Ryan Anderson away from the Magic. The Lakers were also given an A for their big score of Steve Nash. The Heat were given an A- for coming up with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.
Seven teams (Hawks, Nets, Mavs, Nuggets, Warriors, Jazz and Wizards) came close with a B+ grade for their moves. The Magic were the only team to net an F because of the Dwight Howard mess and losing Ryan Anderson in particular. The Bulls was another team that came close to flunking out with a D+. The Rockets received the only incomplete since they obviously have an endgame with all their moves but aren't there yet.
Here's what's impressive about Ainge's moves the past few years. He has maintained his veteran core while still putting in place a group of young players -- Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Green, Lee, Sullinger and Melo -- that could become the core of the future.
Few teams have the opportunity and ability to eat their cake and have it too. Ainge has found a way.
And now, as Ford notes, it's time to stop talking about the Celtics closing window. It appears wide open to me.
More exciting and bigger upside adding younger players with proven fire than adding a 35-year old center who, while firey with technicals, didn't always play with a passion. He was kind of wilt to KG's russell.
I think that's why Ford gave the Celtics an A. They kept the core together and got much younger at the same time.
As for the Fakers, I agree that Nash isn't worth an A, especially since they mortgaged their future with 4 draft picks to get him. I'm still not sure he won't disintegrate when he gets away from that Phx training staff. They also got Jamison, but that's not all that exciting either. Now, they're the Geritol bunch. :)