File this one under “Thanks, Captain Obvious”.
“We had definitely hoped to try to make bigger moves this offseason, to be honest,” Grousbeck admitted. “Having said that, it takes two partners to make a trade, so we focused on long-term trying to build the club. We think we’re a better team now — positioned for the future, some new young talent and even more draft picks – but it’s been a patient summer so far, and I’m not always the most patient guy.”
Danny Ainge’s trades over the last 18 months, including the heartbreaking-but-necessary blockbuster that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston to Brooklyn, were supposed to load the Celtics with enough draft picks and trade firepower to land enough talent to vault the team back into annual contender status. Instead, Celtics fans are getting understandably irate after watching the team fail to make any moves on draft day or land any notable free agents.
Shock and awe trades and signings don’t always translate directly to success, but the Celtics entered this offseason with a Doomsday-Preppers-esque stash of draft picks, not to mention a certain point guard that’s subject to constant trade speculation (see: Rondo, Rajon). Put that together with a relatively weak Eastern Conference, especially after the demise of the Heat’s “Big 3”, and it’s safe to say that drafting Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart and re-signing Avery Bradley wasn’t exactly the offseason fireworks show a lot of fans expected.
And to top it all off, if “sources” are to be trusted, the bidding for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love seems to be deadlocked between Golden State and Cleveland. Rumors are what they are, but everything that’s come out so far seems to indicate that the offers the Celtics have made for the Minnesota superstar haven’t tickled the T-Wolves’ fancy.
Just about every (reasonable) Celtics fan could cope with last season being a rebuilding year, but it sure is a lot easier to deal with losing when the promise is using the spoils to get more competitive. The offseason isn’t over yet, but the question has to be asked: Do the Celtics still have an ace up their sleeve, or is the rebuilding effort slowly falling on its face?