After hitting the NBA trade deadline this past week, some teams look to have made important moves while others decided to stand pat. The Boston Celtics and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge decided to take their ball and go home with Isaiah Thomas. In fact, the only other move the team made was to release center David Lee on waivers for the purpose of giving him his release to pursue better opportunities.
Over the past few seasons, the Celtics who have been perennial free bet favorites have shown great patience it putting together a team that will compete for a championship for years to come. By displaying this patience, they find themselves loaded with young talent, a slew of premium future draft choices and enough salary cap space to make a couple of big moves to get to the promise land.
While he certainly received a bunch of interesting offers, one gets the sense Ainge has his mind set on something much bigger in the off-season. For now, the Celtics are playing great, having won 10 of its last 13 games. With a current record of 32-24, they sit firmly in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. With the team playing so well and team chemistry at an optimum, it might simply be a case where Ainge knew better than to mess with a good thing, at least for now.
When asked to comment on the lack of activity, Ainge admitted he was given fodder for consideration, but took a pass. He then added, “At the end of the day, I think we’re in a better position by not doing any of the deals that were brought to our table.”
As far as making moves in the future, he stated “We have an opportunity in the spring and during the summer to make our team better, much better than the opportunity we had this time in February, so we’re anxious for this spring and summer, and to have another crack at it.”
It’s that last comment that should have the rest of the league sitting on pins and needles. With both Lebron James and Kevin Durant scheduled to hit free agency, this year’s off-season figures to be very entertaining. With so much young talent and New Jersey’s unprotected first-round pick this year, the Celtics have a lot more leverage than almost any other team in the league.
No one is saying they plan on going after one of the “big two,” but they could certainly put themselves in line to pick up a substantial piece or two from teams that are trying to create cap space in order to land a guy like Durant. They also have enough of its own cap space to make a play for one of the other talented free agent that are coming to the market. That would include players like DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets) or Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards).
When all’s said and done, Celtics fans have to be very happy with this team’s trajectory. Free bets sites have them as finishing in the top three. Ainge has certainly benefited by coming up in one of the top organizations in the NBA. He doesn’t panic and he has a plan he appears to be executing to perfection. Few would argue that the latest edition of the Celtics might be just one veteran player from another banner to hang in the Boston Garden.
Of course, there is always the possibility the Celts could make a run at a championship now with the Eastern Conference looking a tad bit weak. The fact they already have a win on the season over the conference leading Cavaliers shows they may already be competitive enough to make noise in the postseason.
This article was provided by sports author and free bets analyst Tony Samboras. Tony work is one part writer and one part analyst as he writes about the latest news surrounding some of the most popular sports in the world and also cataloges various free bet offers available online at freebets.com.au.