By: Jake Mackey
As the 2016 NBA Draft grew closer and closer, fans of the Boston Celtics grew steadily more anxious as trade rumors of Jimmy Butler were jolted back to life and the name Nerlens Noel continued to fly throughout trade rumors. Unfortunately, as the number three pick came and went the Celtics were left with California small forward Jaylen Brown. Celtics fans were promised fireworks, but all they got was a spark from a match, barely.
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A few months back Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck told fans that there would be fireworks come draft night. Clearly, for the third year in a row nothing happened. Now, Grousbeck and Danny Ainge are trying to sell green-teamers on free agency. Please, Celtics fans may have green blinders on a lot of the time, but we aren’t so dumb to believe that they can really land a big-time free agent seeing how it has never happened in the nearly 70-year history of the franchise.
Wyc Grousbeck appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub after the Celtics selection and he stated about this offseason, “We’re not done. What happens next week? We have room for two max guys. The thinking and trying to improve the team starts next week in free agency.” Danny Ainge repeated that sentiment on The Sports Hub Friday morning with Toucher and Rich, “We haven’t even begun free agency. The summertime is when most deals and most things are done to build your roster. We have a lot of cap flexibility, so we’re certainly not done.”
How many more times are we going to here that as Celtics fans. Yes I know names such as Kevin Durant, DeMar Derozan, Dirk, and Dwayne Wade will be on the market come July 1st. However, veteran names like those are not coming to Boston to join a rebuilding franchise in a cold northeastern city with virtually zero marketability. They are going to Golden State or Cleveland where they can win right now.
Once again, the only way to spark fireworks in Boston is by pulling the wool over the eyes of another general manager who is willing to give you a stud like Kevin Garnet. The closest and most reasonable chance of that happening would be if Danny Ainge can lure Demarcus Cousins from Sacramento, and after the draft I cannot see that happening.
All these draft picks and young talented assets that the people of Boston have been told will be worth something to other franchises have turned out to be fairly meaningless. Therefore, buckle up Celtics fans because we are in for a long-rebuild with no end in sight.