It takes a rock-hard disposition to ditch playing for one professional sports league three seasons into your career, to join another alongside HOFs Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale. It might take even more chutzpah to fight Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals.
Danny Ainge has certainly gained a reputation as a hard-nosed player and businessman, which might come into play if he pulls the trigger on another blockbuster trade. The last one, which brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen over to the C’s, paid off nicely.
Considering Avery Bradley’s return, Courtney Lee looks to take a more diminutive role during an already shaky season, and could be a potential trade piece. Brandon Bass could be another player to part ways with the Boston green.
Ainge has dispelled any trade rumors―even those coming from his own son―calling the move to waive Joseph and Varnado a “financial thing.” The Celtics admitted that they inquired about Cousins, but only as part of everyday league bargaining. The Sacramento Kings also don’t seem eager to part ways with the troubled center, and remain committed to the abusive relationship.
Quashing of rumors hasn’t stopped people from looking at who the Celtics could benefit from acquiring. KG and The Truth are nearing their “best by” dates, after all. Pau Gasol, Al Jefferson, and Anderson Varejao are some of the standouts.