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Is River Boat Gambler, Danny Ainge, "content" with his present roster?

My readers will notice that I did not employ the term "happy" (with the present roster), nor did I go crazy and suggest the Celtics boss is "thrilled" with the crew he has right now. And I am sure that upon writing this piece, we will get bombarded with noise of a major deal he has in mind. But for now, I do believe Danny is (somewhat) content with what he has at hand.


Do not be fooled by the smile on Ainge's face in the above photo. He is being stalked by my daughter, Lisa Lane McCarty, outside the old Boston Garden back in the mid-80's. He just wants to go home or out to eat.

Danny wants to win. Period! Can he do it with his present roster? Of course he can, but it is far from a sure thing. Things are library-quiet in the Celtics environs concerning any impending deals, and it just may be that Ainge is going with what he has - and will look more at developing his young guys.

Tristan Thompson's arrival in Beantown brings the much-needed toughness that was lacking, and Jeff Teague should fit right in at back-up point guard. Rumors of both Semi Ojeleye and Carsen Edwards being shipped out to everywhere but China abound, but we have only seen one season of Carsen - and Semi has at least enough value as an end-of-the-bench player to remain on the roster.

Any discussion of James Harden-to-Boston is ridiculous. Brad Stevens truly wants team-ball from his troops, although they often don't oblige. Harden would bring the antithesis of team play to Beantown, so forget it. Likewise, any talk of Marcus Smart departing via trade is out of the question (barring a major deal). 

There you have it! Danny always wants "better". He wants to win - and that means a Title. It was only one game - a somewhat meaningless Exhibition loss to the Philadelphia 76'ers - but it just may be that rookie Payton Pritchard can help right away, and Aaron Nesmith looks like a solid draft choice. The injury bug needs to leave second-year man, Romeo Langford alone this season, so what we see today may possibly be the crew that goes into the post-season battles. 



Conversely, look for all Hell to break loose in Celtics-Land once this article is posted. Danny Ainge is always prepared to roll the dice!



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