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Danny Ainge's "new-faces-if-it-comes-to-that" scenario has emerged


Celtics fans can remain angry about the departure of Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, but they really should admit The Green sorely miss what that pair supplied. Conversely, it was quickly apparent that the Kyrie Irving-in-Boston experiment was a failure - partly due to him not being the best of teammates - but also the fact that Celtics team was simply a bad mix. We may be looking at that once again.

Hordford was brought on board in 2016, followed by Irving and Hayward in 2017. All three left Boston of their own volition, but Irving's acquisition was a mistake. Not so with Gordon and Al. Boston misses them. The current Celtics crew is mired in 9th place in the East with a 15-17 record - the same as the lowly Knicks. That last stat alone merits roster (or higher-level) changes.

Youth, injuries and Covid aside, we are looking at a bad mix of players. There is no synergy - no coordination - no cooperation. There will be no spontaneous fix here. Some type of change is needed.

What isn't needed are any ludicrous thoughts of trading away Marcus Smart. Never a stats-are-everything guy - take Marcus out of the equation (as of late), and see what happens. I am serious here. He defines what the Celtics SHOULD be.. 

In Danny Ainge's mind right now, virtually everything is on the table, including the potential trade of any player - with the exception of Marcus. Ainge would require perhaps his biggest haul ever for either member of the Jay Team, but don't totally discount the possibility.

The new-faces-if-it-comes-to-that scenario broached recently by Danny Ainge has now crawled out from under a log. The standings right now show the Celtics 2021 draft pick in lottery territory - and Ainge owns a large TPE, in addition to having some promising young guys. His team need a fix, and it won't happen without a change, or changes, in the roster - or in the extreme, in the coaching staff.




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