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With Blake Griffin, Nets closer to getting last laugh on Celtics


Why can't the Boston Celtics sign and retain NBA stars? With 6-time All-Star, Blake Griffin,  preparing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Coach Steve Nash seems to have a near-invincible crew on board.

That crew, aside from 9-time All-Star James Harden, includes one player (Kevin Durant) who snubbed Beantown in favor of the Warriors in 2016 - and another star (Kyrie Irving) that signed with the Celtics in 2017, but departed to Brooklyn after two tumultuous seasons in Boston.

Despite his declining value, Blake Griffin's arrival in Brooklyn, at least on paper, gives the Nets the best shot at a Title this season. So it appears that the Nets have assembled a powerhouse despite mortgaging their future  for the second time in recent years with the acquisition of Harden.

Boston may have the top wing pair in the NBA in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, both acquired in the infamous Pierce-and-Garnett trade to Brooklyn, but the Nets are putting all of their hopes in their All-Star cast winning Championships in the next few seasons.

It is unknown if Danny Ainge even made a pitch for Blake Griffin, but I felt he could have filled a Bill Walton-like role with The Green. If they remain healthy, it appears that Brooklyn, now in second place in the East, has a significant edge on the Celtics, who sit in fourth place. 

If Ainge has any valid hopes for a Title this season, he needs the addition of a veteran big man, and former-Celtic, Al Horford, checks most of the boxes. It is doubtful if Danny has many more years left as GM in Boston. My guess is that he has a "must win" mindset projected, if not for this season, then for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. If Boston fans see no significant player acquisition by the trade deadline, they can assume he is focused on the near-future as opposed to this season



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