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Plugging holes in Celtics ship hasn't worked. Time to repair it at drydock.


Bringing in Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward into the Celtics fold was supposed to possibly deliver Banner #18, and those moves may have worked - had all three additions not defected to pastures "greener" than those in Boston. Since then Danny Ainge has been plugging the holes in his ship with the likes of Aron Baynes, Enes Kanter, Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson. That hasn't worked either.

Ainge has avoided the Big Move thus far, possibly due to limited spending by ownership, or simply because Danny has become overly cautious. His team sits in 8th place in the East, three slots away from missing the playoffs entirely. 

Rob Williams has taken "the jump" he predicted for himself prior to the season, and the recent acquisition of 6'7" shooter, Evan Fournier may turn out to be a positive move. But more is needed to get the Celtics back into serious Title contention. It is possible that Ainge has a bad mix of players on his hands where the "whole does not equal the sum of its parts". 

Danny is a summer trader, so look for at least one major move this off-season. Nothing is off the table. I would not be totally shocked to see changes in ownership, management or coaching - although I doubt Ainge would want to be remembered for this lackluster season. 

More likely are alterations in the roster. Prior to the season, I never envisioned the possibility of breaking up the Jay Team, but a Jaylen Brown-for-Karl Anthony Towns deal this summer may already be on Ainge's mind. Working a trade for Walker would be quite a task - and would hurt in terms of promising youngsters being included - but it may be necessary for future success.

The odds against Boston reviving sufficiently to go deep in the playoffs this season and getting to the Finals are tremendous. Without tanking, Brad Stevens toughening up on rotations - yanking non-performers - keeping the invested players on the floor - and playing the kids would be the right path. Let things fall where they may and get that damaged Celtics ship fixed and afloat for next season.

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