Originally posted by SLICK:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Young and athletic I agree. They are too old. Garnett and Allen they have to start looking at a long term replacement for. Trading Perkins was a mistake.
How was trading Perkins a mistake?
Celtics needed a long athletic player who could play a wing guy like Lebron come play time. They thought Green was it. He wasn't. The Celtics are trying to win NOW. Perkins offered them intangibles now...but long-term doesn't have much value as far as being a 2nd or 3rd option.
I think Perkins was a one in a long line of mistakes by Ainge this year.
1) You guys DID need a guy who could guard the elite wings like Wade & LeBron. So why not re-sign Tony Allen?
He's one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and only signed a 3 year/$9.5M deal with Memphis. That's one of the best contracts in the league, IMO.
2) Do you realize that you only had 5 players left from the team that made the Finals LAST YEAR? KG, Rondo, Allen, Pierce, & Big Baby. That's it. That's CRAZY roster turnover for a team that was incredibly cohesive.
3) You guys left your center position in the hands of Nenad Krstic and the perpetually injured O'Neal's...who ended up being perpetually injured. You had a nice backup in Semih Erden, and then you traded him for nothing so you could sign Troy Murphy...who didn't play.