The Boston Celtics have been one of the busiest teams in the NBA regarding pulling off massive trades and free agency signings to retool their roster almost yearly it seems.
It all started with trading for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, forming the big three in Boston alongside Paul Pierce which won the NBA title in 2008. Fast forward to August of 2017, and the Celtics are still pulling off major moves, trading for Cavaliers’ superstar Kyrie Irving.
The one thing in common between those two moves, plus every one in between? Danny Ainge orchestrated all of them.
SBNation’s Kristian Winfield has run through exactly how the Celtics went from Paul Pierce all the way to Kyrie Irving in only 5 trades, starting off of course with Boston’s highway robbery of the Brooklyn Nets and their entire future.
“In exchange for two years of middling play from Pierce and Garnett, the Nets’ mortgaged their future, giving Boston the picks it needed to both compete in the present and build for the future.”
Winfield explains every other major move the Celtics made between 2013 and now that led to acquiring Uncle Drew from Cleveland, including moving Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks in 2014 and grabbing Isaiah Thomas from the Suns in 2015 for almost nothing.
“Between Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix had more point guards than it could handle. Thomas wanted a bigger role and the Suns couldn’t give it to him…
“Thomas became an all-star and one of the league’s most feared fourth-quarter scorers in Boston. He also became the central piece of the deal that landed Irving in Boston.”
Check out Kristian’s breakdown in full here.