Tonight will mark the first time Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will play at TD Center without a Celtics jersey because of the blockbuster summer trade. Before the Brooklyn-Celtics match, The Boston Globe caught up with President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge for his thoughts on the trade.
Ainge admitted that one of the reasons why he decided to go through with the trade was because he thought the Celtics weren't going to get any better with the aging stars.
I didn’t think that Paul and KG could carry us like they had for the five or six years previous. We were a team, I felt, that was destined to mediocrity as opposed to excellence with those guys. And especially with [Rajon] Rondo being out and so forth, it was going to be a long year for us with those two guys at the stage of their careers.
The Celtics certainly weren't going to be top three in the conference with that core, so it's an understandable statement. Ainge says he thought both teams would've benefited from the trade. It obviously didn't go as planned for the Nets with the injuries and terrible season start hampering Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's immediate championship hopes. At 15-30, the Celtics aren't doing so hot either.
So was the trade worth it? Ainge doesn't know quite yet: "You’ve got to do what you think is best for your franchise at the time, whether it’s making a trade for the advantage of salary, or making a trade to project a younger player into a bigger role that would’ve been difficult had you not made a trade. There’s just a lot of factors that go into trades."
[via Boston Globe]