Danny Ainge has spent two years collecting draft picks like a teenage girl collects Valentines.
Now he dismisses the entire concept of draft picks as overhyped.
He never had any intention of picking a new rising star. The Celtics don’t care about that—and their refusal to “tank” has proven that, much to the consternation of media insiders who don’t know anything about the Celtics strategy—even when it looks right at them.
Danny Ainge has already proved his template for success. This summer he will trade draft picks for superstars. He did it before, and he will do it again.
People seem to forget he created instant champions when he procured Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. He will be scouring the ranks of other teams and sending them draft lottery Valentines to win the best players possible.
Rebuilding with a lottery star takes years and is a crap shoot.
Winning with proven stars merely takes creating some chemistry in preseason. Danny has some experience in discerning what players will get along with what players.
He knows who wants to be in the Rondo camp—and if the cannot find stars of that proclivity, he may send Rondo packing and restock with chemically altered superstars.
Danny already has his young stars—Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. Jelly O’Sully is the tandem that will be at the core. A year under their belts will make them the reason a championship is around the corner.
Perhaps Paul Pierce will return to give more shape to the proceedings.
Brad Stevens is now the magician and alchemist who will take what Danny gives and weave it into the gold standard of instant championship.