DATELINE: Stockpiling the Future Asset
Danny Ainge’s cockamamie plan is now clear.
He intends to trade every player on the team for future draft picks.
If another NBA team wants a player on the Celtics roster, Ainge will do what he can to accommodate a trade. Nothing will come back to Boston in return—only future considerations.
Like ghosts on the Outward Bound ship to the afterlife, the new Celtics will feature empty spots on the bench.
You may think the Celtics will be short-handed, having sent everyone who can score (or even play) to another team. That’s a mere technicality. All that would remain on the bench would be injured players and fans who think they can play better than the present roster.
If the Celtics have no players, there will be great cost savings on salary for the next two years. Ainge has discovered that future considerations do not require a monthly paycheck.
This could save the team about $75 million each season.
Since the Celtics play to lose just about every game on the schedule, this fits right in with a plan to divest the Celtics organization of everyone except Brad Stevens.
As a groundbreaking strategy, the Celtics would become the first team in the history of professional sports to have no one on the roster.
They would have plenty of speculation and fan input for what players would eventually don the green uniform in two or three years. The team could open the TD Garden doors every night for a guest high school team to come to play an NBA game.
Fans might not see much difference from what has been on the parquet so far this season.