The Boston Celtics suffered through a 25-57 season this year.
During the 2006-07 season, they had a year reminiscent of this, going 24-58. The Celtics, armed with a high first round pick, much like they will be this year, used their assets to acquire Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. A year later, they went 66-16 and won their 17th NBA title.
Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge is trying to duplicate that success.
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston has the scoop.
He’s far more certain of one thing, saying, “I’ll work my tail off to try to duplicate what we’ve done in the past.”
Ainge is equal parts confident and cautious. He knows his team has the assets to make deals — and he’s not afraid to make a bold move — but he also cautions that the league’s other 29 teams must be willing to do business as well.
“We’re hopeful,” said Ainge. “I have some ideas and some plans that I’d like to do, but there are just no guarantees that we can do it. We need to find good trading partners. We always are trying to make fireworks. Every summer, we try to do something that’s unique and special and we will definitely try this summer.”
Armed with a few movable contracts and several first round picks, the Celtics do have the ammunition to make a splash in the summer.