Danny Ainge made makes an attempt to get well from one other tough offseason the place the Celtics misplaced a key contributor in Gordon Hayward and entered the season with a roster exception to exchange him. The staff ultimately added Evan Fournier, a superb match whose entrance acquired derailed by COVID, then changed a struggling Moe Wagner with Jabari Parker in hope of a resurgence.
These strikes could pay dividends subsequent 12 months, however neither got here near saving the Celtics this season and in some methods exacerbated the teams demise as soon as Robert Williams III bumped into accidents following Daniel Theis’ departure. Boston’s younger depth couldn’t step up and the season seems headed for a immediate end subsequent week.
Gary Washburn took purpose at Danny Ainge and Boston’s entrance workplace whereas most look to Brad Stevens following a disappointing common season that landed the Celtics in within the play-in match. Washburn joined Celtics Beat Podcast on CLNS Media to advocate to shake up Boston’s teaching and entrance workplace staffs.
“I’m not a part of the hearth Brad contingent, as a result of I believe he’s bringing knives to a gun battle … (however) the Celtics have to start out altering their philosophy,” Washburn stated. “They must pad their roster with veterans, they must eliminate guys they can not use … Danny has so as to add some folks to his employees, no extra Austin and Zarren. You bought to interrupt up the band. It was a superb run, it may well’t be the household affair anymore.”
Washburn identified latest Celtics draft misses, together with Mattisse Thybulle and Desmond Bane, who Boston chosen and traded away. Brandon Clarke went after Grant Williams, with Ainge navigating into place to choose and assure cash to Carsen Edwards.
Worse, Washburn argued, Boston held onto these gamers as a substitute of discovering veterans and different younger gamers to exchange them. Washburn sees rival groups just like the Nets and Warmth discovering unsung expertise like Mike James and Duncan Robinson, whereas investing in veterans like Trevor Ariza and Dewayne Dedmon.
“Get some guys in your group who know the league, higher expertise evaluators, and guys who can assess and draft higher,” Washburn stated. “Cease having this Celtics manner factor the place you flip your nostril up at guys like Ariza and guys who can actually assist you … the Lakers introduced in Ben McLemore … final 12 months they acquired Markieff Morris … in the meantime the Celtics have Semi Ojeleye, Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford.”
Washburn famous that all the 2019 draft class continues to be right here and relied upon with minimal contributions in return. Ainge used probably the most picks within the NBA between 2016-2020, with numerous alternatives to consolidate them, to the purpose the place the Celtics needed to begin buying and selling them away for little return as a result of they don’t have sufficient roster spots.
Paul Pierce, he argued, is amongst numerous names that might enter Boston’s entrance workplace and supply completely different concepts as soon as the mud settles on his departure from ESPN. On each the sideline and within the entrance workplace, Washburn desires to see NBA veterans who received that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can believe in and join with.
“You want good choice makers,” he stated. “Some younger selections makers within the entrance workplace that don’t have that ‘we solely do it this manner’ form of mentality, so you may draft higher.”