Iceberg Slim wrote:
I agree with you on some fronts. I wouldn't mind trading Rondo for value. But he's too good in the long term considering the Celts are like the Lakers, they have to be good more times than not. They can be back to prominence by 2015.
therealdeal wrote:^ Maintaining playoff position while rebuilding is almost an oxymoron. Why bother? It'll just affect the value of your pick negatively for a rebuild.
Might as well really suck. If they wanted to seriously rebuild, they'd trade Rondo for picks and expirings too. Maybe Green if they could get a team to bite on that contract as well.
Them being a "playoff" team really speaks to the Leastern Conference being top heavy. But I compliment them because why be unbearable to watch to your fan base? Additionally, those 3 first round picks being good or not pertain to how good/bad Brooklyn turns out...they come from them. By 2016, that train will probably be off the tracks in Brooklyn, certainly by 2018. Shelf-life is short considering the ages of the veterans.
From what I understand about Brooklyn's 2014 pick it's protected to Atlanta still from their Joe Johnson trade. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but I think if it ends up being higher than Atlanta's, they can switch the picks. That puts a little dent in the pick, but it'll still be an extra first rounder in a deep draft, so I understand that.
But I'm referring to their own 2014 first round pick. The better they are, the worse their own pick gets. And like you pointed out, in a weak Eastern Conference they're going to have a hard time really doing poorly enough to get one of those really great picks at the top of the draft. I think what they're doing is great for a rebuild, but they could go even further if they wanted to.
Unless of course they feel so strongly about Rondo that they keep him around for this. I have a feeling he's going to want out though when this season starts rolling and the team isn't very successful. He's a feisty guy who likes to compete for Championships. I'm not sure he'll be okay with sticking to a rebuilding team.