Danny Ainge told WEEI it is highly unlikely — but not impossible — for the Boston Celtics to be players in the 2010 free agent class.
Ainge was asked if the Celtics had any chance of being a player with one of the marquee free agents this summer and said it would be doubtful but not out of the question. “The only way it would be possible would be a sign and trade, and that’s very unlikely. The only way we would be able to do it is if a player said, ‘I want to play in Boston, and I’m only going to play in Boston under any circumstances.’ … That team would have to believe that [the player was willing to sign for a midlevel exemption] and work out some sort of sign and trade to get that player more money.” Additionally, Ainge confirmed that the Celtics likely would have to entice the other team with a package of a player such as Ray Allen, with his huge contract, and a promising young player.
So first, Lebron James or Dwyane Wade or another star has to say, “Ya know what? I know it’s cold up there. I know Boston has been considered a racist place. I know it’s snowy, and that the Celtics’ future doesn’t look too terrific. But ya know what? I don’t want to be anyplace else.”
It’s not happening. Not a chance. The Celtics are going to have to find some other way to rebuild or reload after this season. Either that, or they’re going to have to find the fountain of youth.