Warning: this is a rant. I have finally gotten over The Trade. Or, I had. Then the Celtics front office lied to us, again, and elicited disgust from somewhere deep within my soul. The monster rests temporarily, but Danny Ainge and now Wyc Grousbeck know how to shake it back alive.
A short while ago, when Danny Ainge called Jeff Green Boston’s most efficient player in the playoffs, I cringed. Then I checked the stats and, lo and behold, Green wasn’t even close, at least by any normal measure of efficiency. Now, Wyc Grousbeck says the Celtics didn’t need Jeff Green this postseason; they needed four Jeff Greens. (WEEI)
When asked about the trade of Kendrick Perkins, Grousbeck said he felt Perkins was not the difference in losing to the Heat. “I love Perk, but I don’t think our issue was guarding their 5 spot,” he said. “Our issue was guarding their 2, 3 and 4. So, not only did we need Jeff Green, we needed about three more of him.”
Was Perkins the difference in the Heat series? No, at least not directly. The center position wasn’t their problem; the problem was that Miami was younger, more athletic, and owned the NBA’s two best players. Then again, if the Celtics had never made the trade, maybe they would have won home court advantage or even the one seed, and then maybe things would have been different.
If you’re a fan of the trade, please tell me: what did the Celtics ever get from Jeff Green or Nenad Krstic, besides a couple points per game and a few black eyes? If the Celtics had played with four Jeff Greens on the court, the result would have been a 48 minute layup line for Miami, a 67-8 rebounding deficit each game for Boston, and five broken television sets that I either A) kicked, B) struck with a baseball bat, or C) tossed out the nearest window.
Don’t worry, though, folks. The Celtics are prepared to ink Green to an extension this summer.
“At this point now, we have the rights to Jeff Green that we will pick up and extend,” said Grousbeck.
Here comes the television throw. Wait, he’s restrained himself. Maybe this is a new Jay King. (Or, maybe he doesn’t have any televisions left because he’s already damaged them all.)
As if saying the Celtics needed four Jeff Greens against the Heat (ugh) wasn’t enough pro-Celtics propaganda, Grousbeck also said Perkins had rejected the highest offer Boston could give him and thus wouldn’t have returned to Boston. Either Grousbeck really doesn’t know the rules, or he’s flat-out attempting to mislead Celtics fans. Probably the latter. Yes, Perkins turned down the highest extension Boston could offer him during the season. But he could have signed up to a maximum deal in Boston this summer. The Celtics would have been risking losing Perkins, but re-signing him wasn’t a lost cause. Actually, all signs indicated that Perkins would return to Boston.
“I think about this every day,” he told me in February. “I tell my wife that I just can’t picture myself anywhere but Boston.”
A couple weeks later, Perkins was traded. Months after that, the Celtics are still trying to convince us the trade was a good one, despite a lot of evidence saying it wasn’t and almost no evidence saying it was. When the trade was made, the Celtics were the Eastern Conference’s number one seed and a title favorite. Now, they’re spending time fishing and watching the Eastern Conference Finals on TV. Oh, and they’re trying to re-sign Green long-term, and they’re trying to convince anyone gullible enough that doing that actually makes sense. (In all fairness, it could make sense. But only if his market value is low. Because Jeff Green, unless he uses this offseason to become someone he has never been, is not the type of player you want to commit real money to.)
Before I end this post, I’ll leave you with one more Grousbeck gem:
“Where the plan fell short is Shaq not being able to come back,” he said . “We thought he could.”
Yes, because it’s always best to entrust the season’s success in the hands of a 350-pound, 39-year old, oft-injured player who was already down with an injury at the time of the trade.
Four Jeff Greens. Imagine that.
Just let the monster rest, Celtics. Your lies and propaganda aren’t convincing anyone.