Trade Deadline Scaries: Boston Celtics’ Future in Jeopardy

A true double whammy has hit Boston in a matter of a couple minutes. Several reports have been released that threaten the Celtics’ chances at a championship any time soon.

Recently, Kyrie Irving was asked by reporters if he would be re-signing with Boston this offseason. He answered like a true politician. We have no more information than we started with, but for some reason, it seemed very ominous. In dodging the question, he said, “Ask me July 1.” Then, “I don’t owe anybody s***.” And last, “Obviously Boston is still at the head of that race.” Absolutely nothing answers.

On October 4th, 2018, Kyrie said to Celtics fans at the TD Garden that he wants to re-sign. Now, he isn’t so sure. Irving even said he would want to play with LeBron again. The NBA is turning into a soap opera, especially as we approach the trade deadline. We already knew that Ainge wasn’t going to deal Kyrie by the trade deadline. Danny doesn’t believe in mid-season trades even if it would help the team win a championship.

It is no secret that any team other than the Warriors winning the NBA title is almost impossible. No team will be able to take Golden State down until someone builds a competitive super team or Durant and Klay leave this offseason. Anthony Davis could be traded at any second, but Pelicans GM Dell Demps isn’t picking up his phone… Certainly any team that gets AD would become a super team. Unfortunately, the Celtics can’t get Davis until the offseason because of the Rose Rule.

So, why would Kyrie have such a change of heart?

Well, I assume it has something to do with another report that came out moments earlier. According to Shams, Anthony Davis does not want to go to Boston. He sees them as just a rental and never a long-term destination. He would not be there for more than a year. Now, I would not put a lot of faith in a publication that literally calls themselves a sham, but the timing of these reports should scare my fellow Celtics fans. They for sure scare the hell out of me.

Kyrie and AD are both in “win-now” mode. They both want what is best for their careers. Money does not seem to be a deciding factor in where they play next year. I am normally never this pessimistic about the Celtics, but there is something so eerie about what is happening right now. The Trade Deadline Scaries are getting to me.

One thing is for sure though. No matter who is on the Celtics, Brad Stevens will make us competitive and keep us in in the Eastern Conference Finals conversation every year.

So Kyrie Wants a Veteran?

If you have been on Twitter for more than 30 seconds this week, you’ve seen the rumors that Carmelo Anthony has played his last game in Houston. Didn’t expect him to be made the scapegoat so soon, but here we are. What you may not have heard is all the rumors about where he could end up. In the midst of all the water cooler talk, Kyrie Irving made a comment following a loss to the Trailblazers that has my fellow Celtics fans in a tizzy. He said, “…Right now I think that it would be nice if we had someone that was a 15-year vet, 14-year vet, that could just kind of help us race along the regular season and help us understand that it’s a long marathon rather than just a full-on sprint.” Sounds a lot like he wants Melo. I trusted you, Kyrie. Why do you want to do that to us?

Look, Kyrie, my man, I agree a veteran would help us out, but can I suggest a couple other options that aren’t Melo? Wait, don’t answer I’m already doing it:

  1. Vince Carter– This dude has been in the league since it’s conception and is still putting up numbers. Being 41 years old, I thought he would be playing in the BIG 3 League, but Vinsanity is still dunking in traffic. He deserves a ring and if we want a veteran, he is the guy we should be going for.
  2. Dirk Nowitzki- No way he leaves Dallas, but who wouldn’t want the guy who single handedly beat LeBron’s Miami Heat team? He is the best veteran out there and would no doubt be a great addition. 
  3. Jamal Crawford– 3-time 6th Man of the Year and the 2018 Twyman Stokes Teammate of the Year awards winner. So a guy who not only is used to coming off the bench and is great when he does, but also is ready with a high-5 any time someone else comes off the court. Quality guy. 
  4. Manu Ginobili– Brad Stevens may be able to get him out of retirement. Worth a shot, right? He could play well into his 90’s and has all the playoff experience.
  5. Jose Calderon– Clearly an amazing player. Weird how the Cavaliers started losing once he left.
  6. Kyle Korver– Already used to being carried to the Finals. And boy, do the Celtics love to shoot 3’s.
  7. Tyson Chandler– Doing okay with the Lakers right now. Even had a game winning block. Not sure if he has any playoff experience, but would be a good hype man.
  8. Dwayne Wade– I don’t know anyone that would leave Miami for Boston in the middle of the month of November for less than a cool couple mill. Also not sure if he would be okay with not starting. Just an idea.
  9. Tracy McGrady– How awesome would it be if we reunited cousins Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter for a championship? He’s only 39, but I don’t think Tracy has knees anymore. Let’s bring him on as a Kendrick Perkins type where he just breaks up fights and we can give him a ring if we win.
  10. Kendrick Perkins– We can bring on Kendrick Perkins on as a Kendrick Perkins type (see above). What a reunion that would be.