Welcome to year 2 of the rebuild.

Team Name: Boston Celtics
Last Year’s Record: 25-57
Key Losses: Kris Humphries, Jerryd Bayless
Key Additions: Marcus Smart, Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, James Young

Rome wasn’t re-built in a day you know. As much as we’d love to have a quick fix bounce back to hanging banners season, the odds heavily favor of a longer process. Which means growing pains, a mismatched roster, and most likely a lot of losses.

Sure, there is always a chance that this team could gel perfectly and exceed everyone’s (including their own) expectations much like the Suns did a year ago. Or, more likely, they’ll make baby steps forward in a number of areas and perhaps a few steps back in others.

The ultimate goal is to win Championships, so whatever happens on this team is with an eye toward the future.

1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season?

A more interesting topic might be “what significant moves were NOT made during the offseason?”

The 4th of July came and went, yet there were no major fireworks in Waltham. Kevin Love ended up with LeBron James in Cleveland and the capped out Celtics couldn’t make much noise in free agency. Danny Ainge indicated that there were other deals he could have made which might have made the team marginally better (probably at the expense of some of our valued trade chips). But I’m guessing most of them were lateral moves and might have cost us too much in terms of future flexibility.

The “big” trade of the offseason that did happen was using the trade exception from the Paul Pierce deal to pick up Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, and a future first round pick. They also …read more