The Boston Celtics need help. Like a lot of help. And they need it now.
At present, the Rajon Rondo-led Celtics find themselves two games under .500 and a half-game away from falling out of the Eastern Conference's playoff picture entirely.
Is that what Danny Ainge and company had in mind when they assembled a team that was supposed to be deeper, faster and more talented than the one they had last year?
Boston was supposed to contend for a title this season. On the heels of a playoff performance that saw it push the Miami Heat to the brink and come within one victory of an NBA Finals appearance, this campaign was supposed to be marked by progress.
Instead, it's been a season of regression, one that has seen the Celtics stumble both defensively and offensively.
Nearly halfway into the season, it has become clear the answers to all Boston's questions are not on the roster. Thus, it's time for the Celtics to search outside themselves for players who can help salvage their season.
And while it's intriguing to fathom how Boston would fare with players like DeMarcus Cousins in tow, the Celtics are limited both financially and in terms of tangible assets. Essentially, this forces Boston to search for bargain-priced players who won't cost an arm and a Rondo to acquire.
Do such talents even exist?
Luckily for the Celtics, they do.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of December 31, 2012.