The Boston Celtics have won four straight games after star point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a torn ACL. However, with an opportunity to build towards the future with the present bleak, they should blow up their current roster. Here are the five biggest reasons why the Celtics need to rebuild and retool this season.
Garnett is 36 years old. He’s averaging 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. His PER (Player Efficiency Rating) is currently sitting at 19.0, which would be his worst since the 1996-97 season.
Garnett’s contract will expire when he turns 39 years old, and he’ll be making over $10 million per year over the next two seasons.
Bledsoe is an electrifying young talent who can pair with Avery Bradley in the backcourt until Rondo comes back. Butler’s contract expires the same time as Garnett, but he’s making $2 million less per season over that span. Getting those pieces for an aging big man would be a steal for the Celtics.
Admittedly, trading Pierce would be the most unpopular move the Celtics can make since he’s been with them his entire career. However, if they want to field a competitive team in the next couple of years, it’s the right move to make.
It’s not like putting Pierce on the market is a shocker though, as the Celtics almost dealt him during the 2012 trade deadline. This time around it makes sense, especially since Pierce could have some trouble on offense without Rondo giving him open space.
A couple teams in the Western Conference could trade for Pierce to put them into the top-tier. Would the Utah Jazz be willing to give up Derrick Favors or Enes Kanter for Pierce? What about the Golden State Warriors parting ways with Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson?
Now I’m not saying these trades will happen, but if the Celtics can get a blue-chip player like one of those four, it’ll be a great help towards the future.
Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger are two of the players that the Celtics are looking to build around in the future. However, they should give each of them more playing time to see if they can lead the team in a couple of years.
Bradley made a big impact for the Celtics last season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. It was clear that the Celtics missed him against the Miami Heat in the playoffs after he suffered a season-ending injury. Bradley however, played really well on offense when Pierce and Garnett were on the bench (themarsreel.com).
Sullinger certainly had his red flags leading up to the draft, which is why the Celtics were able to grab him late in the first round. He had to get season-ending back surgery a couple days ago (Boston.com), but he still had a solid rookie season.
He shot over 49 percent from the field and averaged 5.9 rebounds in fewer than 20 minutes per game. Sullinger needs to have a bigger role next season for the Celtics to figure out if he’s the real deal.
Even with a healthy Rondo, it would have been really tough for the Celtics to compete with the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks. Both teams are younger and can outscore the Celtics on a regular basis.
Now without their star point guard, the Celtics are essentially looking at being the seventh or eighth seed in the playoffs. That will most likely line them up for a first-round playoff matchup with the Heat or the Knicks. If that’s their upside with Pierce and Garnett, they need to rebuild and retool so they can be the dominant team after the Heat and Knicks start to age.
With Ray Allen on the Heat and Rondo out for the season, the Celtics simply lack the star power to compete for an NBA Championship.
The Celtics signed Jason Terry over the offseason to replace Ray Allen. However, Terry is shooting under 36 percent from three-point land, his worst mark in nine years. Additionally, the fact that he’s playing fewer than 30 minutes a night and that he’s creeping up in age doesn’t help either.
The Celtics need to acquire and groom talented young players to form a new Big Three 3 because their current one is outdated. It was a great run, it’s just time to move on.