It's never too early for predictions, especially when discussing a Boston Celtics team in full rebuilding mode.
Nobody quite knows what Boston's final roster will look like by training camp, never mind the opening tip of 2013-14. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge has a plethora of young talent, a couple of major positional logjams and frankly, no clue whatsoever who will comprise his starting lineup in October.
How could he? Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be gone as of July 12, departing with Jason Terry for greener pastures, a.k.a. the Brooklyn Nets. The weekend will be the culmination of a three-week wait after Ainge pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade involving the veterans for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and a bevy of draft picks (it couldn't be approved until the three-month period elapsed on Joseph's contract).
Long story short, Boston has no “Big Ticket,” no “Truth” and no “Jet.” In fact, players with nicknames are few and far between at this point. And so are the acquisitions.
The Celtics will apparently grab Brazilian big man Vitor Faverani. Have no fear: If the deal goes through, TD Garden will be graced with two years of a big Portuguese guy called “El Hombre Indestructible” (the Indestructible Man). Well, he may not be able to score with the best of them, but Ainge will take the indestructible part, considering Rajon Rondo is still rehabbing his knee and Jared Sullinger had back surgery in February.
Still stuck with a bloated payroll and excess players, Ainge will certainly wheel and deal some more prior to the summer's end. But for the sake of good fun, let's engage in some way-too-early starting lineup prognostications for the coming season.