It's very possible that (l-r) Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries won't remain as Celtics for the full season.
The moment after the blockbuster trade was completed and Boston’s roster was evaluated, my conclusion was the Celtics weren’t that bad.
The roster lacked balance with no true center at the time and six guards. But individually the players have certain skills that are valuable. If head coach Brad Stevens can replicate his collegiate over-achieving success at the pro level, he could get the best out of some of these players:
Kris Humphries was a reliable double-double machine as recently as 2011-12. A player that goes all-out like Gerald Wallace does every night is the kind of player every team wants on its roster. During his rookie season, MarShon Brooks showed promise as an instant offense scorer.
And if Stevens can get the best out of all of his players, they will become more valuable in trades.
None of the Brooklyn four will ever have their number hanging from the rafters. Maybe half of them won’t finish the season with Boston. Their long-term value to a rebuilding team isn’t high.
What they could do is bring in more young talent and draft picks when flipped to contending teams or franchises that want to shed salary.
No one is off limits. Even though Ainge said to The Boston Globe he’s building around Rondo, Ainge will listen to every offer. And if some team knocks Ainge’s socks off with an irresistible offer, Ainge will pull the trigger.
So don’t get attached to anyone. Bradley, already appealing for his defense, would really up his value if he contributes offensively nightly. Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk would look nice coming off a contender’s bench. And because the 2014 draft could be deep at the small forward position, Ainge could move Jeff Green in anticipation of selecting Green’s replacement.
Most of the players are solid players. But if Ainge can exchange anyone or package a few players to put the Celtics in position to add a franchise player or two, he will make the trade.
The trade deadline is February 20th, 2014.