With consistent questions arising as to the legitimacy of this highly-touted 2014 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics must look harder and harder on the free-agent market to avoid a second year of bottoming out.
There are a lot of reasons why it would be unwise for the Celtics to wait out another year of losing before making a big move to improve drastically. Rajon Rondo, for one, will be a free agent after next season and two straight years of meaningless games won't sit well with him when it comes time to explore his other options.
Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley are young, impressionable players who Boston shouldn't want experiencing all this losing. If those guys are to be a part of this franchise's successful future, the Celtics should try to shelter them from answering tanking questions on a nightly basis.
On top of all that, Boston has a fragile fanbase locally right now. They have fallen out of favor among talk radio in Boston, which shapes public opinion more than anything. Also, eyes are fleeing the hardwood for the wildly successful Boston Bruins, Red Sox and New England Patriots.
For all those reasons, the Celtics free-agency big board has become an increasingly important item.