In 2003, the Celtics hired Danny Ainge to the position of Executive Director of Basketball Operations. Essentially, Ainge was in charge of creating the Celtics' roster and other various basketball operations. Ainge was originally drafted out of Brigham Young University by the Celtics in 1981 with the 31st overall pick. He was a a member of two champion teams (1984 and 1986) and even made the All-Star team in 1988.
As the Celtics' general manager, Ainge has been very active over the years and only one player remains on the roster since his takeover in 2003 (Paul Pierce). During his time, the Celtics have made the playoffs five out of seven years, which includes four division titles, two conference titles, and one NBA championship.
Things haven't always gone well for Ainge. He initially struggled with remaking the Celtics and many fans (including myself) had turned on him. This slideshow will take a look back at his worst moves as general manager, in no particular order. Obviously some moves are more absurd than others, but I'll allow you to decide that.
Tomorrow, we'll examine his five best moves as GM of the Celtics.