Ainge's highly debated deadline deal of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson for Oklahoma City's Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic was ominous to some at the time. Now, it might be turning out as quite the nightmare for this franchise and its aging core.
"You're just making excuses for the Celtics," some might say.
After all, Kendrick Perkins only played 12 games this season for Boston, averaging seven points and eight rebounds, while looking understandably rusty. He was hurt at the beginning of the season, hurt at the trade deadline and was going to be asking for a sizable raise this offseason.
Boston was already old and tired. Ainge was just looking for the future. Besides, the Celtics have only won ONE title. That makes this group a winner, not a dynasty. It's fair game to make changes if they're not getting it done together.
This trade made sense because Jeff Green is a nice prospect whom the Celtics had already drafted and traded away in the 2007 Ray Allen deal. Plus, Nenad Kristic was a more offensively gifted center who balanced better with Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal.
While those are valid points, and were actually my justification for the deal back in February, (while I was trying to stop my head from spinning), it now appears that the naysayers WERE right after all.
Here's why the Heat can be thankful that Danny Ainge unwittingly demolished the very contender he had built just four years ago.