Boston Celtics Keep Getting Older: Danny Ainge Now Interested in Grant Hill

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 8, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 22:  Grant Hill #33 of the Phoenix Suns walks across the court in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center on April 22, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.  The Spurs won 102-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge has signed 34-year-old center/power forward, North Carolina graduate Rasheed Wallace, making an already pretty old team older.

Now the Celtics are apparently interested in 36-year-old guard Grant Hill. The Duke grad will add veteran leadership to the Celtics' bench.

But why on Earth is Danny Ainge continually signing or acquiring veteran players who're just going to keep the team old?

During the Celtics' dynasties of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the Celtics had newer better players constantly coming in. Players who started and ended their basketball careers with the Celtics.

Ainge is hustling in a new era of Celtics pride, but this one I don't agree with.

The Celtics are doing the polar opposite of what Red Auerbach was doing in the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

Personally, I'd rather the Celtics be terrible for a few more years to beef up are young talent via the draft, so then the Celts can rattle off three or four championships in a row.

Anyway, last season Hill averaged 12.0 points per game, with 4.7 assists per game, and 4.9 rebounds per game. Wallace also averaged 12.0 PPG, with 7.4 RPG, and 1.4 APG.


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