So I listened to Boston Celtics Basketball Podcast a while ago, and they have Ian Thomsen from SI as a guest.
(I downloaded the Boston Celtics Podcast, it's there if you guys want to listen)
He explained that there might not be a deal that would bring a worthwhile value for Paul Pierce and he thinks the C's are better off having the guys that we have right now to play more and learn whatever they can from KG and Paul and give it another go next year.
With this I revisit my brother's tanking idea which I posted a day ago. I understand that it's a very disgusting way to end the season, but the more I think about it, and with Thomsen's take on as to what we can get for Pierce, it's starting to make sense to me.
We have players that are under contract for 2-3 years. We also have some young guys in Bradley, Sully and Fab Melo to some extent. I pose the scenario, what if we somehow do what the Warriors did?
DA talks to Doc, KG, Pierce. Tells them "we will give it one FINAL run next year when Rajon is healthy, but for this season I think we should let the others play more minutes for reasons being:
a.) save up KG and Paul for next year.
b.) get the young guys to get more of a burn, see what they really have when they play significant chunk of minutes.
c.) a risk/reward of increasing or decreasing trade value of the other guys who can be assets for the next year.
d.) more importantly, get a lottery pick."
Again, I understand some of you guys might think tanking is unacceptable, I do so as well. But with what Thomsen said about the value of Paul in the market, and what he means to the franchise, why bother trading Pierce if we're not going to get anything significant that would either help us now, or the next year, seems like this idea makes sense for us.
It goes against every basketball fiber of mine that a team should tank, I think tanking is dirty tactic. But now, I'm not sure. The Warriors seemed to have things worked out when Steph went out for almost a year in getting Barnes and not and keeping the core together, it could probably work for us. But it's tanking, it feels dirty...
Please help me?