I still have yet to hear anyone state how this trade makes sense for the Celtics.
It's all about aquiring young assets for a guy who won't be worth anything to the Celtics in a year or two, when he retires. If you believe the Celtics have a decent chance at winning the title this year, or next, as currently constructed, then you are against this deal. Otherwise, it's a no brainer.
For me, it's about winning championships, as soon as I believe there is no chance to win as currently constructed, it's time to begin rebuilding, and gear up for that next title. This trade would net the Celtics two young talents, that clearly, in two years, will make the Celtics better than if they just keep KG and let him retire a Celtic.
It's also not necessarily a slap in the face for KG. Who wouldn't want to improve their chance of winning a title before he retires. In L.A, he would certainly do that.
I will restate my earlier point: I have yet to hear how this trade makes any sense for the Celtics.
I will also expand on your points. Little do you discuss how valuable KG is to this franchise, how ANY Celtic team with him on it is considerably closer to winning a championship than without him. You state that the trade is a "no brainer" once you have concluded that the Celtics cannot win a title as currently constructed, which I am assuming you believe.
There are maybe 2-3 teams in the entire league whose fan bases can wake up tomorrow and say "we can win a title." So, by your logic, all of these teams should be following the same path this proposed Celtics trade is following - dumping their best players for whatever else some team will give them, so long as it is different and young and an asset and all that crap.
KG is not Antoine Walker. He is not Kendrick Perkins. He is not even Ray Allen. He is without question the most important player this franchise has had for at least the last 6 years, arguably since Larry Bird. He is still playing at a high level, still leading a defense that can put up near-historic defensive statistics, and the team is still highly dependent on him every night. He is the center-piece of a squad that NO TEAM wants to face in the playoffs, and that includes the defending champions with the 3-time MVP who is playing at his all-time best right now.
So no, this is not some "no brainer" deal, as you put it. Maybe the Celtics have a 1% chance of winning the title. Trading away the heart and soul that gets us that 1%, for a couple border-line starters who may or may not make this franchise any better in the long run is by no means a "no brainer."
I would much rather watch this great Hall of Fame player every day for as long as he wants to play.
DeAndre Jordan??? Please.