There is no such thing as a quick rebuild through the draft. Charlotte has been rebuilding since they entered the league. Sacramento has been rebuilding since 2006. Washington has been rebuilding since 2008. Minnesota has been rebuilding since 2007. Detroit has been rebuilding since 2008. Philly has been rebuilding since Iverson left.
All those teams still suck.
And the Celtics aren't the only team to recently go nuclear. Orlando, Philly, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Utah, and possibly Atlanta are all teams that may be going full remake at the same time Boston is and will add to teams like Sactown, Charlotte, New Orleans, Toronto and Washington that will just be bad teams next year.
All I see after this deal is a Celtic team with cap problems and a boat load of picks, none of which are guaranteed to be in the top 5-8 of any upcoming draft and none of which guarantee a player or players that will take this team anywhere in the next 5-7 years.
This deal is what it is, a plan to get really bad and hope to get lucky. Those type of plans can work out great if you get lucky. They can really suck if you do not get lucky. Just ask the people in Minny, Charlotte, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington, Portland, and other places that have tried this and seen it fail. Heck ask older Celtic fans about 1996 and 2007.
This is a deal and a plan. Whether it is a great deal and plan probably won't be known for about half a decade.
You nailed it. The majority of fans who want the "good old days" of Gerald Green, Bassy, Big Al, Allen Ray etc...were fans back then and all they know is "athletic basketball" not winning. Fans are very uneasy in this city cheering for a winning squad. But I'm done trying to get through to the pro blow it up crowd. It happened. Now becareful what you wish for...if this team some how makes an 8th seed this board will go full nuclear. That would be almost as good as getting Wiggins.
In my experience being a Celtics fan (50+ years) you and Nick are correct. I am hoping the ones who wanted a complete remake are correct "this time" and the old probabilities are no longer in effect...in other words, that history is wrong. This is a thing I do not want to be right about. In the past, however, it has been difficult enough to get good free agents to think of Boston as a destination (bad weather/high taxes0, without adding to a tanking and aiming for lottery, rebuilding team.
Maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that a lot of the posters who think Rondo will be the magnet to draw free agents are the same posters who last year said Rondo was the cause of our demise, that the team only improved after Rondo went down. If they were correct, why would anyone want to come play with Rondo?