So it seemed that once the Nets deal went through (which is seemingly finalized), the Celtics would be poised to rebuild their team in the next two to three years through draft picks and significant cap space (especially since Humphries’ contract expires after 2013-2014).
That is, until the Celtics shot themselves in the foot when they traded up for Olynyk.
Did they honestly think that Olynyk wasn’t going to be available three picks later? And did it ever occur to them that essentially trading three draft picks (this year’s pick and two second round picks next year) for the #13 pick was a little too much to give up? Can the Celtics front office even count?
I understand that if the Celtics trade KG, they need a big man. Fine. I get that.
1. Is Kelly Olynyk really your answer?
2. Most importantly, if you’re going to rebuild, re-effing-build. Don’t trade draft picks to move up to snag a player who, honestly, probably isn’t going to help your front-court, and who would have fallen into your lap anyways if you hadn’t traded up.
And with more of these moves that baffle the mind, the longer the rebuilding process is going to take for the Celtics. And that’s something that’s just fine for the Miami Heat (and the Nets, Bulls, Pacers, and Knicks).