It always makes me laugh when people on this board continue to act like Ainge traded value for Garnett and Allen.
That's just not true, in any legitimate sense of the word, and to use that gross distortion to justify blowing this team up right now is a falsehood of the first order.
Garnett and Allen were available for pennies on the dollar. Ainge traded two things of value - the 5th pick in the draft, and to a lesser extent the one-horse pony that is Al Jefferson.
Ainge's genius was NOT in accumulating "assets," as so many like to dub the bags of trash we shipped out for Garnett and Allen - it was in being ready when two franchises were holding fire sales for HOFers.
Unless someone's got a couple of franchises at the ready to fire sale their own HOFers again, this notion that shipping out HOFers for guards who can't shoot, badly limited centers on overpriced contracts, et al. is about as illogical as you could possibly get.
Coach, your posts are always so uplifting.
But what the heck is a one-horse pony?
As far as tricks go, Big Al has the post offense, a decent little 12-15 ft jumper, rebounding, and some shot blocking. He can't move his feet on defense like he can on offense, but the kid has talent. He might be overpaid, but he's not being paid for nothing.
He was considered the best low post player around under 30, and he went to be coached by McHale. It was a pretty good move for a CTRL+ALT+DEL for Minny, which was going nowhere.
What teams are going nowhere and need a reboot?
With only Bradley left as a healthy, talented, rookie contract guy and no sizable expirings, and no high or lottery picks in the foreseeable future, we're definitely in a different position. Getting HOF talent is quite unlikely. Getting star talent isn't likely either, but Ainge has a knack for not letting things go.