|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 16, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Danny Ainge is setting a record for trades this summer. Just when you think he could be done, he pulls off another trade. This trade was for luxury tax reasons. Danny didn't pickup Shav's guaranteed contract on August 1st, and that was a sign for things to come. The owners don't want to pay luxury tax for a team that won't contend for a banner. Danny had to look for an easy smart move that made sense. He did just that. Fab Melo wasn't spectacular by any means. With the Celtics drafting Olynyk, and with Sully back in the mix. With that, the Celtics experiment ended.
Danny made a simple move to keep the Celtics below the dreaded tax line, and that was priority one with this move. You can catch some of the details from my first post yesterday.
I can't say that my heat breaks after this trade. I wasn't in love with his progress so far, and he's a project that didn't show any signs, that's my opinion. Maybe Ainge felt the same way.
The Fab Melo era is over (before it really even began). A handful of lingering thoughts after the Boston Celtics traded the second-year center to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday in exchange for the nonguaranteed contract of Donte Green:
Maybe Danny did this move for one reason,and not because he didn't believe in Melo. Greene's $1,027,424 salary for 2013-14 is un-guaranteed. That's huge because Melo's $1,311,240 salary is guaranteed. The Celtics are currently ~$800,000 over the luxury tax and badly want to get below it. By making this deal and cutting Greene, they would temporarily get $500,000 below the tax. This move was cap relief so they don't go over the luxury tax. Smart move by Danny.
Danny got this task out of the way. It was like the weekend, and you had errands to run, but you wanted to relax and have fun. I think most assumed that Danny would look elsewhere to shed cash. Maybe unloading one of those contracts that don't favor the Celtics. But if you thought it would be one of the former Net players, then you will have to wait.The Celtics can't combine Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, or MarShon Brooks in a trade with other players until September 12. They also can't trade Keith Bogans in a trade until December 15. We also know about the 10 million dollar trade exception. The Fab move allows Danny to relax. He's at the point where he's save the franchise money. It doesn't sound like a lot, but he dogged the repeat offender luxury tax. That would have coasted the Celtics millions of dollars.
This move allows Danny to become more flexible if another trade comes his way. I don't see Ainge walking away from looking for deals this summer. He's been busy already, but when your building for the future, sometimes you need to work that much harder. With that said, I feel like the big time trades and franchise changing
moves will have to wait. The Celtics could be trading more players at the deadline to either help playoff teams, or to help their draft chances, or future.