Burke: ‘Evil’ Danny Ainge must return for Celtics to become contenders again

Celtics boss Danny Ainge needs to get creative in a hurry. (Getty Images)
Celtics boss Danny Ainge needs to get creative in a hurry. (Getty Images)

It’s at times like this that Danny Ainge needs to behave like the snake that Antoine Walker once declared him to be.

This summer, Ainge needs to promise Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce that they are part of the Celtics’ future.

“Whatever you want, guys! You call the shots around here!”

He needs to promise them that they will be Celtics as long as they both shall live.

“Hell, play here until you’re 50! We don’t care! Wyc and I love you two too much to see you go!”

Of course, after they both accept, Ainge should then turn around and trade Pierce at next February’s NBA trade deadline for something, ANYTHING of the young variety, and then ask Garnett if he wants to play the last few months of his career rebuilding without his buddy Paul in Boston or if he wants to play for a legit title contender in the spring of 2014.

Unlike this past February, Ainge should force Garnett’s hand in order for the Celtics to get something, ANYTHING in return.

As it stands now, and has been the case for a few years now, this is still the Celtics’ best shot at building towards another title: get younger by trading off the big contracts of the NBA elderly. The C’s brass already failed to do so with Ray Allen, letting him go for nothing and they are now dangerously close to doing the same with Garnett and Pierce.

Yes, there is another route proposed by many: let Garnett retire gracefully this summer and buy out Pierce. Unfortunately, that scenario won’t clear Boston’s books in the least bit. The Celtics still won’t have any wiggle room with what should be a $59 million cap next year, even if Pierce and Garnett’s contracts are “gone.” Hopes of bringing back Al Jefferson or signing Rajon Rondo’s buddy, Josh Smith, are all but dashed given the way the C’s finances are presently constructed. Rondo, Jason Terry and Brandon Bass are all signed through 2015. Jeff Green and Courtney Lee are here even longer. Unless Ainge can find multiple NBA office suckers, this money problem isn’t going away.

So, once again, for what seems like the 25th year in a row, the Celtics are being all but forced to get the band back together. Ainge should have dealt Pierce and Garnett at this past year’s trade deadline if for no other reason than both of their values were high. The Celtics boss hinted that the proposals he was getting in return for Pierce and Garnett weren’t anything great, but he has to remember that every single day that PP and KG inch closer to the age of 40, that value takes a hit. He needs to be a realist. Nine months from now those proposed deals are sure to be weaker, but Ainge has to get something, ANYTHING, for them this time around.

If that means, conning No. 5 and No. 34 into coming back for one more hopeful joyride in 2013-14, so be it.

Follow Metro Boston sports editor and columnist Matt Burke on Twitter: @BurkeMetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

South Korea ferry disaster: captain's actions 'tantamount to…

The captain and some crew members of the sunken South Korean passenger ferry Sewol have been accused of 'murderous acts' by their own president, after…

News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.