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DeAndre Jordan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love will all play at the TD Garden this season. Just not for the Celtics.

Nevertheless, the Celtics have had a quietly successful offseason, bringing in quality talent while not taking a major cap hit.

The acquisitions of David Lee and Amir Johnson are the most apparent of those under the radar moves. In fact, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders considers the addition of Johnson one of the most underrated of the entire offseason.
Johnson will certainly improve Boston’s frontcourt by producing on both ends of the court and doing the little things that make a team better, but he’s a great signing for financial reasons as well. His deal is actually a steal since only the first year is guaranteed.

The best part, outside of the production, both Lee and Johnson give the Celtics flexibility.

Danny Ainge didn't do what his neighbors on Yawkey Way typically do and sign Greg Monroe or Tobias Harris just to put butts in the seats. He is being patient. He is collecting valuable assets (both in players and in picks) and is waiting at the table to cash in at the right moment.

The other smart move for the Celtics was brining back the likes of Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder.

After coming over the in the Rajon Rondo trade, Crowder had one of the lowest turnover rates in the league and is one of those make-up players that makes Celtic green look more and more blue collar. Which made it easy for Ainge to sign the 25 year old to a 5 year deal that will pay him an average of $7 million per season.

So no, the fireworks that we have been waiting to see have not been "Birthday Cake" level, but by no means has this offseason been a dud. These are smart moves, both on the basketball court and off. 

The Celtics will make their splash, but when they do Ainge wants to make it count.

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Tyler Sullivan 8/17/2015 08:52:00 PM Edit
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