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There were lessons in last night's loss to Brooklyn, but not all are lessons in futility. Terry Rozier needs to be traded if possible - no question in my mind. He clearly doesn't fit into the Boston landscape. Any trade talk involving Kyrie Irving, unless it is for Anthony Davis, should cease immediately. The guy is carrying this team. How about point guard, Marcus Smart? Nope! Smart and Irving are the mainstays of this present squad, and they need to stay.


Brad Wanamaker is no kid. Nor does he act like one. He is a 29-year-old point guard that has been showing that he can be a backup in the NBA. Brad had 13 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes last night. He also had a Real Plus/Minus of +24.8 and was part of the five-some got the Celtics back in the game in the fourth quarter. His performance did not spell futility.


Wanamaker just may make T-Ro expendable. Rozier once joked about Danny Ainge trading him, and now it could happen. Terry earns roughly $3 million this season, and it is possible that Danny may include another player, or players, for salary-matching if he sees a player that intrigues him.


This team as we see it right now has zero chance at a Title this season. That does not mean the season is lost. Add the right piece - stop the worry about hurt feelings - put out the lineups that win games - and go for it this year. But Terry has to go. Do you think Red Auerbach, Tommy Heinsohn or Bill Fitch, coaches from the 60's, 70's and 80's would keep him. I doubt it like Hell!


The Boston natives are getting restless. Most Celtics fans are. Very understandable. This is from a CelticsLife reader, 55 year Celtics fan:

Team is fractured and plays like they are. You win and lose as a Team. Basketball is a team game that requires sacrifices and doing whatever it takes to win. Leadership matters and it starts at the top. Wednesday night when the team comes out of locker room to the court. Look up at the banners!

Danny Ainge does not like Championship droughts
. This one is 10 years old and counting. "Look up at the banners." And look for my next article later this morning. It is all about basketball dynasties and droughts. Celtics fans are thirsty.

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Photo via Fernando Medina, NBAE via Gety Images

Tom Lane 1/15/2019 10:36:00 AM Edit
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