Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe recently spoke with Joe Dumars, comparing what he experienced with an aging veteran contender nearing the end of its run to the position Danny Ainge finds himself in with the Celtics right now. Most of Dumars’ quotes in the piece are the Joe D non-quotes we’ve all grown accustomed to:
“What we tried to do is clearly go with a younger base of guys,’’ Dumars said. “But what we’ve done is kept one or two veterans to help with the transition, Prince and Ben Wallace.
“It takes some patience. There’s a delicate balance because you want to create expectations for your young guys to be able to grow. But you also have to be patient to allow them to get there, so you’re constantly battling expectation and patience at the same time and it’s a daily issue you have to deal with.’’
There was nothing particularly revelatory from a Pistons perspective in the story, but I do find the comparison to Boston interesting. They’re the most intriguing team to watch as the deadline approaches. They have a huge expiring contract in Kevin Garnett, a couple of still good yet old and pricey veterans in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and they have a young All-Star on a reasonable contract in Rajon Rondo who, for some reason, Ainge has floated in trade rumors like a thousand times over the last few seasons. Clearly, Boston isn’t good enough to get out of the East. Ainge is such a wildcard. If there’s a GM out there that has the potential to undertake a crazier rebuilding “strategy” than the one Dumars attempted, it’s definitely Ainge.