The Celtics are, not surprisingly, one of the central teams when it comes to trade discussions as we head toward this month’s deadline, just 22 days from now. If a big name comes up on the rumor mill—Carmelo Anthony being the latest—you can be sure Boston will get a mention. That’s what happens when you own what could be Top 3 picks in the next two drafts, courtesy of the Nets.
But it is almost certain that the Celtics will come out of this deadline period with the Brooklyn picks (they have the right to swap with the Nets this year, and own their pick outright next year) intact. It would take a young, All-Star caliber player to pry those picks from Boston.
That’s where James’ criticism comes in. It is the players who have gotten complacent, not the front office, which has no more tools available to make transactions. There’s a need to motivate this group, and it’s got to come from James. The Cavs won’t survive the East playoffs, let alone a team like the Warriors in the Finals, playing the way they have in the past month.
But calling the team top-heavy is risky, because it essentially absolves James — as well as Kyrie Irving and Love — from any blame for the way the Cavs have performed. James has pointed the finger at the role players, at the likes of Korver, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. These are veterans, guys who likely don’t appreciate public embarrassment as a mode of motivation.
What’s done is done. James has chosen to motivate his teammates this way, and Really Cheap Jerseys has transformed a midseason team slump into full-blown turmoil. Maybe the chaos US Cheap Jerseys Club will snap the team out of its doldrums. Maybe it will bring the team together. Maybe the Cavs’ defensive effort will return. Maybe they will play up to their abilities again.