Vote: What Grade Would You Give Danny Ainge as Celtics General Manager?


January 19, 2012

Vote: What Grade Would You Give Danny Ainge as Celtics General Manager?Danny Ainge knows firsthand what can happen to a team if they hang on to too many top-flight pieces for too long, even after the window for a championship has closed.

Ainge saw it happen with the Celtics of the early 1990s. And now, as the president of the Celtics, Ainge is at a crossroads. Does he blow things up and trade away any or all of the Big Three in Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and/or Kevin Garnett? Or does he keep them together and risk having the chance to rebuild with pieces brought in a potential trade?

It's the latest decision for Ainge in what's been an interesting time as a Celtics executive. He oversaw Celtics teams that were just miserable in the earlier parts of last decade. They then got a little better before getting much, much worse.

Then, in his crowning moment as the organization's top basketball decision-maker, Ainge's shrewd moves helped land Allen and Garnett in Boston and ultimately, delivered the Celtics their 17th NBA title.

It's been an up-and-down tenure for Ainge in Boston, one that may ultimately be defined by what he does with the Green in this time of uncertainty.

What grade would you give Danny Ainge as Celtics general manager?

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