Slartibartfast wrote:I think Green's agent knew the position Danny was in and took him for all he was worth. Once we decided to forgo the cap space route and try and reload, we lost the flexibility to play anything resembling hard ball with Green. He wasn't restricted, we couldn't sign and trade him, we couldn't free up our MLE in a JET sign and trade... so it was either approach Green's asking price or scrounge the bargain bin.
Pretty amazing how Carl Landry, who agreed to a pretty similar deal to Green last year and actually played (and played pretty well) last year, ends up with 2 years, $8 mil, while Green hops off the operating table to snag 4/$36.
The thing is, though, that Ainge put himself in this position. He had the option of retaining Green's restricted free agent status and chose to renounce it. I know some people on the board argued it was a no-brainer to do so, as it allegedly gave the Celtics more cap room to sign free agents this summer, but we all know how that went. Instead, by no longer having Green as a restricted free agent, Ainge was forced to bid against, not just other teams, but also the threat (real or imaginary) of Green leaving without being compensated for at all. So, he basically had to overpay in order to ensure that he stayed with the Celtics, and it probably cost the Celtics an additional $10 million over the course of the contract, imo.
Ainge as a general manager certainly has his strengths, but he has always been severely lacking in the free agency area...