Celtics? Garnett? Yeah, but what about Gagne?

The poor Celtics: the trade of the century (at least since Red fleeced Golden State and got Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for Joe Barry Carroll) and all anyone is talking about in Boston is about the Red Sox a) traded Kason Gabbard and David Murphy for Eric Gagne, and 2) did not get Jermaine Dye from the White Sox for Wily Mo Pena and Craig Hansen.

OK, let us get the Celtics out of the way:

I understand it: Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen along with Brigs and myself filling in at center and point guard would finish .500 at worst. Now, I know that I am biased because I am a huge Big Al Jefferson fan, but really there was not much given up. As for the rest, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and two first-round draft picks are nothing special. Green COULD be a star, but looks more and more like the second-coming of Ricky Davis (and now he gets to play with him!), Gomes is a good sixth man, Ratliff is a salary dump, and Telfair was gone to begin with. One of the picks belonged to Minnesota to begin with, and hopefully the number one from Boston will not be a lottery pick next season.

Garnett, Pierce, and Allen give the Celtics a legitimate chance to win the Eastern Conference. They should win 50 games, easy. They have a lot of work to do as they only have eleven on the roster now (with two of them second-round picks who have not even played yet). Danny Ainge needs a cheap veteran point guard, another big man on the bench (Bring back the Kandi Man!!!), and a defensive swingman. Since there is not much salary room left, the Celtics front office needs to do a lot of work.