I'm not backing off from this past Summer's argument wherein I argued that the Celtics should've held the Cavaliers' feet to the fire because they pretty much had to trade Kyrie Irving. Mind you: I never said naught but that I've greatly admired Ainge's Body of Work. His persistent refusal to make a trade just to make a trade over the last few years ~ while thousands have been screaming for'm to mortgage the Future for good, not great, players ~ has been awesome. But this ~ mind you: it's early, yet, and I'm gonna take a moment to knock on wood!! ~ may prove to be one'f'is finest coups of all: surrendering the coveted 2019 Brooklyn Pick to get Irving, which he'd hitherto refused to deal in perhaps a thousand trades ~ and nobody wailed louder than I when he did so!! ~ while retaining the allegedly lesser 2019 Lakers Pick. For those scoring at home: The Brooklyn Pick is now tracking at #11. The Lakers Pick? #2. There's a lot'f of BasketBall yet to be played, and then there's the Lottery...And of course the Pick isn't ours if it goes #1...But just wow. Ainge's work has been simply masterful.