Until the Houston Rockets announced on Monday that longtime franchise owner Leslie Alexander planned to sell the club, it had been a quiet few years on the lucrative NBA team market.
No teams changed hands in 2016, only a single franchise (the Atlanta Hawks) was sold in 2015, and just two clubs (the Milwaukee Bucks and L.A. Clippers) got new owners in 2014. We saw three franchises change hands in a four-year period, with maybe one more (those Rockets) being added on by the end of the calendar year.
This was quite a shift from the previous four-year period, when a whopping nine teams were sold. The Nets, Hornets, Pelicans, Wizards, Pistons, Warriors, Sixers, Kings, and Grizzlies all changed hands from 2010 through 2013. (The Pelicans were actually sold twice but under special circumstances that will cause us to count it just once.)
Instead, at least for the time being, Boston now has three stars to Cleveland’s three, and the clear advantage goes to Horford over Kevin Love. But the Cavaliers still have the best player in the world, and Hayward can’t push Boston past a player who’s been to seven consecutive NBA Finals.
The Celtics have stockpiled enough assets to trade most of them and still be secure for the future. GM Danny Ainge couldn’t (or wouldn’t) land George or Jimmy Butler, and Boston’s odds at dethroning James this season may suffer because of it.
But landing the biggest fish in free agency pushed the Celtics much closer. And Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth even though it might not be this year, Boston can eventually compete for a championship with Cheap High Quality Jerseys Hayward in green and white. The Celtics don’t need much more help anymore.