After 18 years with the organization, Ainge believed it was time to move on.
Danny Ainge is expected to step down as President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, sources tell ESPN. Brad Stevens is expected to assume a more prominent front office role with the team. https://t.co/8eR4AHcGv3
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 2, 2021
The Celtics and Ainge have had great success throughout his time with the franchise.
They made the Conference Finals six times, NBA Finals twice, and took home one championship.
Yes, they were expected to have more success over the years.
However, for a team like the Celtics in this generation of the NBA, that resume is amazing.
We already touched on the positives in a different article.
Now it is time to focus on the negative side of things.
Every GM, and/or President, has had their fair share of bad moves.
Ainge’s moves are sometimes magnified, depending on the circumstance.
Here are three of the worst moves he made during his time with the Celtics.
3. Drafting Guerschon Yabusele
In the 2016 NBA draft, the Celtics had the No. 16 overall pick.
They ended up drafting Guerschon Yabusele out of France.
The pick was odd, but maybe Ainge saw something in the young forward.
Unfortunately, he did not pan out.
He only lasted two seasons with the Celtics before being waived.
No other teams in the NBA have called for his services since.
The pick didn’t work, but that is the case sometimes.
However, the Celtics have had issues with their supporting cast in recent years.
The 2016 draft consisted of a good amount of players that can help the current Celtics team.
Dejounte Murray is good defensive guard with a lot of potential.
All of these players were selected after Yabusele.
A simple difference in that selection could have led to a Finals appearance and maybe a title in the rafters.
2. The Kendrick Perkins Trade
Kendrick Perkins is not just a loud NBA analyst for ESPN.
He was also a key contributor for the Celtics during their championship years under Doc Rivers.
His role was never scoring or being flashy.
His job was to be the rough and rugged post defender that can grab some rebounds.
In addition to that, he was one of the leaders of that team.
He was a no nonsense type of guy, but knew how to be a great team player.
However, during the 2011 NBA trade deadline, he was moved to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green.
On paper it was a good move.
In reality, it was a move that hurt team morale and left a big hole in the roster.
The trade had some promise with Green’s talent.
Unfortunately, he ended up having heart surgery and missed the entire season of their last chance of a title.
1. Trading Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas was on top of the world in 2017 with the Celtics.
He made his second straight All-Star team and he finished second team All-NBA.
Going from the last pick of the NBA Draft to All-NBA caliber was such a unique story.
Thomas was ready to be a Celtic for the rest of his career and sign a huge extension.
However, that never materialized.
Thomas ended up getting hurt with a severe hip injury that would sideline him for the beginning of the following season.
Instead of Ainge waiting for the guy who risked hurting himself even further, he wound up trading him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The player they got in return was one of the best bright young stars in the league, and arguably better than Thomas at the time, Kyrie Irving.
As a franchise, that is a move you have to make.
The ripple effects from this trade doomed the franchise.
Irving lasted only two seasons and the relationship with the team and fanbase got ugly.
It has been a couple of years, but the fans have not forgotten his time in Boston.
There was recently an incident of a fan throwing a water bottle at Irving at the end of a game.
Furthermore, this trade left a bad taste in several player’s mouths due to Ainge not showing Thomas loyalty.
Irving didn’t want to stay.
Al Horford left.
The Celtics wanted Anthony Davis for years, but was told by his dad that they were a dishonest franchise.
Anthony Davis' father didn't mince his words when discussing the possibility of his son playing for the Celtics. 😳 pic.twitter.com/jGbfCmeQba
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 2, 2019
This trade has soured a lot of great players for ever wanting to play for the Celtics.
The actual trade was a good move, but the aftermath has hurt the franchise for several years now.NEXT: 3 Best Moves Danny Ainge Made With Boston Celtics