Plenty of questions and some answers in C's offseason

Plenty of questions and some answers in C's offseason
August 12, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Danny Ainge didn't just change the Celtics' foundation this summer.

He took a jackhammer to it, breaking up a lineup where nobody knows how the remaining pieces will fit together, or who among them will be kicked to the curb before the start of the season.

As the dust still settles on this new-look Celtics team, we get into a Q&A with some Celtics fans who like most of us, have lots of questions about how the heck all of this is going to come together and eventually get Celtics Nation back into a Banner 18 state of mind.

One of the most popular questions asked this offseason - make that every offseason - comes from @Jesus_Santana01 who asks, "Your 5 Potential Starter Celtics for this year?"

Props to @Jesus_Santana01 for including the word "potential," because there should be a lot of that on display this season when you consider youngsters such as Kelly Olynyk and potentially undrafted rookie Phil Pressey depending on Rajon Rondo's return, might be on the floor early on playing key minutes.

That said, here's my "potential" - there's that word again - starting five this year.

Point guard: Phil Pressey (I expect Rondo to miss the first month of the season)

Shooting guard: Avery Bradley (Best defender; improving shooter)

Small forward: Jeff Green (Should be the team's top scorer this season)

Power forward: Jared Sullinger (Healthy following back surgery, still needs to be monitored)

Center: Kris Humphries (Starting center will be by committee all season)

Other than the signing of big man Vitor Faverani, the Celtics did nothing on the free agent market.

And between now and training camp, that's unlikely to change.

Still, that won't stop Celtics Nation from pining for some of their all-time favorite Celtics to return - like Delonte West.

@PakkAttackk asks if there's "anything involving the Celtics/Delonte West?"

In a word, no.

For starters, the Celtics have the NBA-maximum of 15 guaranteed contracts. That's why the C's decided to waive Terrence Williams and most recently, Shavlik Randolph, prior to their contracts becoming guaranteed.

And while the C's are open to making a trade between now and the start of the season, all indications are that the roster you see now will be the one that the Celtics bring into training camp.

Although West was loved by fans, bringing him back doesn't jibe with a franchise looking to turn a new page towards the future.

Another player that Celtics fans seem intrigued by is Brandon Jennings who was traded to Detroit from Milwaukee recently.

@Vksharma617 asks if there's "any word on what could happen with Jennings? Are the celts interested?"

As of now there's no interest on the Celtics part.

That has a lot to do with the Celtics' belief that Rondo will return to the form he displayed as one of the NBA's top point guards prior to his torn ACL injury on Jan. 25.

Even if the Celtics were interested in Jennings, there's nothing they can do about acquiring him now.

When the Pistons signed Jennings to a three-year, $24 million contract, collective bargaining rules are such that Jennings can not be traded until Dec. 15.

Although this was widely known at the time he was acquired from Milwaukee, the ink on his new deal wasn't even dry by the time rumors started to circulate that Detroit might still have interest in Rondo and might have acquired Jennings as a possible trade chip.

Although the Celtics have repeatedly said they have no interest in trading Rondo, teams will continue to inquire about his availability.

Boston is in full-blown rebuilding mode, and Rondo has two years ($11.9 million this year and $12.9 million next season) remaining on the five-year, $55 million deal he signed with the Celtics.

That alone makes him an attractive trade target.

One player acquired in the blockbuster deal with the Brooklyn Nets that fans are clamoring for already is MarShon Brooks.

Brooks, who was drafted by the Celtics in 2011 and subsequently traded that night to the Nets, has already shown the ability to score in this league.

As a rookie, he averaged 12.6 points per game.

But when Brooklyn acquired Joe Johnson from Atlanta prior to last season, it significantly cut into Brooks' playing time which to some degree, made him expendable.

Last season, Brooks averaged 5.4 points while making just two starts compared to 47 as a rookie.

@Los_Celtics asks, "MarShon Brooks Sixth Man?"

If Brooks were to even be in the conversation for such an honor, that would mean a few things.

For starters, it would mean the Celtics were winning a lot more games than many projected.

The last Sixth Man of the Year award winner to play for a team with a losing record that season was Detlef Schrempf in 1992 whose Indiana Pacers finished 40-42 and were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

And that kind of individual and team success would not only bode well for Brooks' career, but also give some semblance of where this franchise is headed as the roster begins to take shape after what has been a tumultuous offseason.