Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 11/18/14
As crazy as it may seem, Danny Ainge just completed his 10th season running the Celtics. He took over the team as they were getting swept in the 2003 playoffs by the Nets, and immediately made his mark that summer, trading all-star Antoine Walker for banged up big man Raef LaFrentz. Not exactly starting off with a bang. The next four years were bizarre. Slowly but surely Ainge changed the roster, through both trades (CSNNE's Rich Levine has a great break down of Ainge's early deals) and shrewd drafting (Ainge crushed the draft from '03-'06 picking up Perk, Al Jefferson, Tony Allen, Delonte West, Rondo and Leon Powe). The roster makeover left the Celtics as a terrible team finishing up the 2006-07 season, but Ainge had acquired a ton of assets. Once the ping-pong balls once again refused to go the Celtics way in the '07 draft lottery, Ainge cashed in on the assets he acquired. Jefferson, West, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, the #5 pick in the '07 draft (Jeff Green),...
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