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The Boston Celtics have found themselves in a peculiar situation thus far in the 2013-14 season. Expected by anyone with a pulse to tank miserably this year, Boston has defied logic. Even despite clearing house this summer, and not having the benefit of Rajon Rondo on the court yet. Boston currently sits in the middle of the playoff picture. The problem here is, the Celtics were looking to rebuild, set themselves up for a high draft pick via the lottery.
The NBA's Eastern Conference this season is extremely weak. There is Miami, Indiana and then everyone else. Chicago is rebuilding, NY is a mess, and who knows what is going in Brooklyn. This means it may actually be easier, or more likely for the Celtics to make the post season then not. Tanking may not be an option. Here is were things get murky. If Danny Ainge (Celtics Pres of Operations) decides to take a long shot and slay Goliath aka Miami in the playoffs, he will have to risk the near and long term future to do so. On the other hand if he is to continue to believe (unofficially of course) that tanking this year will hopefully benefit the club's long term legacy, then he will certainly have to undergo a few trades. Lately there have been no shortage of rumors surrounding the Celtics. Ainge clearly is pondering a few offers, whatever his motives are.