He was lambasted for trading Isaiah Thomas and skewered for not trading everyone else.
It was a common refrain to say that teams were hesitant to trade with the Celtics after they came out comically ahead on several trades. In reality, everybody wanted to trade with the Celtics because they had attractive pieces that ultimately, Ainge valued more. One sign says, “It’s potentially easier to negotiate trades now that the spooky, scary Danny Ainge isn’t around anymore” and the other says “The Celtics might not be looking at any big trades if they’re replacing Ainge with Brad Stevens and maintaining status quo.” Where do we go from here? Maybe trading Kemba renders all the speculation useless and the Celtics will continue to be as ruthless as ever.