Danny Ainge finally gets his man as Celtics sign German All-Star Daniel Theis

After lording his treasure trove of assets over the entire league for months and months, Boston general manger Danny Ainge has faced criticism for failing to make a deal, as Jimmy Butler got shipped to Minnesota, nothing materialized with Kristaps Porzingis, and late Friday night, the Pacers sent Paul George to Oklahoma City. 

Fair or not, there's no debating the fact that the Celtics' grand plans for this summer have not come to fruition. Yet just when people had started to sour on Ainge, and began to count him out, he swooped in and got his man. Early on Saturday afternoon, barely 12 hours into free agency, the Celtics made their move, signing a four-time All-Star and three-time champion, Daniel Theis. 

The 25-year-old German forward has had a brilliant start to his career over in the Basketball Bundesliga. In 2014 he was named Best Young Player in the BBL while playing for ratiopharm Ulm, and has gone on to win three German titles with Brose Bamberg. He's been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons, and helped his side to a 10th place finish in the EuroLeague last season.

For all of the haters and doubters claiming Ainge would never get a star, what do you have to say to this? Not much, huh? Exactly what I thought. Not only has Ainge secured an All-Star, but he's done so without even having to cash in any of his assets. 

Take that for data. 

NBA Writer

Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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