The Boston Celtics and GM Danny Ainge made an under the radar move before the 2011 season acquiring guard Keyon Dooling from the Milwaukee Bucks for draft considerations. The Bucks no longer had a need for the veteran guard and were able to ship him off to Boston. The Celtics had a strong need at the time for an experienced backup point guard, and the price to get Dooling was very cheap. The Bucks are one of the worst run franchises in all of professional sports so it wasn’t surprising to see the Celtics get him for basically nothing.
Acquiring Dooling was a much better move for the organization than drafting a young player to handle the backup point guard duties behind All-Star Rajon Rondo. Dooling offered a reliable hand at the position and fans knew exactly what they were getting at the time of the deal — nothing flashy but someone who could provide a strong locker room presence.
Dooling didn’t set the world on fire during his brief stay in Boston, but it certainly was a solid transaction by Ainge. His most notable performances came in the playoffs when he hit a number of big shots in the team’s playoff series against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The Celtics needed his clutch shots at the time.
The Dooling move wasn’t earth shattering, but it was a solid one by Ainge. Dooling could perhaps return to the club once he is officially retired in a coaching role. Fans would embrace him with open arms.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18