A couple things caught my attention today. Every paper in the country had stories about Telfair's arrest but the Herald included this:
“Believe me, he’s not going to wear green again,” said a team source who requested anonymity.
The Globe article included the information that the gun wasn't registerd in Telfair's name as well as a quote from his attorney cautioning against a rush to judgement. What judgement is there to rush to? He was driving with a suspended license. He was going 77 in a 45 mph zone at 4 am. And he was illegally carrying a loaded 45 under the seat. I can see his friend taking the rap for him and gaining a big bank account, but I don't see Telfair returning to Boston. If he earned a spot with his play, maybe. But I honestly feel he was on shaky ground before this and this incident will push him out the door.
On Sept. 7, 2006, Ryals and Perkins entered into a written contract for services executed in Jefferson County. The contract stated that Ryals would provide training and advice including physical, mental, health, lifestyle, financial, investing and tax matters. In exchange for the services, Perkins would pay Ryals .066312997 percent of his pay from the NBA, but excluding monies he received from endorsements or incentives.
Then, on Sept. 11, Perk signed his 16 million dollar extension and the article says that he is refusing to play the trainer sums due to him. If he owes it, Perk should pay it. If the percentage is correct, it would be 10,610. However, I think they meant to say 6.6312997 percent and that would be 1,061,007, which is a considerable amount. Was someone from the Celtics advising Perk? Did he enter into the contract not realizing the amount? As with many things, time will tell.
The Globe has their predictions for the playoffs. I love the way the article starts:
Welcome to the NBA playoffs. Or, as it's known in Boston, passover. (That's an old Bob Hope line.)
I have a feeling that this is the last offseason where that line will be appropriate. If Danny can't do something with a top 5 pick and all the assets this team has gathered, then something is wrong. Hopefully that pick will become Oden or Durant and we are set. If not, it can be traded for a veteran who can help. With the players we have now improving yet another year and everyone healthy, we should be able to go deep in the playoffs next season.
Finally, there are a couple of articles concerning players who have been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors. The Indy Star reports that Jermaine O'Neal is scheduled for knee surgery. That could lower his trade value, but it is always iffy when a player has knee surgery. They could return just as good or better, or it could be something that will follow them for years later. And TwinCities.com reports that the Wolves owner is open to trading Garnett. This follows on articles last week saying they were looking to sign him to an extension. Depending on where our draft pick falls, Garnett, O'Neal, Gasol and others may be targets for Danny. This is going to be one interesting and important off seasons.