Danny was busy today, first signing Darius Miles to a non-guaranteed contract and now we get word that Danny also signed second round pick Bill Walker. From the Globe:
The Celtics announced today that they have signed 2008 second round draft pick Bill Walker. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Walker, a 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound forward from Kansas State, was taken with the 47th pick by the Washington Wizards and was acquired by the Celtics for cash considerations. He ranked second on the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game which also was good for fifth in the Big 12. Walker scored 20 or more points nine times and topped the 30-point mark twice. He posted career averages of 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 37 games over two seasons for the Wildcats.
“Bill’s hard work and skill development this summer has given us the belief that he can be in our short-term plans as well as our long-term plans.” Celtics GM Danny Ainge said in a press release.
Walker will wear No. 12 with the Celtics.
There had been talk of Danny stashing him overseas to keep a spot open and still retain his rights. But, he has been working all summer in Boston and apparently Danny saw something that makes him think Walker can contribute this season. I like him because of his attitude and his work ethic. Even without a contract, he was working hard all off season in Boston and you have to like that.
That brings the roster to 15. If both Miles and Walker make the team, it doesn't leave room for signing anyone in the middle of the season as they did with PJ Brown and Sam Cassell last season. But, there doesn't seem to be a hole like there was last season, either. I can't wait for the season to start!!!
I say we have no officially replaced Nails. Not with one player, but with a collection. If DM makes the team, he'll be able to defend the taller guys like dirk and gasol, something pose could do but something TA couldn't. TA can guard everyone shorter.
Nails is still probably more clutch than anyone we have. But the collection we have gives us some things pose couldn't provide, a mid-range game for one and a slash and drive for another.
I am very much enjoying Larry Bird weekend. He is my all time favorite player and there are so many Larry Bird stories out there. I agree with Magic... There will never ever ever be another Larry Bird.
I agree that we have replaced Posey with a collection of hungry players. Miles is going to be very hungry to prove that he belongs as are our rookies. Problem is, we have a lot of question marks and just have to wait to see if they pan out.