Losing James Posey was big--any Celtics fan who followed the team last season can see that. But it appeared we had enough talent and depth at the backup 3 to cover Posey's departure. A healthy and determined Darius Miles, along with spot minutes from Tony and Ray Allen should keep us running smoothly at Small Forward. But then came the reality check. Darius is not the same player he was 3 years ago, so yesterday he was let go. That leaves us with a hole, a possible chink in our armor. As of right now, we have no legit SF who has the size and length to guard taller 3's in the league. I like Tony and think this is his year to breakout, but he's 6'4" and it'll be tough to send him out against 6'8" guys who can shoot above him.
Lots of people are raving about Bill Walker, and penciling him in the 12 man roster, but I'm not so quick to issue him such an important role. I'm just as excited about his future as any fan, but he is a rookie and rookies do struggle with mistakes, as well as keeping up with conditioning needed to grind out 82 games, plus another 20+ intense playoff games.
I think it'll be wiser to find a veteran backup 3 who won't be as prone to youthful mistakes.
Maybe we'll see Ainge make a trade before opening day to shore up this concern.