This Corey Maggette thing is getting worse than a soap opera. The Globe announced that the Celtics had made offers to both Maggette and Posey on July 1. On July 3, the Herald reported that the Celtics denied making an offer to Maggette. Ok, maybe the Globe was mistaken and the Celtics didn't make an offer, but just contacted his agent and inquired about him. But, then, on July 4, the Globe had another article on how the Celtics made an offer to Maggette and Doc even called him to talk to him.
An NBA source said the Celtics offered Magette the full midlevel exception, expected to be worth $5.8 million.
The Celtics have made offers to their own forward, James Posey, and Maggette, but it's doubtful they can accommodate both. While there is no news regarding Posey, Maggette said he could be coming to Boston in the near future to visit with the Celtics. Free agents can't sign until Wednesday.
"I don't want to hold the Celtics up or [general manager] Danny Ainge," said Maggette in a telephone interview. "I talked to Doc . . . I'm not going to hold them up. I know they are still looking at James Posey. But I'm still weighing my options."
And then on July 5, the Herald reported once again that the Celtics didn't make an offer to Maggette.
A Celtics source also continued to insist yesterday that the team has not made a formal offer to free agent Corey Maggette, and that the former Clipper is simply aware that the team has a $5.8 million mid-level exception available - the same amount the team has been unwilling to offer Posey.
It's like dueling newspapers. The Herald continues to say that the Celtics didn't make an offer to Maggette and the Globe reports that they have made him an offer and even publish quotes from him about the offers. Enough already!!
The offer to Posey is supposedly 12 million over 3 years. Reports are that he is also receiving interest and offers from the Lakers, Pistons, Sixers, Rockets, Cavs, Nets, and Hornets, most of which are willing to give him the long term contract he wants. Supposedly the offer to Maggette is for the MLE for 2 years. Danny is not willing to bog the team down with a big long term contract for Posey and if Posey isn't willing to settle for less, he will likely take one of the other offers from teams who are willing to tie up big money long term for him.
The Celtics’ offer reportedly has come up short of Posey’s demands in both money and length. Though he doesn’t discuss these matters, Danny Ainge reportedly was ready to cut his losses and avoid spending too much on a proven contributor to a championship, even before free agency began. The idea of paying the full mid-level exception to Posey reportedly made the Celtics director of basketball operations squeamish.
The Globe adds this from the Heat's Dwayne Wade, Posey's former teammate.
"I don't think Boston is letting Posey go," Wade said recently. "I was looking at Posey the whole playoff series and thinking, 'Man, he was good for us.' It's indescribable what he does. He's one of those guys that won't get the national attention, but he will get the locker room respect. That's probably more important, when you get the locker room respect. I miss him and miss what he does on the court, for sure. I'll be surprised [if he leaves Boston]."
How can the Celtics not realize what this guy does for a team? I can see wanting to keep the payroll manageable, but they also need to see how important a player like Posey is to the team.
Maggette is willing to sign for less if it means playing for a contender. But, that doesn't mean that it is a foregone conclusion that he would take the Celtics' offer. He also has offers from the Spurs, Magic, Sixers, Jazz, and the Warriors and there have been reports that he is leaning toward the Spurs and also that he would like to return to Orlando where he began his career. But, there are also reports that he is seriously considering the Celtics. He is very comfortable with Doc as they are old friends and former teammate Sam Cassell also told him that if he wants a ring he needs to come to Boston. More to come, I am sure. It is the Globe's turn to talk about the offer that Danny made that the Herald insists he didn't.
Elsewhere, Chris Duhon is reportedly ready to sign a 2 year, 3.25 million a year, contract with New York, passing up on an offer from the Magic. The difference was a better chance to start in New York. The 2 year contract for Duhon still puts the Knicks in the running for the 2010 LeBron sweepstakes. This little tidbit on the Duhon signing comes from the NY Daily News;
Also, Duhon's lifestyle concerned team officials, who felt that the 25-year-old enjoyed the nightlife too much. When Duhon played at Duke, he would often sleep at the house of coach Mike Krzyzewski to prevent him from staying out late. Manhattan is a long way from Durham, N.C., and privately the Knicks know they'll have to keep a close eye on their new point guard.
With their offer for Duhon rejected, the Magic are expected to turn their attention to Maggette and Keyon Dooling. With real management and a real coach and now some good players being signed in New York, they are going to be a much improved team this season.
The Celtics wrapped up their mini camp a day early as none of their rookies were involved. JR Giddens left when his agent advised against playing without a contract in place. Bill Walker attended the final two games to watch even though he had arthroscopic knee surgery on the first day of the camp. Gabe Pruitt and Big Baby benefited from the camp and the Herald reports that David Hawkins, a muscular swingman who played in Rome last season, caught Danny's attention during the camp. Patrick O'Bryant also worked out for the Celtics as did other big men Chris Andersen, and David Harrison. Here is the report on O'Bryant from the Globe: Patrick O'Bryant:
The 7-foot center showed decent range and solid footwork taking feeds in the post. But when he hit the low post against Wisconsin's Brian Butch and Detroit Mercy's Ryvon Covile, who had each been practicing since 9 in the morning, O'Bryant was tugging at his shorts not even 15 minutes into the drill, struggling to muster enough strength to defend either.
I am still pulling for Chris Andersen to be signed as the back up center. The same article tells us that Danny is shopping for a big man, a point guard and a wing in this free agent crop.
Josh Smith, the Hawks' restricted free agent is in demand with the Sixers reportedly very interested as are the Golden State Warriors. The Sixers are reportedly offering a package around 66.7 million for 5 years. The Warriors could possibly offer more as with the loss of Baron Davis they have some cash to spend. The Hawks have the right to match any offer made for Smith. The Sixers are one of the few teams under the cap and with money to spend on free agents and should be able to lure someone decent there. It is reported that they are also speaking with Elton Brand.
I am not sure what to make of Chris Kaman playing for the German National team. He has never been to Germany, doesn't speak a word of the language and just recently got a passport to go there. Yet, he will be playing with Dirk Nowitski on the German National team. Isn't that like bringing in a ringer? I kind of think this cheapens the Olympics somewhat. You should at least have visited the country you play for.
Amid all the talk about Maggette and Posey and Andersen and all the other free agents, there hasn't been a lot of mention of some other very important free agents, the Celtics assistant coaches. All 4 of Doc's assistants' contracts expired on July 1, making them all free agents.
Doc has one more season on his contract and Danny has begun negotiations to give Doc an extension. More important, though, should be signing their assistants to new contracts before another team lures them away.
Tom Thibodeau is the architect of the Celtics' defense which was the main reason that they won the championship. This was Thibodeau's 18th season in the league and every team he has been on has been a defensive force. Before coming to the Celtics, Thibodeau was an assistant coach with Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Seattle and Minnesota. During that time, Thibodeau's teams have finished among the top 10 in fewest points allowed 14 times. Perhaps his most notable stint was as an assistant with New York (1996-2003). In 2000-01, the Knicks set an NBA record by holding opponents to fewer than 100 points in 33 consecutive games.
During his four seasons with Houston, the Rockets advanced to the postseason in three of those seasons and won 50 games in two seasons. Thibodeau guided the Rockets to a top five ranking in the NBA in both opponents’ scoring defense and field goal percentage in each of the past four seasons. Thibodeau also led the Rockets’ summer league teams to a 10-0 record in the two seasons he coached them.
When Thibodeau signed with the Celtics last season, he requested a one year contract. That may have been because he had head coaching aspirations or because he wanted his contract to match the contracts of the other assistants. His name was mentioned for just about every head coaching position that opened up this off season, but teams didn't want to wait until after the Finals to fill their openings and each position was filled before the finals were over. It doesn't seem likely that any other head coaching jobs will open up at this point, but teams that have faced the Celtics defense over the past season may try to lure him away from the Celtics with a big contract as an assistant. The Celtics need to make re-signing Tom Thibodeau a priority. It was Thibodeau's defense that made the Celtics such a force this past season and for the Celtics to repeat, they need to have Thibodeau return with his defensive schemes and his tireless work ethic in scouting the opponents.
Clifford Ray is one of the best big man coaches in the NBA. He also has been in demand by teams with young big men needing to develop. When you watch Dwight Howard play and dominate on the boards, think Clifford Ray. Dwight and his dad credit Clifford Ray with his development when he was with the Magic. When you watch classic Celtics games from the 80's and see Parish dominate in the middle, think Clifford Ray. Parish credited Clifford Ray with helping him to develop his game when they were teammates on Golden State. He has succeeded everywhere he has been and the emergence of Kendrick Perkins as a defensive force in the middle is largely due to his work with Clifford Ray over the past few seasons.
As an assistant coach who specializes in teaching big men, Ray has had wonderful results wherever he has worked. If you follow his career, teams where he has been an assistant have been among the league's best in rebounding, in spite of being among the worst before he arrived. That's a huge fact since as the old adage goes "offense sells tickets, defense wins games and rebounding wins championships. He has molded a long list of players including P.J. Brown, Adonal Foyle, Roy Tarpley, Erick Dampier, and Nazr Mohammed. In his first year as a part-time coach in Dallas, the Mavericks led the league in rebounding. When Ray was an assistant in New Jersey in 1995-96, the Nets led the league in rebounding. In Ray's two years at Golden State (2000-01 and '01-02), the Warriors ranked first and second in rebounding. In Cleveland two years ago, Ray had the Cavs up to second in the league in rebounding. The Magic, which ranked 23rd in rebounding the season before Ray arrived, ranked second the following year. The Celtics need to re-sign Clifford Ray, especially with young bigs still needing development on the roster.
Kevin Eastman and Armond Hill are both very good coaches and Hill was also mentioned for several of the coaching openings this offseason. Eastman is a very good shooting coach and has worked with Rondo over the past year to improve his shot. Both coaches worked with the young prospects that Danny brought in and developed them into players that were in demand enough to bring Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to the Celtics. Danny needs to re-sign these guys as we now have another crop of young players who need developed. Just as important as signing Posey and the other free agents, the Celtics need to do what it takes to get their assistant coaches back again also, especially Tom Thibodeau and Clifford Ray.
The Celtics made an offer to Corey Maggette. No they didn't. Yes they did. So, did they or didn't they? First, the Globe said that the Celtics made an offer to both Posey and Maggette on the first day of free agency.
The Celtics have made contract offers to two forwards: Their own free agent, James Posey, and Clippers free agent Corey Maggette, sources told the Boston Globe. The most the Celtics could offer is the mid-level exception (about $5.8 million), and it's doubtful that they could sign both players. The terms of the offers were not disclosed.
So, Celtics fandom spent the day trying to figure out how they planned to sign both if both accepted the offers. Did they offer Posey the MLE and Maggette the LLE or veteran's minumim and a chance for a ring? Or, did they offer Posey a non-Bird rights contract and Maggette the MLE? Or, some were even speculating that they were offering Ray to the Clippers in a sign and trade for Maggette. Speculation was running rampant. Then, the next day, Danny threw some water on the fire as this article appeared in the Herald:
A team source insisted no offer was made to the former Clippers swingman, though Danny Ainge reportedly has talked to a number of players, including Maggette, as he attempts to build a pool of candidates in the event his top priority - signing James Posey - falls through.
OK, so Danny didn't make an offer to Maggette. But then, in today's Globe there is this:
A day after talking with Celtics coach Doc Rivers, a longtime family friend, Clippers free agent forward Corey Maggette said he is seriously considering an offer to join the NBA champions. Maggette said he is still in awe about being contacted by the Celtics and has been mulling over their contract offer as well as interest from several other teams. An NBA source said the Celtics offered Magette the full midlevel exception, expected to be worth $5.8 million.
It gets curiouser and curiouser. So, Danny did make an offer to Maggette. According to this, he offered the full MLE to Maggette, but the same article says they offered only 12 million/3 years to Posey. Now, to me, getting Posey back is more important than luring Maggette. If they are willing to offer Maggette the full MLE, why not Posey. If they would go the full MLE over 3 years maybe Posey would consider it. Posey is a defensive stopper. Maggette is not. Defense wins championships. Enough said. If it takes a 4 year full MLE contract to keep Posey, Danny needs to do it. He is a winner if he goes to one of our rivals, he immediately puts them into title contention.
All this as the San Antonio Express News reports that the Spurs are at the head of the line for Maggette's services as he is leaning toward going to the Spurs. And also the Philly Inquirer reports that Maggette is expected there next week. The Sixers are also talking to Josh Smith and Josh Childress. The LA Times reports that the Warriors are also trying to lure Maggette as they await news from Elton Brand on their offer to him. Hoopsworld reports that Maggette has narrowed his choices to the Spurs and the Celtics. It has been reported that the Lakers have offered a 5 year full MLE deal to Posey and if Boston doesn't match it, he will likely leave. Unlike most free agents, Posey has already won 2 rings and for him it is about the money. Although, wherever Posey goes, he will likely make them a winner as well. More on this to come, I am sure.
Along with the offer to Posey and maybe offer to Maggette, Danny has been working out some other free agents in addition to the mini camp that ends today. The same Globe article lists center David Harrison, swingman Kirk Snyder, center Patrick O'Bryant, forward Darius Miles and Chris Andersen. Of that group, my choice would be Andersen.
Other free agent news includes Gilbert Arenas agreeing to a $111 million 6 year deal. This is $16 million less than the max deal that the Wizards offered him. Arenas had this to say about the deal:
"I'm basically giving back $16 million,'' Arenas told the Washington Times. "This is in line with what I've been saying the whole time. You see players take max deals and they financially bind their teams. I don't wanna be one of those players and three years down the road your team is strapped and can't do anything about it.''
Newsday is reporting that Monta Ellis has received interest from 9 teams including the Knicks. Ellis reportedly is very interested in joining the Knicks. With new management and a real coach in Mike D'Antoni, New York is no longer the cesspool it was under Isiah Thomas and free agents are interested in going there. Last season the Lakers-Celtics rivalry was renewed. Could the Knicks-Celtics rivalry be renewed this season?
ESPN Insider reports that the Mavs would like to re-sign Tyronn Lue but he is looking hard at Boston and Phoenix. No mention has been made in the Globe or Herald about any offer being made to Lue, but it wouldn't be surprising if they did since Lue is one of KG's best friends. I still think re-signing House and going with Pruitt is a better avenue for the Celtics to take since Eddie can play both guard spots very adequately and Pruitt seems to be poised to make a leap this season. Speaking about Phoenix, they are still searching for a back up point. Think they would like to take back that deal to send Rondo to Boston?
The Celtics have 9 players under contract right now with a total payroll of 71,369,509. That alone is more than likely going to be over the salary cap and very close to luxury tax level. They also have 6 free agents: Tony Allen, James Posey, Sam Cassell, PJ Brown, Scot Pollard, and Eddie House. They have the MLE (5.8 million), the LLE(1.8 million) and veteran minimum salaries to work with in signing free agents.
The first and more important priority has to be to do whatever it takes to sign James Posey. Posey is key to this team if they want to repeat. He is a player who will do whatever it takes to win. He is a lock down defender, capable of shutting down the opposing team's player. He rebounds, dives for loose balls, takes charges, hits the big shot in crunch time, and gives hugs to the starters before the game. Most importantly, he brings leadership and a championship mindset to the team. You just can't replace a guy like that.
The Celtics biggest rivals: the Lakers, Pistons, and Cavaliers are all interested in luring Posey away from the Celtics. There is a very good reason for this. One of the problems that each team had with the Celtics was that none of them had anyone who could stop Paul Pierce. If they get James Posey, they have that player who is capable of stopping Pierce, along with every other star player in the league whether they are guards or forwards. They also had problems with players fading in crunch time. With Posey on their team, they have a player who consistently came up big in crunch time. Danny needs to do whatever it takes to keep James Posey in green.
PJ Brown is planning to retire and Scot Pollard shouldn't be offered a contract. He isn't what this team needs. The Celtics need a center to back up Perk. Chris Andersen is in Boston talking to Danny and he would be a great back up center. He brings energy off the bench, is strong and a good defender. He wants to be a Celtic and Danny needs to sign him. I think he would take the veteran's minimum to play here since it would be a great situation for him.
Sam Cassell should retire and join the Celtics coaching staff. He didn't work out as hoped last season and so if he wants to play another season, hopefully it will be elsewhere. The starting point guard spot is solidly filled with Rajon Rondo, but Danny needs to address the back up. Gabe Pruitt is looking strong in the Celtics' mini camp and I think he will be able to fill the back up point guard spot. For insurance, the Celtics also should re-sign Eddie House. House can back up both guard spots and if not needed at the point, he is a great shooter and could fill in for Ray at the 2. Also, he also is fully indoctrinated into ubuntu. He never complained when his minutes were severely cut in the playoffs and when he was called on, he came up big.
Finally, with the 3 spots left, they can bring back Tony Allen for a veteran's minimum make good contract and keep Giddens and Walker with the team and give them a shot to prove themselves in practice and if they aren't getting enough playing time, they can go to the D-League to get some experience there. To me, keeping the same team together as much as possible would be key to winning again.
While watching Robin Lopez on draft night with his hat perched precariously on top of his voluminous hair, I started thinking about the other players who have wild hair. So, here for your viewing enjoyment is the NBA All Hair Team.
ESPN the Magazine has a great article on the Celtics second round pick, Bill Walker. It really makes you want to pull for this guy. Just as with Leon Powe, his promise was curtailed by injuries. Hopefully, Walker's story will have as good a result as Powe's has so far. (hat tip to Mon on CelticsBlog for pointing this out). Here is a a little taste of what the article has to say:
Late in Kansas State's loss to Oregon in November, Bill Walker hustled downcourt, head turned back toward the ball, arm raised in the air. He looked like Randy Moss in Oakland, eyes wide and pleading. When the ball never came, Walker stared at the floor and pursed his lips in frustration. It wasn't the first time the play and the game had seemed to go on without him.
Walker, despite once looking like one of the most awesome forces in basketball, has always watched the ball go elsewhere in the most crucial moments—first to lifelong pal O.J. Mayo, now to current "it" man Michael Beasley. He is a star unseen. The story of Billy Walker is not of the pressure of 10,000 glares, but of the pressure of none.
Not that there haven't been moments. Amazing moments, actually. As a prep, his dribble-drive moves were legendary—bounce, bounce, left, right, left, step back. His crossover was so vicious that crowds cheered before he hit the lane. His hops were really what got him noticed, especially by the guys—Kevin Love and Greg Oden includedmdash;he was leaping over. But moments are all he's had.
Most of us are defined by the person we are. Bill Walker has always been defined by the person he isn't.
The Mavericks have been busy so far in the free agent market. First, they signed Gerald Green to a one year contract and now they have reached a verbal agreement with DeSagana Diop for the full mid-level exception in a five-year deal starting at nearly $6 million. I like Diop, but it seems a bit high to me.
MySA reports that the Spurs are offering Corey Maggette the full MLE in a multi-year contract that begins around 6 million a year. In the meantime, the Herald refutes the reports that came out yesterday saying that Ainge made an offer to Maggette.
A Celtics source, disputing several published reports, insisted today that Danny Ainge has not made a contract offer to free agent Corey Maggette - noting instead that Ainge has talked to several players, including the former Clipper, without making an offer.
This tidbit comes by way of Redz on CelticsBlog:
I just got a phone call from SShorefan who just got off a plane at logan. He spotted Chris Andersen there and asked him what was up. Andersen said he was in town to talk to the Celtics and SShorefan told him he hopes he signs here and Andersen said "me too". And for what its worth he was wearing snake skin boots and a Colorado Rockies hat (Andersen, not SShorefan - though he may have been too).
Chris Andersen is meeting with Danny. I would like to see Danny sign him for the veteran's minimum. Andersen has to know that this would be a great place for him on a contender and playing with KG. The Hornets also want to resign Andersen so it may come down to which team he would rather play on. On Sports tonight, Marc Spears, who knows Andersen, said that he really wants to play here and that the Boston fans would love him. He went to dinner with Danny last night and today they will see if they can work something out. I think he would be a great fit for this team.
The Knicks are busy. They have offered 2 years and 6 million to Chris Duhon but word is the Magic have offered 3 years. The Knicks have also contacted agents for Eddie House, Jannero Pargo, Tyronn Lue, and Sebastian Telfair. D'Antoni loves Lue and would like to get him, but I think Telfair would be the best fit there because of his New York ties. He still has a big following there and should come a lot cheaper than Duhon. I'd like for the Celtics to sign House. He played very well for the Celtics and could back up both guard spots if Pruitt can't handle the back up point. My second choice would be Lue although the Suns are rumored to have him at the top of their to do list. According to the Miami Herald, the Heat are also interested in both Lue and Telfair.
Marc Bartlestein represents James Posey, Eddie House, JR Giddens and half the free agents the Celtics want to sign. The Celtics did another of his clients a big favor when they did the sign and trade to Miami for Antoine Walker to get him that big contract. It's time for Bartlestein to return the favor and help us out with getting the deal done with Posey. Come on Marc... for old times sake.
Detroit is looking to make some moves to try to overtake the Celtics. According to the Detroit News, the Pistons have their eyes on at least three free-agent perimeter scorers: Mickael Pietrus, James Jones and C.J. Miles. They are also very interested in James Posey.
According to the LA Times, the Lakers are willing to give Posey that long term full MLE contract he is looking for. Can the Celtics come close enough to lure him back? Who knows. I know Danny doesn't want to give him 4 or 5 years. I can imagine that he also wants to keep back a little of the MLE to be able to offer Walker a 3 year contract as he has with Gomes, Pruitt and Powe. Posey says he wants to stay in Boston but will he be willing to take less than he wants to do so? I don't think so.
Poor Richard Jefferson is not happy with the trade that sent him to the Bucks. The Journal Sentinel reports that they haven't even been able to get him to come to Milwaukee to meet with them. You have to feel sorry for the Bucks. Last year they had to beg to get Yi to come there and now it is Richard Jefferson. I remember too many years when the Celtics couldn't get free agents to give them the time of day.
Monte Ellis is asking for a $10 million long term contract extension. If the Warriors balk at it and don't give him what he wants, he can come back on the final season of his rookie contract and become an unrestricted free agent next season and go anywhere he wants. The tricky part of that is you need to have a great season before going out on free agency so if he doesn't get the contract done, look for Monte to have a great season.
The Bulls have made their priority to resign Luol Deng who has already turned down a 5 year 57 milliion dollar offer. It was the Bulls' reluctance to include Deng in with any deal that kept them from making several trades last season including the KG trade. They better be willing to pay to keep him or they missed out on a lot for nothing.
The Sixers are rumored to be making an offer for Elton Brand and are meeting with Josh Smith as well. Along with the moves being made by the other Atlantic division teams, the teams in this division will look a lot different this season. With new management and a real coach, the Knicks could make some noise. New Jersey will look a lot different. The Raptors have made some improvements and now the Sixers appear to be willing to use their cap space to make a move for some of the top free agents. And, of course, the Atlantic Division is now the home of the reigning world champs. Titanic division no more.
The Celtics Rookie and Free Agent Camp has become more of a 2nd Year and Free Agent Camp as none of the Celtics rookies are participating. Bill Walker had successful arthroscopic surgery on his knee this morning, Erden is probably back off to Turkey and JR Giddens' agents told him not to participate if he wasn't under contract. It seems to me as though the agents are giving him some bad advice. Rookies for every team in the NBA are participating in practices and summer leagues without being under contract and they are benefiting from it. It would be great for Giddens to be getting this experience with or without a contract.
Those participating are: 11 Glen Davis - Big Baby is back from celebrating and ready to spend the rest of the summer working hard on his conditioning and his game.
13 Gabe Pruitt - Gabe is also planning on putting in the work this summer and hoping to turn the corner and make a leap in his career this season.
60 Bobby Brown - A 6'2" point guard who ranks 17th in overseas free agents according to Draft Express. He is 23 years old and played in Germany last season averaging 16 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, and 1.0 spg.
62 Cook, Omar - 6'1" point guard who is 26 years old. He was the Magic's 2nd round pick in 2001 (31st overall) but didn't make the team. He played 17 games for the Blazers in '03-04 and played 5 games for Toronto in '04-05. He has played in Belgium, France, Russia and Serbia. He has applied for citizenship in Montenegro and is expected to play for their national team.
63 Mustafa Shakur - 6'3" point guard out of Arizona. He played 4 years at UA and averaged 11.9 points and 6.9 assists in his final year. He went undrafted in the 2007 draft but was signed to play for the Kings' Las Vegas Summer League and ranked 4th in assists per game with 6.0. He was released by the Kings and then went to Poland where he signed with the country's dominant team, Prokom. He won Polish Championship with Prokom Trefl Sopot in 2008.
67 James Mays - A 6'9" power forward out of Clemson who played 4 years there. He averaged 10.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.7 steals in his senior season. He went undrafted in the 2008 draft.
68 David Hawkins - 6'4" guard who played college ball at Temple from 2000-2004. He played in the USBL and CBA before going to Italy for the 2004-05 season and has been playing there since. He averaged 10.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.9 apg for Lottomatica Roma last season.
69 Brian Butch - 6'11" 240 lb center out of Wisconsin. Brian Butch was one of the most heralded prep-prospects in University of Wisconsin history. The former five-star from Appleton was rated higher than the likes of Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza out of high school, and was expected to be a force in the Big 10. He didn't live up to expectations for the most part. He averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, .8 assists and .8 blocks in his senior season at Wisconsin. He went undrafted in the 2008 draft.
70 Alan Anderson - 6'6" SG/SF/PF who played 4 years at Michigan State. He was drafted by Charlotte and played in 36 games for them in the '05-06 season and 17 games in the '06-07 season. He played last season in Italy and averaged 14.4 point, 1.9 rebounds. 1.3 assists and 1.6 steals.
71 Eddie Basden - 6'6" SG/SF. After playing 4 years of college ball at Charlotte, he went undrafted in the 2005 draft. He is known for his defensive intensity and is the Conference USA all time leader in steals. He was signed by the Bulls after a strong showing in their summer league and played in 19 games for them in the 05-06 season. He played in Europe for the '06-07 and 07-08 seasons, averaging 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.1 steals.
72 Charles Gaines - 6'7" SF, Played college ball for Southern Mississippi from 2001-2004. He was signed by the Michigan Mayhem of the CBA for 2004-2005 season and then moved to Italy. He has played for Italy, France, Spain and Turkey.
73 Randolph Morris - 6'11" center who was highly regarded out of high school and went to the University of Kentucky. After his freshman season, he declared for the draft but was not drafted and since he didn't hire an agent was able to go back to Kentucky. He averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in his junior year. He signed a 2 year contract with the Knicks as a free agent in 2007. He played in 5 games during the 06-07 season and in 18 games in the 07-08 season. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game.
74 David Noel - 6'6" SF/PF. He played 4 years of college ball at North Carolina. He was picked in the 2006 draft by the Bucks with the 9th pick in the second round. He played in 68 games for the Bucks in 06-07 and averaged 2.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He played last season in Spain.
75 Lawrence Roberts - 6'9" PF who played college basketball for 4 years at Mississippi State. He was the 25th pick in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft. He played 2 years for Memphis from '05-07 and averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. He didn't play last season.
76 Aaron Pettway - 6'11" center who played his college ball at Oklahoma State. He went undrafted and has been playing in the Euroleague in Poland and France where he averaged 9.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
79 Ryvon Covile - 6'9" PF Played 4 years of college ball for Detroit. Went undrafted in the 2007 draft and played last season in Israel.
According to the Globe, Kendrick Perkins and rookie Bill Walker both underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today.
Boston Celtics starting center Kendrick Perkins has undergone surgery on his left shoulder.
The Celtics said Perkins had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday at New England Baptist Hospital. Also undergoing surgery was the Celtics' second-round draft pick, Bill Walker, to repair damage to his right knee.
The NBA champions said both procedures were successful. Team physician Dr. Brian McKeon led both surgeries.
No timetable has been set for Perkins' and Walker's off-season returns to the Celtics.
Perkins was nagged by the shoulder late in the season and aggravated the injury in the finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, causing him to miss Game 5 of the series.
Hopefully this will repair any damage in Perk's shoulder and allow him to go full force in the new season without worrying about it hurting. Walker had said that he expected to be able to get back to work in 3-4 weeks. Hopefully both will be ready for training camp.
Today is my birthday and you could say I waited 22 years for this one! Everything I got had a Celtics theme to it. I wanted to share my good fortune with you all. Here is what I got.
Has logo and champions on back
I didn't get this yet, but it is on its way
I have waited 22 years to ask for Celtics championship gear for my birthday and my family went all out to get me a lot of very cool championship stuff. I am also getting a shirt from the Herald with the Herald front page announcing the championship on the front of it. It hasn't arrived yet and I couldn't find a picture to include. I am one very happy Celtics fan right now.
MyFox Houston reports that Gerald Green has agreed to a one year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. I really hope Gerald can make it there. I like Gerald and he has a ton of potential because of his athleticism, but he just never seemed to get it. Maybe Rick Carlisle can finally get him to realize that potential.
ESPN is reporting that Baron Davis has agreed to sign with the Clippers after opting out of his contract with the Warriors on Monday. He gave up $17.8 million in the last year of his deal with the Warriors and will receive a five-year deal worth an estimated $65 million from the Clippers.
According to ESPN Insider, Gilbert Arenas has received max bids from both the Wizards and the Warriors. With Baron gone, the Warriors are in the market for a point guard and can afford to pay for one. The NY Daily News reports that the Knicks have made an offer to Chris Duhon to shore up their back court. The Knicks are expected to offer Duhon a two-year deal worth roughly half of the mid-level exception, totaling around $6 million. According to SportingNews, after meeting with the Knicks, Duhon went to Orlando to meet with the Magic. He was contacted by five teams on the first day of free agency including Cleveland, Sacramento, New York, Orlando and, surprisingly, Boston.
According to the Press Enterprise, Andrew Bynum is seeking a max contract extension. Hopefully the Lakers are forced to give it to him and will leave James Posey alone.
SacBee has the Kings offering their full MLE to sign Beno Udrih.
As reported in the Herald, the Celtics have made an offer to James Posey and hope to keep him. Posey has said that he wants to stay with the Celtics and the Celtics are saying they want to keep him, but there are also other teams who are going to do their best to lure him away from the champs. Posey's hometown Cleveland Cavaliers are said to be putting together an offer, in addition to the Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. New Jersey, which came close to signing Posey last summer before he was talked into going with the Celtics, also may revisit the situation, though like most teams the Nets are carving out cap space for 2010.
According to ESPN Insider, the Magic think highly of Clippers guard Corey Maggette, but it will almost certainly take a sign-and-trade deal to lure him back to Orlando. Maggette started his career in Orlando and still owns a home in Central Florida (where his parents live). But getting him would likely cost the Magic Most Improved Player Hedo Turkoglu in a trade, and that's a deal GM Otis Smith isn't eager to make. The Celtics have also made Maggette an offer but with an offer. The guys on Sports Tonight speculated that the Celtics may be offering Ray Allen in a sign and trade and the Clippers have wanted Ray Allen for some time so who knows. They may also have offered him the LLE and hoped that his desire for a ring would overwhelm his desire for a big contract. According to MySA the Spurs are prepared to offer Maggette the full MLE for the next year. Maggette wants to go to a contender and has suggested that he would be willing to take less for a chance at a ring. San Antonio is definitely still a contender as are the Celtics so both would probably be in his list of possibilities.
The Rockets are pursuing Brent Barry according to the Houston Chronicle. The Celtics went after him before he went back to San Antonio. But, I expect him to stay in Texas.
When the Boston Celtics built a new practice facility, they surrounded the court with their 16 NBA championship banners and left blank spaces for future banners. At the beginning of this season, Doc Rivers aimed a spotlight on the empty spot on the wall next to banner #16 where the 17th banner would go. This left no doubt as to what the team's goal was this season.
Today, as the three newest Celtics were introduced, the Celtics raised their 2008 Championship banner to fill the spot where that spotlight had marked the spot for it all season. No word as to whether there will be a spotlight next to banner #17 as motivation for next season.
According to Marc Spears in the Globe, the Celtics have made offers to both James Posey and Corey Maggette. This gets interesting because they can't afford both with the midlevel exception. Posey's agent has said that he wanted to stay in Boston and Danny said that he wants him in Boston and so we shall see which one wants it more. Will Danny offer enough or will Posey look for more? I can see Danny offering the MLE for 3 years and the question will be whether Posey wants a longer contract.
If they offer Posey the MLE, what do they offer Maggette? Maggette is used to being a starter and I don't see him wanting to come to Boston as a sub. New England Sports Tonight speculated that the Celtics may be considering moving Ray Allen to bring in Maggette. Could they have offered both the MLE in case Posey turns it down? It doesn't seem likely. Maggette made 7 million last season with the Clippers and it doesn't seem likely that he would sign for the veteran's minimum. Orlando is also interested in Maggette and reportedly was making an offer. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
The Celtics introduced their 3 draft picks today at their practice facility in Waltham. JR Giddens will wear #4 (last worn by Ryan Gomes who has an offer from the Wolves to keep him), Erden chose #86 (uncharted territory), and Walker will wear #12 (late of Allan Ray and Ricky D). Giddens is expected to play in the Celtics' Rookie and Free Agent Camp that begins tomorrow. Walker will undergo surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital tomorrow and expects to be able to play basketball again in 3-4 weeks. Erden has one more year on his Turkish contract and is looking forward to coming to the NBA next season.
In other news, the Celtics hung their 17th NBA Championship banner inside the practice facility today...Ainge said he has been in touch with free agents but didn't comment further. He also said the team made an undisclosed contract offer to unrestricted free agent James Posey.
Danny is already contacting free agents. A few years ago, Danny was literally on The Mailman's doorstep to make an offer as soon as he was allowed to. I hope the offer he made to Posey was a good one. The Celtics need him back. The team did not extend a qualifying offer to Tony Allen, making him an unrestricted free agent. It is possible someone will make him an offer he can't refuse, but since Doc stressed that he wanted Tony back, the Celtics may offer him a make good contract at a lower amount than the 2.5 million they would have had to offer if they extended his current contract.
One of the positions the Celtics will be looking to address in this off season is the back up point guard position. They signed Sam Cassell last season but he didn't work out as we had hoped. I don't see Sam coming back. Eddie House was the back up point for most of the season as well as in the finals and he is a free agent. I like Eddie and hope they re-sign him for next season. But even if they do, he can back up Ray Allen at the shooting guard position so as not to over play him in the regular season and we may still be looking for a point guard.
The Celtics also have last year's draft pick Gabe Pruitt and Danny has said that he expects Pruitt to be able to contribute this season. Pruitt played very well in the D-League last season and would be a good back up for Rondo if he is ready for NBA play. Danny may look to sign a free agent point guard in the off season or he may wait until mid season to see how Pruitt plays before looking for someone to fill that slot.
There is no shortage of veteran point guards on the free agent list if Danny is looking to sign one. Here is a list of the unrestricted free agents. There are also some intriguing restricted free agents such as Delonte West, but for now, I am listing just the unrestricted FA's and their 2007-08 stats.
Some of these players are out of the question like Gilbert Arenas who is looking for a big payday. There are a few intriguing prospects like Shaun Livingston, Chris Duhon, Tyronn Lue, Jannero Pargo and Jason Williams. Any of these would make a nice back up for Rondo if Danny is looking to sign one in the off season. Rumors have been swirling that Danny is interested in Livingston, Lue and Williams. Lue may have the inside track since he is one of KG's best friends and also played for Doc when he coached in Orlando. Shaun Livingston is a very intriguing prospect. He is 6'7" with a ton of talent, but hasn't been able to stay healthy and is currently rehabbing from a horrible knee injury. Teams can talk with free agents on Monday, July 1 after midnight. They can't be signed until July 8, but agreements can be made as of the 1st. With House and Pruitt as possible point guards, Danny may look to go after a back up for Perk first. The Celtics will also be running their free agent and rookie camp Wednesday to Friday and so this should be an interesting week.