Gary Tanguay was just on the phone on Sports Tonight and said that sometime soon, Rasheed Wallace and his family will be in Boston to check out the area and talk to the Celtics. Rasheed was just in Dallas, but Tanguay didn't know if it was to meet with the Mavericks or just to visit Dallas. But he was certain that Sheed would be meeting with the Celtics and that they would be checking out the Boston area with an eye toward Sheed possibly signing there. Still nothing certain, but it is obvious that Sheed is indeed considering Boston to sign with.
Eddie House finally made his decision to stay in Boston for the $2.86 million remaining on the second year of his contract. I think he made a wise decision. I am sure he checked out the free agency climate and realized that teams are not looking to spend a lot of money this off season and even if a team was interested, he probably wouldn't get more than his current contract.
Marc Spears mentioned Lamar Odom as being at the top of his wish list. I just don't see that happening. Odom loves LA and hates Boston. I don't see Odom wanting to come to Boston and if he did, it wouldn't be for what Boston can afford to give him. But, I am sure Danny will give him a call because it can't hurt to give it a try.
The Celtics have made a qualifying offer to Glen Davis, but Scott Souza is reporting that Danny didn't make an offer to Leon Powe, making him an unrestricted free agent. I really hope Danny does right by him and brings him back. I am certain that Leon will come back from this injury just as he did from the others. He will be back at full strength just in time for the playoffs when the Celtics need him most. Any guy who plays 3 minutes after tearing his ACL deserves another chance. This guy is all heart and I want him back.
The Globe confirmed that Danny is interested in re-signing Marbury. Whether that interest turns into an offer will depend on what the Celtics have to spend and what Marbury will accept. Danny once again said that the Celtics plan to use their MLE for the right player and that player will more than likely be a center or power forward.
ProJo caught up with Paul Pierce at Brandeis University for his annual Skills Academy He feels that all the Celtics need is to get healthy and to add some depth. He also addressed the Rondo rumors.
"Rondo's not going anywhere," he said with a smile. "That's the fun part about the summer. Rondo's going to be a good player in this league."
Pierce went on to add that Rondo's personality can be taken the wrong way.
"Rondo's biggest weakness is his greatest strength. He's a competitor. He helps you win games," he said.
There will be a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 to intoduce Lester Hudson, the Celtics lone draft pick this year.
Now the fun starts with the first day of free agency and the rumors should be flying hot and heavy. Danny will be busy and hopefully will do better this off season than Patrick O'Bryant. Tanguay still feels certain that Sheed will be a Celtic based on his relationship with KG. That would fill a big need and Marbury would fill another. And if they could find a back up for Pierce like Parker, Barnes, or Marion, we'd be all set. Artest owes Pierce one after pulling his shorts down in one game. Maybe Pierce can collect. It's going to be an interesting couple of weeks. Teams can talk with free agents starting on Wednesday July 1, but they can't sign until July 8.
Summer League next week could answer some questions when we see Gabe Pruitt, Lester Hudson, Bill Walker and JR Giddens in action. There will be others invited, but I don't see Danny making any of those guys an offer unless they are spectacular.