I just spent over an hour listening to Stephon Marbury chatting about everything under the sun. It was great! He talked about his teammates on the Celtics, coaches, foods he likes, TV shows and lots more. He was very honest and open. Ball Don't Lie has a compilaton of quotes from the chat for you to check out. He loved his time in Boston and isn't closing the door to a return. Earlier in the day I sent this tweet to him:
I'd love to see what you could do in Boston with training camp behind you. Come back and show us, please!
He is definitely one of the most approachable stars out there and is really reaching out to the fans and having a lot of fun with Twitter. This brings me to a big rumor that is over on New England Sports 24/7:
A source tells NES247 that Stephon Marbury will be returning to Boston, possibly for the bi-annual exception, before the end of August. Marbury is still playing the waiting game to see what other teams have to offer, but he intends on returning to Boston and Ainge has already given him a contract offer.
Now, they don't divulge their sources and so we don't know how accurate this is, but I'd personally love to see him back. He wasn't very effective in his time last season, but we did see some flashes of the old Starbury. He didn't play for over a year and didn't have all that much time to learn the system and get in shape. I would love to see him come into camp with this team and have training camp and a whole season to play with them. I think he would be back to his old form and he would be an incredible help to this team. Let's hope the rumor is true and he is coming back because I don't think we will find a better back up PG.
Another rumor circulating is that the Nets are interested in Big Baby. But then again, they are also interested in Lamar Odom and Marvin Williams and Drew Gooden and several others. They still have their MLE left and could offer Big Baby more than either the Pistons, Blazers, or the Hornets who are also reportedly interested. The NY Post thinks the Big Baby talks are a lot of babble and doesn't think they will sign him. For one thing they have 15 players and another they are being very tight with their money. Marc Spears also reports this: The Celtics have said they would match any reasonable offer for Davis. The Detroit
Pistons, New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers, league sources said, tried to work a sign-and-trade deal for Davis only to be rebuffed by the Celtics. Boston did offer Davis and guards J.R. Giddens(notes) and Gabe Pruitt to the Pistons for forward Jason Maxiell and a first-round pick, but was quickly turned down.
Who could the Hornets and Blazers have offered if Danny turned them down and then offered Big Baby, Pruitt AND Giddens for Maxiell and a first round pick. Big Baby is a better player than Maxiell. I just don't see it. BUT, the Globe today reports that it was the Pistons that made the offer, not the Celtics. That sounds more like it to me. Very curious stuff. Oh yeah, in the midst of all this contract talk, Big Baby decided he wants a new nickname. Just call him G-Force.
Matt Barnes has signed with the Magic. They certainly haven't stayed with the status quo. In spite of making it to the Finals last season, they have made some big moves this off season. They have made some very good moves and they are going to be even tougher this season than they were last.
The Cavs made an offer to Jamario Moon. The Heat still can match it but if they get him, I think they made a good move. Danny was talking about going after Moon before he signed Daniels. Now the Cavs have gone after him. He will be a good addition to their team along with Parker and Shaq. The Cavs will also be tougher next season than they were last season.
Daniels is a good move for the Celtics but I am still wondering who we are going to have to give up to get him. If we can get him with a sign and trade and can save the LLE, we may be able to get Marbury back with that, or lure another good player to Boston with it in case a team decides to over pay Big Baby and the Celtics don't match.
Sean May signed with the Kings for one year. Just as well because some people were advocating the Celtics sign May instead of Big Baby and that would be a mistake. Even if Big Baby goes elsewhere, I don't think May is a player who could help the Celtics at this point.
According to reports, several of his Laker teammates have reached out to Odom and he is not leaning toward returning to LA in spite of the wooing from D Wade and Pat Riley. I would love to see him go elsewhere and stick it to those pompous and self inflated Lakers.
Things should be shaking out within the next couple of weeks. For one thing, the Celtics have to decide on whether to pick up Pruitt's option by August 1. The details should be worked out soon as to who goes in the Daniels deal or if the Celtics have to use the LLE to get him. In the meantime we watch and wait.
Nice summary! I also want to Stephon back, and am a little surprised by the criticism he has gotten for his run last season. Not sure what fans expected. I thought he did a good job of making plays, and pressuring the ball. Sure he was rusty as hell, but what did people expect after not playing for so long, with limited minutes?
Yes, Cavs and Magic stepped their games up - but at the end of the day I think it all comes down to health. If KG and the boys can be at full strength I like our chances.