Things are heating up in the free agent market and dominoes are beginning to fall. There have been several big free agent signings so far. The Celtics are putting all their eggs in the Rasheed Wallace basket right now and Sheed has said he would take his time deciding so all the Celtics can do is wait.
Danny offered Sheed a 2 year contract for the MLE and I have read in a couple places that Sheed is looking for 3 years at least. He is 35 and he has slowed down somewhat in recent years and he may see this as his last big contract. I just get visions of James Posey all over again. The Spurs and Cavs are both after him and the fact that he is taking his time deciding tells me he is looking for the team that will give him the most security. All they have to do is give him that extra year and no matter how much he likes the idea of playing with KG, he is going to go for the money and security. Also, the Spurs will offer Sheed a starting role whereas with the Celtics, he will come off the bench, which may sway him toward the Spurs. But, at his age, coming off the bench may be a welcome change, who knows.
Loscy has an open letter to Danny on his decision not to sign Leon Powe. In all my 40+ years of following the Celtics, I don't think there has ever been a decision by a Celtics GM that has disappointed me more. The Contra Costa Times has an article with some quotes from Leon that just really make you hurt for the guy. The whole time he has been rehabbing, he expected to return to the Celtics. Doc told him he wanted him back and then Danny dropped the bombshell on him.
"First he said it was money issues ... then he said I'm going to take up a roster spot and that he's not and the owner's not willing to wait," Powe said. "He said they've got a two-year window to win the championship and they wanted someone who could play right away."
"They gave me a lot of reasons why. It's not like I'm asking for $30 million a year. That would be hard," Powe said. "Just give me something for one year, just to show y'all that I'm going to work hard and when I come back I'm going to be right."
"I thought, 'I've been with the team, they know me, they know I'm a hard worker. I've done everything I've been asked. I was playing hurt when I did it,'"‰" he said, referring to the anterior cruciate ligament injury.
"They told me I need to go find another team. I didn't think they'd do anything like that." "You always want to be somewhere you're appreciated. At that time I didn't feel appreciated," he said.
"I got a lot of motivation right now," he said. "I love the work, it's just a challenge for me. I've been down this road. It's nothing new.
"I ain't got no doubts. I know as soon as I get back on the court I'm going to be ready to play and play good."
I just love this kid. He has battled back from ACL injuries in both high school and college and played at a very high level. Leon played for 3 minutes after tearing his ACL because his team needed him. You just don't find guys with that much heart every day. Miami, Orlando, Oklahoma City and Memphis know what kind of player Leon is and have all contacted Leon's agent about possibly signing him. I have no doubt that Leon is going to come back and play at a high level again this time. As for Danny's excuse that he needs the roster space, he carried Sam Cassell most of last year and he never suited up, not even once. He also carried Patrick O'Bryant who didn't contribute and was an obvious bust from the beginning. Tony Allen has been injured for much of his career so far and Danny has carried him even though he has regressed instead of getting better. All I know is that Karma is not a nice thing to mess with and by turning his back on Leon, Danny messed with Karma big time. Leon would have worked his heart out to rehab his knee and right after the all star break would have been back and ready to play at a high level and would give the team a boost going into the playoffs. That's more than I can say for Sam Cassell, Patrick O'Bryant, Mikki Moore, or Tony Allen, all of whom have occupied Danny's precious roster spots. If another team signs him, it will be a huge loss for the Celtics in more ways than one.
What is it with all these teams signing free agents so quickly. Detroit had Gordon and Villanueva on the first day. Artest agreed with the Lakers after just a couple of contacts. Ariza agreed with Houston like almost immediately. Yet here the Celtics sit hoping Sheed will pick them. Could it be that other teams are willing to go that extra year and pig headed Danny is not and therefore we are stuck with the Patrick O'Bryants who are willing to sign for 1 year at the veteran's minimum?
Speaking of the other signings. The Cavs big score so far is Shaquille O'Neal. They were all so ecstatic when he was announced today. But Suns fans would like to warn them not go be too giddy about it in an open letter on Deep Purple.
Today he told reporters “I’m not here to demand 40 or 50 shots. Thirty (laughing). I’m just coming in to do my part.” Funny because during his introduction in Phoenix he said almost the identical thing, “I’m not a ball freak I’m not going to be asking for 30 or 40 touches. I just want to fit in”. We all saw how that worked out for the Suns. By the 2008-2009 season Shaq was demanding more touches than a frat boy at a strip club and instead of advancing the Suns fans’ dream of a title, he and his personality helped to dash them.
Don’t get us wrong Cleveland, stay optimistic as long as you can. Try not to lose faith until it becomes abundantly clear that you have to. Just remember, when Shaq came to the desert, the Suns were a first place team in the west, they were a title contender for four years running and they just couldn’t get over the proverbial hump to win it all (sound familiar?). One hundred and three games, thousands of tweets and one playoff win later the Suns are no longer a contender and are on the verge of losing one or two of their stars, Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash, (if you’re not careful it will sound familiar sooner than you think). Buyer beware, because once you buy into the hype that is Shaq the process begins and, at least in Phoenix, it ends with the fans still urning for a ring and with the feeling of a “Big Disappointment”.
As for Artest to the Lakers. during the playoffs, as I was doing the comments from the other side, I would peruse the Rockets' boards and they weren't very happy with Ron Ron and his need to be in the spotlight. Here are a few comments from Rockets' fans after learning that Ron Ron was going elsewhere. Here is mini comments from the other side edition on Ron Artest to the Lakers:
Looks like I can go back to hating Ron Artest on the court. I disliked him on the court for the Rockets
Good Riddance! this guy was a locker room cancer
I won't lie, I'm happy he's not a Rocket....not so happy he's a Laker though, unless he implodes that team like he has every other team he has been on.
I couldn't agree more. I think he has a good chance of imploding that team. His horrible shot selection isn't going to sit well with Kobe
I'm glad he's gone. He sucked on the court.
no idea what actually took place, but the Lakers are absolute idiots if they chose to give Ron Artest the MLE in lieu of Trevor Ariza. I'm guessing though that Ron was plan B after Trevor gave word that he wouldn't be back. I can't see them being that stupid.
Good, someone to keep the ball out of Kobe's hands.
he will implode that team. ariza was a better fit for them b/c he only shoots when he's wide open and NEVER creates his own shot (even if he can b/c he has that ability sometimes). ron dribbling and going nowhere will piss kobe off.
Nice, Artest the chemistry killer will destroy the Lakers.
Agreed. There is no way in hell that Kobe is going to put up with that crap when not even Rafer Alston could. Ron doesn't even bring defense anymore. This is an atrocious signing by the Lakers, especially coupled with the fact that they're losing Ariza, a guy who fit like a glove on that team. I don't think they repeat next year, just based on this.
I can honestly see Ron, Kobe, and Odom fighting in the locker room. Something will happen in that locker room before the season ends.
there is nothing special about artest. his selfish play was detremintal to the Rockets. So long Artest. I really don't care where he ends up. as long as it isn't here.
I think this great news. I had hopes for Artest when he came over but was really disappointed in his play.
Agreed, his toughness/attitude was better than his actual play on the court, I can't wait to see him implode that team.
Ron is gone so what. He didn't do anything here anyway. He wasn't the Ron Artest that we saw. Good ridance. We were suppose to have 2 shut down defenders. I found it funny how we still only had 1. Every guy Ron guarded just went right by him. Hmmmm some great defender. He use 2 be good but the past 2 1/2 years his defense has slipped.
Artest can't guard anybody anymore that has a quick first step. Lakers should have gone with Ariza imo.
i imagine Kobe fighting to get the ball from his teammate Ron
Artest is not the caliber player he thinks he is. And his Robert Horry imitation grew old fast.
honestly this is probably the best case scenario. artest has the best potential to internally destroy the lakers.
Part of the reason both the Cavs and Lakers were so good last year was their chemistry. Both teams are making moves that could seriously affect that chemistry. It is going to be an interesting season with all these big names changing teams. One thing that I saw on the Houston boards was the feeling that if they signed Ariza Shane Battier was likely on his way out and they would be looking to trade him. Maybe they would like Scal or Tony or some good young talent like Giddens or Pruitt. I'd love to get Shane Battier. He would be the defensive 3 that we need. He played Kobe as well as anyone in the playoffs.
There are several teams who are very interested in Big Baby. Among them are Detroit, Memphis, New York and San Antonio. Detroit especially is serious about making him an offer and they still have money to spend. Not to beat a dead horse, but if Big Baby signs elsewhere, Danny may be sorry he was so quick to write Leon off.
Finally, today was my birthday. A year ago I got a ton of Celtics championship gear for birthday presents. Next year I will be putting in my wish list for 18th championship gear again but this year this is what I got.
I don't agree what you wrote down about Leon's matter. The Sam Cassell's thing was not Danny's decision to keep him on the bench, that was Doc's decison.
And to "Patrick O'Bryant, Mikki Moore",tell me which better idea or option you can made before you see the results? Don't you exited about Mikki coming to the Boston? you know that Celtics won't have chance to get Joe because no MLE like Cavs has.
Danny and Wyc were quite generous to spent money to help teams to win,but sadly some times it doesn't always work good.
That was Doc's fault not to play bench enough in 2008-2009 Season not Danny's. Now those Bench players looks like worthless.
May be you can after 2009-2010 Season then write down" What a waste on Sheed, totally waste a spot,why not go after ...etc" but don't forget how exiting are you in summer 2009.
The "TA", he was injured between his rookie contract. Suppose he injured like Leon at the end of contract, he won't get a new contract either. He was injured so bad that not possible be traded, so only thing can do was waiting and pray.
But now Celtics have to spent money wisely to make more People like KG,PP,Ray and Doc happy. I remember PP once said,"The Celtics means to win,that's all about."
We need to win but right now, as long as KG still living in Beantown, Celtics will looks interested to big free agents.
That why Danny said"in two years", The KG's Trade cost Celtics so much, we need to use all the potential resource from that trade.
If we give up the Chance on free agent market and resign Leon, that kind waste of part from that trade.
To leon, I feel so sorry, the Injury he got looks like too bad, I believe Danny or Wyc knows that Leon may be won't come back like before. Just look TA you will know such ACL injury like kind of cancer to Basketball players.
I do prefer Celts fans or organisation to make farewell ceremony or something an honor to Leon Powe, to thank what he tributed to this Team.