Celtics fans have been waiting for something to happen. It seems like we have been waiting forever for the Marquis Daniels trade to be finalized. There was some talk that something would happen today because of the deadline for picking up options for some players. There were 2 key transactions today that will or could affect the Celtics.
First, the Celtics waived Gabe Pruitt. This wasn't unexpected. He has been with the Celtics 2 seasons and in spite of the need for a back up point guard, he hasn't been able to crack the rotation. It was the feeling that Pruitt wasn't aggressive enough to win more playing time. Summer League was to be his last chance to make an impression on the team and while he played well, it wasn't enough to prove to them that he had improved enough to pick up his option.
With Pruitt being released, that opens up one roster spot and reinforces the need for a back up point guard. There is the possibility that they give Lester Hudson a chance in training camp after his finger heals. They may also go with a combination of Marquis Daniels and Eddie House. Or they may look to find a veteran PG for the minimum. I am really not too sure about Marbury any more as he seems to have gone off the deep end.
There is still no word on whether they have any possibilities for a third team to complete the Daniels trade. He is definitely excited about coming to the Celtics. He changed the background on his Twitter page to a Celtics theme and he is wondering which number he should wear in Boston next year. It would be to the Celtics advantage to make a sign and trade so that they can pay Daniels a little more, open up a roster spot, and keep that LLE in case the right player comes along for it.
Speaking of that open roster spot, most Celtics fans prefer that it would be Tony Allen that gets traded in the sign and trade for Daniels. It seems that Tony isn't just sitting around this summer. He joined Big Al Jefferson in Prentiss, Mississippi to put on a basketball camp for the local kids. Good for him!
The second transaction that may have an effect on the Celtics is the fact that the Bucks placed Bruce Bowen on waivers. Just like the Pruitt move, this wasn't unexpected. Apparently they couldn't work him into a trade at his 4 million dollar salary. By waiving him before August 1, he will only cost them $2 million instead of the whole $4 million. There were some credible rumors that there was mutual interest between the Celtics and Bowen. I doubt any teams pick him up off of waivers. So, we have to keep waiting and wondering. He is 38 years old and has lost a step on defense but at the vet minimum, he may be a good pick up. I don't like the guy but if he can help us win #18, I can learn to like him.