It sure has been taking awhile to finalize the Marquis Daniels deal. I know Danny must be trying every option possible to get a sign and trade worked out. Since Indy isn't willing to take on any of the players Danny is offering, Danny needs to find another team to trade with and I am sure he is calling every GM in the league to try to work something out. It's hard to believe, but there are still rumors out there that Danny is trying to move Ray and Rondo in some kind of a blockbuster deal. The papers were saying that the deal was supposed to be finished up last week but still no news on it.
I keep thinking that Danny has a player in mind for the LLE and that is one of the reasons he is working so hard to pull off a sign and trade to get Daniels. You have to wonder if maybe Iverson is the object of his affection. We still need a back up PG. The free agents who are left: Stephon Marbury, Tyronn Lue, Bobby Jackson, Jacque Vaughn, and Brevin Knight all seem like candidates for the veteran minimum. Only Iverson, among the PG's who are left strikes me as a player who would want more. It could be that the delay in the Daniels deal is tied in with the fact that Danny hasn't moved to sign a PG yet. Or, maybe Danny will sign Lue to a vet's minimum contract and offer the LLE to Bowen, although I think he could be had for the vet's minimum as well. This should all work itself out in the next few weeks, hopefully.
I have to say that having a player with a tatoo of the state of Florida on his back is pretty intriguing. If the game gets boring because we are ahead by 50, I can always have fun pointing out where I live.
The Magic players are very serious about winning this season. They got a taste of being a contender last season and liked it. They have made some big moves to improve their team and Rashard Lewis posted these tweets today:
At the hotel in Philly now chilling here all week to work out with team mates we geting it in early trying to get ready for the season.
Not a camp but every one will be here may be 2 are 3 guys not comeing but for the most part we all here.
Done working out now we going play paintball with team mates.
So, the Magic players are all gathering to get a jump on the season already. They are working out together and bonding off the court. Better not to underestimate them as they are serious and are putting in the work to get it done. The Celtics did the same thing in 2007, getting together in early September to work out but last season and this season, they don't seem to have that same sense of urgency. I guess maybe they are figuring that the season is long enough at their ages without extending it into September. But, it's that kind of urgency and dedication that won the title for the Celtics in 2008 and it is what it will take to win it this season.
I have considered doing a post about the situation with Leon Powe, but opted to just address it here. I think Danny totally mishandled this situation. He failed to make the qualifying offer and for weeks and months we heard that the Celtics were moving on and that they wished Leon the best and that the Celics would re-sign him once he completed his rehab. But then the Cavs, among others, showed interest in Leon and he gave a verbal committment to sign with the Cavs, only after the Celtics made no move to sign him. He said that his preference was to come back to Boston. He even called Steve Pagliuca personally.
Then AFTER Leon had told the Cavs he would sign if he passed his physical, Danny made him the same offer as the Cavs had made. Leon had already given them his word and he wasn't going back on it. That's the kind of guy Leon is. Danny on the other hand is a snake in the grass. He made it sound as though Leon had chosen the Cavs over the Celtics when in truth, he chose the Cavs because the Celtics didn't show interest until it was too late. Danny wanted Leon back or he wouldn't have made the offer after the fact but, he had gambled that no other teams would make an offer because of the knee injuries and he lost the bet. It just really was wrong of Danny to try to make it look as though Leon chose the Cavs offer over the Celtics offer to make himself look better and Leon look like the bad guy. I really hate dishonesty. This isn't the Celtic way that Red worked so hard to establish.
It's hard to believe, but Stephon Marbury is STILL doing his live broadcasts on Justin TV. He has done everything from eating vaseline to having a car accident to smoking pot live on camera. It seems as though he needs that interaction with the people through his broadcasts. I don't know if he will play baskeball this season, but he may not even notice because he is so wrapped up in performing for the camera. Too bad, because I think with a full training camp and whole season, he could have helped the Celtics and been an ideal back up PG. Although Danny still mentioned him as a possibility I really think Danny needs to go a different route.
Update: I've been reading a lot this morning about Bruce Bowen turning down the Celtics offer. Mostly it started with a report on Hoopsworld, which isn't always the most accurate source, and built from there. Right before he was released, there were reports that there was mutual interest between the Celtics and Bowen from a source I consider reliable. Now we hear that he isn't interested in Boston. Seems to me that maybe Danny and Bowen are making a wink, wink agreement that Bowen can rest for the first part of the season and that gives Danny some time to evaluate players and then make a deal at the trading deadline to dump a couple of players and then pick up a fresh Bruce Bowen for the stretch run. If he knows now that he will be coming to the Celtics he can learn the plays at his leisure and then come in ready to play. It would be a win-win situation for both sides.
I don't believe that baby and Leon both can remain in this Team. It is a Decision has to be made, only one of them can be the Celtic.
From the day which Leon got injured on, Celtics has already made their mind clear, Baby means more than Leon to this Team, remain Baby was the first goal in Summer.
Leon didn't want wait, he want to be the first guy get offer. Quite impossible because Celtics ware not much place left in Roster. The Pursuing Sheed and other veteran players are obviously important to this Team then Leon Powe's request.
Look how other Teams get improved in the same time, you will feel stress for sure. What about sign Leon before baby? Do you think baby will be happy to come back seems not much minutes left for him.
You may want to do some research about how the Celtics treated some players in the past. I am doing this from memory but I can recall the Celtics having contract issues with Cedric Maxwell, Gerald Henderson, Don Chaney, Paul Silas, Jon Berry and Brian Shaw. When it came time to pay those guys, the team always seem to find a reason to low ball them. I am sure there are others but I just can not think of them at the moment.
Hocje and Ralfee both make good points. My issue is not with the fact that Leon wasn't signed. I could understand if they just chose Baby over Leon. I wouldn't like it, but would understand. I can understand low balling a player and not wanting to pay as much as the player wants. We will probabaly see that with Rondo's extension. BUT, my issue is with Danny offering Leon a contract AFTER he committed to Cleveland and then coming out and saying that he offered Leon the same thing as Cleveland did, after not making any contact previously, and then making it seem like Leon was the bad guy for not taking it.