Even though Marc Spears is no longer the Celtics' beat writer for the Globe, he still is doing more reporting on the Celtics than the Celtics reporters are. Lex over on Lex Nihil Novi has been demanding some answers and straight talk about KG's knee. We finally get some answers from Marc Spears on Yahoo.
Garnett began working out at the Celtics’ practice facility on Monday. For now, he is limited to participating in court drills that include shooting and running. He could be cleared for contact as early as the week before camp.
“We’re looking for him to be there at the end of the season, not just the start of the season,” Ainge said. “We’re getting him ready for training camp and looking forward to him being healthy in the playoffs. He looks good. Really good.”
So there you have it. KG has been participating in drills but hasn't been cleared by the doctors for full contact yet. He looks good enough that they are hoping for that clearance before training camp starts. Sounds good to me. I think they would be wise bringing him back slowly. In the beginning of the season, it would be better for Sheed to get more minutes anyway to get acclimated to the Celtics' system.
Marc also tells us that Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rasheed Wallace also are working out at the Celtics’ training facility. We have gotten word through Twitter that Shelden Williams is there working and Danny previously said that the young guys have been there for awhile already working out. Just like in 2008, they are getting a head start on the season.
Also in Marc's article is the fact that Danny still isn't sure if he will offer Rondo an extension before this season starts. If he doesn't work out an extension now, Rondo will be a restricted free agent next summer. Giving him an extension now seems to make the most sense. By next summer, I am certain that Rondo will increase his worth by having another great season. I am also certain that some team will be willing to overpay for Rondo to keep the Celtics from matching. I'd rather lock him up now instead of possibly losing him and having to find another point guard. If you are lucky enough to find a great PG, you should try to keep him.
And finally, the Celtics are considering signing another PG, which I think is a smart idea since they actually have only one right now. All the recent articles talk about finding a 3rd point guard behind Rondo and Daniels. If Daniels is indeed being considered as a back up PG, does that mean that Bill Walker is ready for minutes at the back up 3? Anyway, Marc comes through again with news that the Celtics have a few PG's in mind:
Possible candidates include second-round draft pick Lester Hudson(notes) and free agents Tyronn Lue, Dan Dickau, and Mike Taylor, who worked out at the team’s facility on Thursday.
I hadn't heard anything about Mike Taylor previously. I wasn't even sure who he was. So I did some checking and he was a rookie last season and played in 51 games with the Clippers. He averaged 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 15 minutes per game. He played two years at Chippola Jr College and one at Iowa State before joining the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League for the 2007-08 season where he averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists as the team’s sixth man. He is 6'2" and is described as extremely quick and athletic and as a tremendous ball-handler with good change-of-direction ability.
We also learned yesterday that Dan Dickau has been invited to training camp and that he is a Danny favorite. Lue also has to be considered a favorite in that he is one of KG's best friends. I'd feel better with a true PG on the roster as a back up in case the Quisy at point experiment doesn't work out as good as Danny hopes it will, or even if Quisy is needed more at the 3 rather than the Point.
I'm sure you'll find something. How about continuing the campaign to see more Walker? Or maybe an extension for Rondo? How about a discussion of all the teams Dickau has been on? That should take a couple of weeks at least?