Last season, I cancelled my subscription to Insider because I was mad at the NBA for all the lockout nonsense that was going on. This season, after Danny re-signed KG and signed Jason Terry, I subscribed again. I'm excited about this season for the Celtics and I want to savor every big of it.
Even though I hate the Jeff Green deal with every fiber of my being, Boston's offseason was so good in other respects that I have to put them here. For all the angst over Allen's departure, the Celtics' ability to put together a creative sign-and-trade for Courtney Lee effectively made it a moot point; Lee is younger, defends better, shoots 40 percent on 3-pointers and costs less than what they had offered Allen.
The Celtics also got some much-needed bench scoring by picking up Jason Terry with their midlevel exception -- something made possible by inking Kevin Garnett to a cap-friendly deal that will keep them below the tax apron -- and then rounded things out by keeping Brandon Bass and stocking the bench with some solid minimum deals (Jason Collins, Chris Wilcox, Keyon Dooling). First-rounder Jared Sullinger looks like a keeper, too.
The one negative was the Green deal, which is believed to be four years, $32 million -- far too much for a player who has proven fairly replaceable in his first four seasons and missed the fifth with a heart problem. Nonetheless, Boston, against all odds, seems primed for yet one more run.
While I think the jury is still out on just how much Green can give the Celtics, I don't get how negative Hollinger is about the deal. I would rather never have lost Perk but we have Green and we haven't yet seen what he can add to the team. The deal may be a pricey one for a player we aren't all that sure about yet, but it's not the worst contract out there. I do agree that the Celtics are primed for another run, however and can't wait and that Danny did a good job re-stocking the cupboards for the season.
In the "Bad" column, Hollinger includes Philadelphia, Washington, and the NY Knicks. I like this quote about the Knicks:
don't get what the Knicks did at all. They opened free agency spending like drunken sailors, using some creativity from their front office (in the form of non-guaranteed contracts to bit players) to create the salary ballast to execute three sign-and-trade deals.Unfortunately, they used it to sign a pair of geriatric vets to three-year deals. Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby will likely help them some this season, but this was classic New York shoot-money-out-the-firehouse stuff.
Can you say, "Typical Knicks?" In the "Ugly" department, we find the Mavericks, Bulls, Rockets, and Magic. I don't think the Rockets and Magic are done. Something is going to be done with Dwight Howard eventually. The Rockets are still in pursuit of the disgruntled center, although I really don't know why. The Mavs being in this group surprised me, though. I thought they did pretty good luring in Kaman, Mayo and Brand, but Hollinger doesn't see it as enough to not waste another year of Dirk Nowitski's prime.