Free Agency Frenzy
|07.01.09 at 10:39 am ET|
For the last twelve hours or so, NBA free agency (or in other words, the sport’s biggest square dance) is under way. This year’s free agent class includes quite a few notable names — including a few that could be in Danny Ainge’s sights.
Our own Dan Guttenplan takes a good look at Rasheed Wallace and the chances that he’ll be playing on Causeway Street. Guttenplan points out Wallace has excelled in situations with a great deal of discipline, and would do well in a disciplined environment playing with the always intense Kevin Garnett. Let’s face it — the Celtics most glaring needs are in the frontcourt. This past season, the Green certainly could have used another P.J. Brown or James Posey.
A name that could also intrigue Ainge and Celtic Nation is that of Chris Andersen. Andersen was on the Celtics radar late last summer after coming off of a drug use suspension and was close to signing with the C’s. (Andersen was also involved in one of the biggest dunk contest blunders back in 2005. Just ask the Birdman, he’ll tell you that good things take time.)
The Birdman isn’t the only former dunk contest participant on the free agent block this summer. Both Celtics alum Gerald Green and Miami small forward Jamario Moon were involved in the famed 2008 contest.
Sadly, there are no superheroes on the free agent block this summer.
Much was made in 2004 of Danny Ainge’s supposed infatuation with Bakersfield, California high schooler, Robert Swift. However, Swift was selected by the now-defunct Seattle SuperSonics three picks ahead of the Celtics’ first pick that year. However, if Ainge so desires, he could finally be united with the Ronald McDonald look-alike at long last. Chances are the seven-footer would come at a small price tag considering the tattooed center has been a disappointment by averaging just 4.3 points per game and an even less impressive 3.9 rebounds per game.
If the Celtics are looking for a back-up point guard there are two future Hall-of-Famers available in Jason Kidd and Allen Iverson.
Kidd became part of a good-sized controversy when Globe columnist Bob Ryan made some fairly disparaging comments about Kidd’s family on WBZ’s Sports Final back in 2004. The comments directed at Kidd’s now former wife, Joumana, landed Ryan in a one-month suspension from both the Globe and ESPN’s Around the Horn.
And last and certainly not least, this quick jaunt around the free agent market takes us to Iverson. Where does one even think to begin when writing about Iverson? Sure, he’s a former MVP and 10-time All-Star. He’s also won the NBA scoring crown four times, but let’s be honest, there’s one thing we all know that Allen Iverson will be known for from here on out.
Iverson or anyone else detailed here at the LEEInks, are probably not be the “answer” to the Celtics free agent questions, but how sweet would it be to see any one of these names wearing Celtic green?
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