It’s buyout time, which means there are a bunch of mediocre players ripe for the picking, and a few contenders trying to solidify rotations jockeying for their services. You could say a guy like P.J. Brown might come along to help a team significantly in its championship quest — and you’d be right — but, more often than not, buyout players are more similar to Sam Cassell, Stephon Marbury, or Mikki Moore: Mediocrity in its purest form.
The Celtics apparently have interest in another unexceptional talent, Larry Hughes. (Boston Herald)
The source added the Celtics also have lingering interest in Hughes, though they would have to wait for the former Knick’s broken finger to heal. According to a published report, Hughes’ negotiations with Charlotte broke down this week over the team’s concerns about his readiness.
The current market appears to have produced less than the Celtics anticipated. According to the source, the team anticipated buyouts for New Jersey’s Tony Battie – a former Celtic – and Bobby Simmons. But both remained Nets.
“Lingering interest,” ehh? I want to give Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers one word of advice: Fuhgeddaboutit.
Mike Finley could possibly help: The Celtics need a shooter. But Hughes? No way. Not a chance. He’s — gasp — not even as good as Tony Allen. Signing him would be a waste, and playing him minutes would be detrimental. He shot 36.6% from the field this season, in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Need I say more?
Please, Celts, stay away from this bum.