The Celtics are still trying to re-sign Tony Allen and Nate Robinson. (Boston Herald)
The C’s general manager has to complete deals with Jermaine O’Neal, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. And he’s still trying to lure Tony Allen and Nate Robinson back.
“We’ve talked to Tony,” Ainge said. “We’re just continuing to have conversations, but we’re not close to doing anything right now. I think both those guys are exploring their opportunities.”
I’m all for bringing these guys back. Robinson was benched for much of last season… but then won two playoff games for the C’s. And Allen was my least favorite player on planet earth in ’08-’09… but then redeemed himself by growing a basketball IQ (albeit a fragile one) out of nowhere.
I didn’t think it was at all possible the C’s could retain Nate Robinson, but now I wouldn’t be surprised in the least. I am pretty sure I was wrong about the amount the Celtics could offer him. The non-Bird exception, if I’m not mistaken, allows teams to sign players without Bird rights to 120% of their previous salary. Since Robinson made $4,000,000 last season, he’d be able to make a salary of $4,800,000 for the Celtics next season. He’s not worth more than that on the market, is he? I mean, he may be talented but he is also shorter than my 13-year old little brother and was benched by two different coaches last season.
P.S. – If I’m completely wrong about my salary cap knowledge, I would not be at all surprised. That’s what happens when absolute morons try to brush up on the cap.
P.P.S. – If you had the choice, would you rather have Eddie House or Nate Robinson in a C’s uniform next season?