I was confused at first when the C’s failed to keep Tony Allen around. But after seeing their final offer to him, a lame two-year, $5.2 million offer that never had any chance of being signed, I am more convinced than ever that Danny Ainge has some sort of backup plan.
The C’s wouldn’t have just let TA go, not when they’re only armed with minimum offers, unless Ainge is ready to get creative to bring in a backup small forward via a sign-and-trade or other such wizardry.
I guess creative is how the only way to describe having serious interest in Josh Howard, who would only be available through a sign-and-trade. (Yahoo!)
The Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls have shown “serious interest” in free-agent forward Josh Howard, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
While the Bulls could have the salary-cap space to sign Howard, depending on what happens with their offer sheet to J.J. Redick, the Celtics would need a sign-and-trade to make a deal because they have already used their midlevel exception on Jermaine O’Neal.
Howard used to be very good. Hell, he was an All-Star once upon a time. But that was then, this is now. Now there are all kinds of red flags waving around Howard. 1) Not only is he a pothead, but he’s also dumb enough to admit it. 2) He took a ginormous step backwards last season (or two steps, or maybe even three). 3) He tore his ACL in Ferbuary and it’s not even 100% that he’ll be ready by training camp.
As you can see, this would be a huge-risk, big-reward type of deal. Because yeah, Howard’s a washed-up pothead with a torn ACL who despises the national anthem, but perhaps there’s a chance that last year was a fluke and he didn’t really turn from All-Star to bum quicker than you could say “marijuana.” As recently as 2008-’09, Howard averaged 18 points and 5 boards while shooting 45% from the floor. So maybe there’s hope for him yet.
But is he worth all that risk?