Danny Ainge admitted what’s been so damn frustrating for us Celtics fans over the past couple weeks. (Boston Herald)
“It’s just a waiting time right now,” Ainge said yesterday. “Some teams have a lot of money left to spend, and we have to wait them all out.” [...]
The Celtics’ attempt to move the yet-to-retire Rasheed Wallace’s $6 million salary slot may even take longer, after teams finish with free agency and have a better idea of how their respective rosters shape up.
But right now, movement on that front for the Celtics is even slower than the attempt to sign a quality player to a veteran’s minimum contract.
Paul Pierce wasn’t joking last week when he said there were “slim pickings” left in the market.
Not even the lure of a team that came within 12 minutes of the NBA title is always enough when money is involved.
“That’s never been enough to prevent guys from making money,” said Ainge. “It’s always hard to gauge. We just have to wait and see. There are still good players out there.”
I wouldn’t be worried except the Celtics have SO MANY holes to fill. Backup shooting guard, backup small forward, and another big. I figure Sheed’s contract can fetch one or two of those spots, leaving one veteran minimum guy to fill the leftover(s).
Can the C’s still put together a deep bench? I think so. Sheed’s retiring contract will become very valuable once a few teams get near the luxury tax. But this waiting thing ain’t fun.