Why did the Celtics sign Marquis back? Didn’t Danny Ainge watch any of the games last season? – Joe
Look, I’m not going to sit here and tell you Marquis played well last season. He made about as much of an on-court impact in the second half of the season as Dana Barros did. But Daniels is a player who’s been good for his whole career. He knows his role, he doesn’t make mistakes and he normally produces at a solid rate. So what happened last year? It was a combination of injuries and a lack of confidence, I’d say. But we need to pretend like last year never happened. Get out your Men In Black memory eraser thingy and wipe the slate clean. If Daniels can get his head back on straight, he could end up being one of the steals of the offseason. Plus, there wasn’t really much else to choose from. Unless, ya know, you’re a really big Jarvis Hayes fan.
Why is no one talking about Shannon Brown as a possible pick up? He’s a pretty athletic guy but I don’t know if he fits the team. – @carltastic77
First off, calling Shannon Brown “pretty athletic” is like calling Shaq “pretty big.” Secondly, it’s not that he doesn’t fit — the Celtics could always use a super-bouncy shooting guard who can play PG in a pinch. Brown is just likely to get a salary higher than what the Celtics can afford. If Kyle Lowry is worth $6 million a year, there’s no way Brown’s going for the minimum. By the way, the Lakers think they’ll keep Brown even after the Matt Barnes signing. Not to make you want to jump out your window or anything, but they’ve had a damn good offseason. And even though I didn’t mean to, I think I just made you want to jump out your window.
What are the chances that one of the rookies this year makes a huge impact helping the team? – @carltastic77
Huge impact? I’d say zero. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. Bradley has the potential to be a stud down the road, and Doc Rivers already practically foams at the mouth when talking about his defense. That said, I wouldn’t expect him to play very much for two reasons: 1) Doc loathes rookies and 2) Bradley projects to be a point guard, where he’d probably be behind Rajon Rondo and Nate Robinson on the depth chart.
As for Harangody, I wouldn’t expect much of anything. Not only is he a vertically challenged big man with no athleticism, but he’s a vertically challenged big man with no athleticism on a team that already has one of those. There’s no way Harangody takes any of Big Baby’s minutes, I don’t think, and there’s zero chance both of them could play together.
The last rookie, Semih Erden, is kind of the wild card. He didn’t show much in summer league, but he’s a legit seven-footer with decent athleticism. Even though he’s probably a few years with Clifford Ray away from contributing, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Erden get a little playing time while Perk is down. He’s decent enough defensively that he wouldn’t hurt the Celtics too much. Yuck, what am I saying? If Erden plays any minutes at all, the Celtics are in trouble.
You know, I think you just may be the best free agent left. How would you feel about coming out of retirement? – Max Hard
I’ve been working out a lot recently, and by a lot I mean once or twice a week. I’m no longer 40 pounds over my playing weight, only about 35. But I’ve been averaging about 20 in summer league (granted, against out-of-shape men and underdeveloped high schoolers), which puts me just about on par with the premier free agents left on the market. I’m willing to listen to offers, but — even at this stage of my career — I’m not a minimum guy. Deadeye jump shooters like myself don’t grow on trees.