Yesterday, A. Sherrod Blakely tweeted that Luke Harangody’s agent believed Harangody would sign a contract with the Celtics sometime this week: “Talked with Harangody’s agent. Said he and Danny A. should get something done next week. Danny’s plate has been pretty full lately.”
Blakely then went ahead and wrote a piece that discussed whether the C’s would ACTUALLY sign Buzz from Home Alone. In it, he discussed the problems with a potential signing. (CSNNE)
With the additions that Boston has made to its frontcourt this summer coupled with the guys returning, Harangody won’t play much this season.
And that creates a bit of a conundrum of sorts for Boston.
If you’re the Celtics, do you give that final guaranteed roster slot to a player who deserves it but probably won’t see much action as a rookie, or do you instead try and add a player like Larry Hughes, who has the potential to crack your regular playing rotation?
First of all, with regards to Hughes, I just want to say one thing. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!
Secondly, Blakely forgot to mention that the Celtics still have the option to sign ‘Gody and trade Sheed’s contract, upgrading their backup wing situation and retaining their newest, whitest member all at the same time.But even that scenario brings up a problem. Even if the Celtics trade Sheed’s contract before the season, which I’m almost positive they will, a Harangody signing (if he’s given a fully-guaranteed contract) means they will have no roster flexibility moving forward. They will have 15 guaranteed players, which, short of waiving someone like Shaq or Harangody, will keep the Celtics from signing someone off waivers near the end of the season. Alas, that may not be such a bad thing. Because yeah, P.J. Brown was instrumental to the 2008 title, but Sam Cassell, Mikki Moore and Michael Finley weren’t exactly front-runners for the All-Star team. But the Celtics like to add guys late in the season, and signing Harangody would keep them from doing that. (Unless he was later cut, a la Lester Hudson. Nobody said this whole roster talk thing was simple.)
Still, late-season waiver wire be damned, I’m all for signing Harangody. But if the Celtics have a chance to add someone to the roster who can help this season, they’ve got to do it. Because even in my wildest dreams I don’t see Harangody having any type of role this year. And I don’t know about you, but I’m a “win titles now, ask questions later” type of guy.