Celtics coach Doc Rivers said yesterday that he would like to see the team add another shooter, if possible. Now that the C’s have Wallace’s roster spot to work with, they could add another free agent before the season.
“One more piece is possible,” Ainge said. “I like the pieces we have at this stage and would be happy going into training camp with this team. It is possible though we could add another player, most likely for the veteran’s minimum. Possibly a trade, but the most likely scenario is for the veteran’s minimum.”
Adding another shooter would be great, especially considering the question marks surrounding Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels, but, unfortunately, the remaining free agent market is slim pickings. It’s like scouring the junkyard for that one item you need that isn’t too badly damaged: you have to look long and hard, but you aren’t guaranteed of finding anything worthwhile.
The Scrap Heap
Delonte West- In an upset, West seems like the best option for the Celtics at this point. He may be mentally ill, but he’s tough, he’s a good shooter, a good defender, and he knows Doc Rivers and Boston. The only basketball downside is that he may struggle to guard small forwards, though he does play bigger than the 6’3″ he’s listed at.
Rudy Fernandez- Another intriguing option with some red flags. He’s a great shooter and scorer, but he plays minimal defense. Also, he was unhappy with a reserve role in Portland, and has said he’d prefer to return to Europe. Fernandez is still under contract with Portland, so it would likely take a first-round pick to pry him from the Trailblazers.
Jarvis Hayes- A true small forward who is solid all-around. Decent shooter, good defender, good size. Career backup who shoots 36% from 3′s, but just 41% overall for his career.
Damien Wilkins- Nephew of Dominique Wilkins, but doesn’t share ‘Nique’s outstanding athleticism. Smart player who knows his role and shoots the ball fairly well, though he shot just 29% from 3′s last season for Minnesota.
Jerry Stackhouse- An aged (36 years old) former All-star who’d fit right in with the aged Boston Celtics. Had a good year last year for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 8.5 ppg with 35% 3-point shooting. Has always had a knack for scoring, but no longer has the foot speed necessary to be a good perimeter defender.