A few new players, and one you’ll certainly recognize, were thrown out as options the Celtics might consider signing (or trading for) if the opportunity arises. Peter May and A. Sherrod Blakely (great minds think alike, I suppose) both wrote a column about five players the Celtics could target via trade or buyout. It’s unclear whether the players mentioned have been linked in any rumors, or are simply ideas May and Blakely conjured inside their heads.
Josh Childress – Umm, no. Firstly, he will make $34 million (including this season) for the next five years. Secondly, he’s not even in the rotation in Phoenix. Thirdly, did I tell you about that contract? The Celtics want to maintain cap flexibility for the summer of 2012. Trading for a halfway decent sub with a grim reaper contract isn’t the best way to do that.
Charlie Bell – I used to love Charlie Bell. I did. He’s a junkyard dog type and, once upon a time, he could also shoot. But he’s only shot better than 38.1% field goals once in the past four seasons, and even then he only shot 41.4%. Also, Boston’s biggest need is at the small forward position. Bell doesn’t fit that need. And, oh yeah, he was arrested for a DUI two weeks ago.
James Posey – If the Celtics could somehow pick up ’08 Posey, I’d be the single happiest man alive. I’d basically guarantee a title (and several homo-erotic hugs before each game). But this is 2011, and Posey isn’t the same player. He can’t crack the rotation in Indiana, mostly because Paul George, Brandon Rush and Dahntay Jones are all better. Seriously, they are. Celtics fans still see Posey as the perfect sixth man he was in ’08. But that’s like still seeing Antoine Walker as the young, thin, do-it-all forward who came into the NBA without a love affair for the three-point arc. Time passes, and things change.
Richard Hamilton – If Rip gets bought out, he makes a whole lot of sense. If he doesn’t get bought out, he makes no sense at all.
Troy Murphy – Sure, the Celtics’ frontcourt’s a little thin right now. Sure, Murphy could spread the floor and rebound the basketball. Sure, Murphy was a walking double double the last two years before this one. Okay, before I talk myself into Murphy, let me ask: Do the Celtics really need him?
Anthony Parker – Solid player. Not quite washed up. Plays a little defense. Can shoot the rock from outside. Kind of reminds of a rich man’s Michael Finley, and I’m not sure whether that thought excites me.
Ramon Sessions – If the Celtics are looking to upgrade Nate Robinson to a real backup point guard, Sessions could be an option. But whereas Nate comes off the books following 2011-2012, Sessions has a player option for 2012-2013. And the Celtics have tried desperately not to commit any money for the 2012-2013 season (only Rondo and Pierce are signed beyond 2011-2012). Methinks Sessions is not the player who would make them reconsider that stance.