The Boston Celtics have targeted some new potential backup small forwards, according to the Boston Globe. Remember, they need a new small forward so they can match up with the Luol Dengs of the world.
The Celtics are looking for a backup to Paul Pierce and the candidates are Cleveland’s Anthony Parker, who is playing out an expiring contract, New York’s Roger Mason, Washington’s Josh Howard and perhaps Indiana’s Dahntay Jones.
Some intriguing names, indeed. Roger Mason, Jr. hasn’t been relevant in two full years, but he once took the world by storm in San Antonio. Josh Howard hasn’t been relevant in almost two years, but he used to be an All-Star, smokes a lot of marijuana, hates the national anthem and is almost recovered from a torn ACL he endured last season. And Dahntay Jones — has he ever been relevant? — might be the most intriguing of the three new names. He’s athletic as all hell, thrived in Denver when the Nuggets used him as a defensive stopper, and kind of reminds me of Tony Allen, in a hopefully-not-as-many-headaches type of way.
I’d be happy with any of the four guys on this list (including Parker), even if none of them would be perfect. Or maybe the Celtics could coax Michael Finley out of retirement? I’m kidding, of course, but Finley could give Jermaine O’Neal company on the “physically unable to perform because I’m more washed up than a beached whale” list.
On another note, I’d be shocked if Marquis Daniels returns to play this season. For the third or fourth different time, Doc Rivers said not to expect Daniels any time soon.
“Like I said earlier, I don’t think you should look forward to Marquis coming back any time soon,” he said.