In an interview with WEEI, Doc Rivers said he expects Nenad Krstic to re-sign with the Celtics.
“I think we’ll get him back and he’ll help us in the future,” said Rivers.
With the Celtics searching for some way to improve their middling offense (it ranked 17th in efficiency this past season), Krstic could help. Re-signing him might make a lot of sense; though the thought of signing Krstic long-term fails to bring tears of joy to my eyes, Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal are both contemplating retirement (Rivers said he expects Shaq to retire, though Shaq hasn’t said so—wait, didn’t Shaq retire in February?) and Glen Davis seems likely to relocate this summer. Given that the Celtics will have little cap room to sign outside free agents (depending on the new CBA), Krstic might be the best option. And yes, that sound you hear is me gagging.
Moving back to Glen Davis, Rivers believes the impending free agency changed Davis’s mindset and contributed to his poor play of late.
“Scoring was way too important to him, instead of being who he is,” Rivers said. He wouldn’t mind seeing Davis return to Boston, but only if the Celtics can A) get him at the right price and B) return his mind to a happy place.
In his own understated way, Rivers threw Ainge (and his midseason trade) under an 18-wheeler traveling 85 miles per hour. Rivers didn’t think the personnel moves were necessarily bad; he just felt the timing was wrong. Asked whether he would have done the trade again, he said, “I’d wait until after the year is over.” In the middle of the season, adding a slew of new players set the Celtics back like the day we switch from Daylight Savings Time.
Rivers reiterated Danny Ainge’s belief that if Jeff Green returns next season, there’s a possibility he might supplant Paul Pierce in the starting lineup. That plan sounds worse than the time I played an April Fool’s joke on my high school principal. I won’t go into details, but she called me into her office later in the day; two policemen were waiting to speak to me. That was when I realized I might have gone a little too far.