After announcing that Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, the Boston Celtics have a crater on their bench and only veteran’s minimum contracts to throw at potential replacements. And they will certainly need replacements. If the regular season began today, the Celtics would begin the year with and injured Paul Pierce and two backup small forwards: Marquis Daniels (coming off spinal surgery) and Sasha Pavlovic (coming off a vomitacious four-year stretch during which he was literally one of the NBA’s worst offensive players).
The pickings will be slim and whoever the Celtics sign (assuming they do sign somebody) will likely be a marginal role player. Comcast’s A. Sherrod Blakely reports the Celtics will look at Al Thornton, DeShawn Stevenson and James Posey, but the Celtics will be hard-pressed to find legitimate help available for the veteran’s minimum.
With only the veteran’s minimum to offer, it becomes even less likely that the C’s will be able to find a player not currently on the roster, to help replace Green’s contributions.
Some of the possibilities for the C’s include former Celtic James Posey, Al Thornton and DeShawn Stevenson.
For now, the Celtics will try to make due with the current roster.
Because the 6-foot-8 Green could play both forward positions, a team source said the C’s are likely to rely on multiple players to fill the void he leaves behind.
Al Thornton is green beans. I despise green beans. Hate everything about them — their texture, taste, even the way they look on my plate. But if I was starving for a few days and green beans was the only thing I had in my pantry, they’d start to look a lot more appetizing. Same goes for most of the other small forwards Boston will be able to target using the minimum. Fucking green beans.
I would actually like Stevenson, who played a role on a contender last season and would surely be an upgrade to Sasha Pavlovic. I love Posey, but he’s about 95 years old in NBA years. Other names I’ll toss out there that I wouldn’t mind include Peja Stojakovic (washed-up, but still a pure shooter), Michael Redd (ditto) and, um — am I really going to say this? — Jamario Moon. Other than that, green beans. Unless I’m missing someone. Feel free to tell me if I am.