One of the best NBA writers ever plopped by a stork onto a couple’s doorstep will be joining us on Celtics Town’s King of the Court podcast tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated is coming on the show to chat about the Celtics’ offseason. The scribe has labeled Boston’s offseason one of the seven most intriguing in the NBA, writing:
The Celtics have clearly given themselves a puncher’s chance at winning the 2012-13 title and the ability to put out much better small lineups against the Heat. They will be massive underdogs as long as Miami is healthy and motivated, but they are much better equipped now to take advantage of a tiny break, such as some chemistry malfunction among the Heat stars or a poorly timed tweak to Dwyane Wade’s knee. But as things stand now, they need that kind of break.
Was that worth all of this spending? Boston is capped out for 2013-14, with an anticipated payroll so high that it might not be able to use the full mid-level exception to attract another veteran. The Celtics already have about $57 million committed in 2014-15 (including estimates for draft picks between now and then), though the bill gets a little lighter if Garnett’s $12 million deal for that season is only 50 percent guaranteed, as several sources around the league claim. And Green’s deal will likely have some partial guarantees built into it.
Still, Boston might end up paying Lee, Terry (already almost 35), Bass and Green about $27 million in 2014-15, meaning it’s clearly punted some future flexibility in exchange for a small — but much-improved — chance of a title next season. Some of these assets, especially Lee, Bass and Paul Pierce, whose deal for 2013-14 is only partially guaranteed, are tradable if things go badly.
Just a fascinating offseason, with ownership’s addiction to winning surely playing a role in some of president Danny Ainge’s decisions.
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