Good news, to say the least.
No description necessary, which is good because proper descriptions of Scal defy all conventional vocabulary.
Scalabrine, as always, for the win.
Courtney Lee verbally confirmed what we all suspected based on his NBA history of willingly playing subservient roles: He came to the Boston Celtics to win, and he doesn’t care how Doc Rivers uses him. (WEEI)
“I had a lot of different offers from a lot of different teams, but the one I really wanted to come to was Boston,” Lee said Thursday from the Boston Children’s Museum, where the Celtics held their Summer Soiree to benefit the Shamrock Foundation. “So, I spoke to my agent and I spoke to my family. It was a decision that I had to take less money to come here, but in that I’ll be winning, I’ll have a chance to play on TV. That’s what everybody wants to do. They want to win big and a chance to win a ring, so it was a no-brainer for me.”
“I just want to win,” said Lee. “I’m not the coach, so whatever Doc feels will help the team it’s his decision, so I’m just going to go out there and just play. [Coming off the bench] is the same as starting a game. You’ve got a job and a role to go out there and fulfill, and you’ve just got to be a professional and handle that.”
The Celtics have a reputation as a tight-knit team and brotherhood (see: Jeff Green waking up from surgery to see a number of his teammates waiting). That will only help them on their quest to build a harmonious locker room year in and year out. Because of the team-oriented culture in Boston (Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo’s supreme cat fight notwithstanding), the Celtics now attract the right type of players: winners who want to serve a role, play alongside as much talent as possible, compete for championships and strum their guitars while singing Kumbaya around a bonfire each night.
Since Wilcox is coming back from heart surgery and all, expect him to return with a four-year, $36 million contract.
Just kidding, y’all. A little Jeff Green humor. I’d assume Wilcox’s deal is for the minimum. Though he was just recently cleared for contact, this is good news for the Celtics’ big man depth. If nothing else, it means Fab Melo is not likely to begin the season as the team’s primary backup center, which is nice.
The Boston Celtics are looking to execute a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks to land Jason Terry, which would leave their mid-level exception open for someone else (Courtney Lee, anybody???). Terry is still coming to Boston regardless, but Danny Ainge is looking to creatively acquire him while leaving room to add another bench stalwart. (Dallas Morning News via Celtics Life)
In regard to outgoing players, Jason Terry still hasn’t signed with Boston, but that deal has been agreed upon. Apparently, the only holdup is whether the Mavericks can figure out a way to sign-and-trade Terry rather than simply losing him in free agency for nothing.
It might be a way to get Terry a few more dollars, and it might net the Mavericks a second-round draft pick or something like that for the future.
Either way, it won’t stop the departure of Terry. He’s a Celtic. It’s just a matter of how that deal gets completed.
Obviously, a sign-and-trade for Terry works better for the Celtics. If Terry comes via the mid-level exception, Boston has no cap space to sign any of their top remaining targets, which include Lee and O.J. Mayo. If they could use their mid-level exception on someone other than Terry, suddenly Lee and maybe even Mayo become something less than a pipe dream.
Doc Rivers is moving on from Ray Allen, and he doesn’t want to discuss the departed shooter anymore. (Boston Herald)
But the Celtics coach, watching the Cs’ summer league team play Detroit today in Orlando, didn’t want anything to do with his former guard’s issues.
“Listen, I’m not talking about Ray right now. He’s no longer part of us,” said Rivers. “That’s my take, really. We talked about a lot of stuff, but really, I’m talking about our guys.”
Ray Allen is no longer part of the Celtics. Weird, but true. Let’s talk about Kris Joseph instead! I’m falling in love with Boston’s second-round pick, and it might be unhealthy.