Two players who would certainly help the Boston Celtics, both in terms of basketball performance and overall team GPA.
As you can probably tell based on Danny Ainge’s interest in approximately 2,398 players since the NBA lockout ended, Ainge is a busy man. That’s what happens when you have seven roster spots to fill, a shortened free agency period in which to fill them, and fairly little money to fill them with.
Battier is probably a long shot. A similar player to James Posey, Battier has said he would like to sign a three- or four-year contract. The Celtics chose to let Posey go rather than sign him for four years after the 2008 championship, when Posey was 31 years old. Battier’s 33 already. Though he won’t necessarily break down like Posey did (which was very similar to the way the Cool Runnings bobsled came unhinged), the Celtics would probably try to limit Battier to a shorter contract. Maybe Ainge could convince him. Maybe Battier will go somewhere else.
Hill has stayed in Phoenix to this point, but at 39 years old, maybe he wants one shot at a championship before retirement. But is Boston that place? At the very least, if Hill signs in Boston, he could play cribbage and knit sweaters with Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal.