A general rule of thumb for GMs to operate by: Do not sign a seemingly washed-up player who admittedly smokes weed, hates the national anthem, played only 18 games last season following ACL surgery, and shot just 35.8 percent from the field during said games — even if he’s a former NBA All-Star who once played with the versatility of a Swiss Army knife.
But what if that player isn’t entirely washed up? Note: If there’s a puddle of urine in the kitchen, the dog probably peed.
And what if the Boston Celtics have seven roster spots to fill and only a mini mid-level exception to work with? Sadly, the Celtics will need to take fliers on players who they wouldn’t otherwise target. That’s what happens when you need a lot of groceries from the store but you don’t have any money in your wallet. After a little time flirting with steaks but realizing you can’t afford them, microwavable dinners start to seem a little more appetizing.