Boston Celtics: Sorting out the Guard Rotation for 2012-2013
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Until then, why not take a look at what the C's are sure they do/will have in their backcourt for the upcoming season? Where do the guys who are currently signed for 2012-2013 all fit?
Last year, particularly in the later stages, Boston featured a formidable back court trio in Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Ray Allen. When it comes time for the team to assemble for next year, that outfit will look a lot different.
Here to replace Allen (and take over some ball handling duties that Bradley is not equipped for) is veteran Jason Terry, a born gunner who will be expected to run the second unit, and see plenty of key minutes at the ends of close games.
As long as Bradley is out and the Celts don't bring in another 2-guard, Terry may wind up in the starting lineup, at least to start the season. However, he's a former Sixth Man of the Year winner and will do the majority of his damage coming off the bench.
The only other guard right now is second year man E'Twaun Moore, who has been running the point for the Celts' Summer League squads in Orlando and Las Vegas. Moore's contract isn't guaranteed for the upcoming season though, so the Celts can cut ties with him by not signing him by midnight of the last Summer League game day.
It makes sense for the Celts to bring Moore back for another year and not just because he's playing well during this extended tryout. He's a talented guy who can come in for cheap and learn under Rondo and Terry.
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Moore is also insurance at the point, given the amount of cap room the Celts have left and are still apparently interested in bringing in someone else to play the 2. Someone like Keyon Dooling being brought back into the fold at something close to the $2.25 million he made last season seems unlikely.
After that, nothing is guaranteed. Celtics fans hoping for former high school standout O.J. Mayo to come in and take over at the 2 will have to turn their attention to other free agent options now that Mayo has signed with Dallas.
It could be Courtney Lee, it could be another round of Mickael Pietrus, or it could be something not yet even dreamed up.
What is for sure is that when everyone is healthy, the triumvirate of Rondo, Bradley and Terry will be the main cogs in the Celtics' back court machine.
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