NBA Free Agency 2012: Should the Boston Celtics Sign Scott Machado?

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2012

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13:  Scott Machado #3 of the Iona Gaels drives on Craig Cusick #2 of the Brigham Young Cougars in the second half in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics are the Miami Heat's biggest rival and have moved closer to dethroning the kings of the Eastern Conference.

Boston re-signed virtually everyone other than Mickael Pietrus and Greg Stiemsma, and picked up Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Jason Collins.

There really is no gaping hole in Boston's roster, which has gone from one of the thinnest to possibly the deepest roster in the league.

In fact, it is highly possible that the Celtics stand pat with their current roster and do not sign anyone else for the upcoming season.

Yet, there are a few hidden gems left on the free-agent market who Boston can get for cheap.

One of those players is Scott Machado.

The Iona point guard was outstanding in college, averaging 13.6 points, 9.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds. I know this is a huge stretch, but those numbers resemble those of Rajon Rondo.

I am not saying that Machado is ever going to be what Rondo is, but he has the ability to be an able backup in the future.

Keyon Dooling is a one-dimensional player who can knock down three-point jumpers when he is hot. However, he is not a strong enough facilitator to spell Rondo for more than 10 minutes.


Machado, on the other hand, proved to be a great facilitator in college, when he led the NCAA in assists, even topping first-rounder Kendall Marshall.

His deft passing is really what allowed Iona to even be in the NCAA Tournament. It was shocking that Machado fell past the second round of the draft even though some prognosticators had him being selected late in the first round.

Not only does he have the ability to be a solid rotation player, but he is one of the more mature rookies still available.

Machado is the kind of guy who will do everything he can to be the best he can be. This bodes well for a rookie playing on a veteran team.

This is one of those low-risk, possibly high-reward moves, considering that Machado would only get the rookie minimum.

Signing with Boston even makes sense for Machado because he would learn from the best passing point guard in the world in Rondo.

At the end of the day, this is a perfect match waiting to happen.