Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of Each Offseason Move
The Boston Celtics have been quite busy this summer, making offseason moves left and right. Instead of rebuilding, the C's have reloaded this summer to prepare for another championship run.
Although a key piece of the Big Three has taken his talents to South Beach to mark the end of an era, a new time in Celtics history is beginning. Rajon Rondo will lead the team back to the postseason next year, but who exactly is his supporting cast?
Boston's front office seems focused on winning again. Here are the pros and cons of each of the Celtics' offseason moves.
Re-Signing Kevin Garnett
The Move: The Celtics re-signed Kevin Garnett to a three-year, $34 million deal.
Pros: With KG on board, the Celtics don't have to worry about completely rebuilding just yet. The veteran will keep Boston in contention for at least another year. Garnett was rejuvenated last season when he made the switch to starting center. He dominated at the position and was a serious candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
Cons: At age 36, Garnett's window is beginning to close. He was reportedly considering retirement before deciding to rejoin to C's. Although he had a great 2011-12 season, the same production is not guaranteed for next year. The wear-and-tear of the center position will eventually catch up to him, which leaves questions about the Celtics providing him with a multi-year deal.
The Addition of Jason Terry
The Move: Boston used its mid-level exception on Jason Terry, committing $15.6 million over three years.
Pros: The former Sixth Man of the Year is a great addition to the team that needed a replacement for Ray Allen. The Celtics need someone who can spark the offense off the bench. Who's better than Jason Terry? He averaged 15 points per game off the bench last season. Terry knows how to score and fills a major hole in Boston's game.
Cons: Like Garnett, Terry is getting older and his contract is for three years. While he is a great shooter, he's not amazing like Ray Allen. His defense isn't the best, especially when it comes to rebounding. Both Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are great defenders, so the defense might decrease when Terry is on the floor.
Re-Signing Brandon Bass
The Move: Celtics re-signed free agent Brandon Bass to a three-year, $20 million deal.
Pros: Bass came into his own last season as the starting power forward. Due to injuries and consistent play, he finally got a chance to prove himself, and Celtics fans got a chance to witness his best season so far. Bass gives the Celtics consistency and efficiently, plus he hasn't even reached his prime.
Cons: It's hard to think of any negatives. Bass has everything going for him within the Celtics organization. He is way too valuable to Boston for them to let him slip away. There will always be room for improvement, but locking up Bass was a no-brainer for the C's.
Bringing Back Jeff Green
The Move: Jeff Green missed all of last season due to career-threatening heart surgery. The Celtics brought him back with a four-year, $36 million contract.
Pros: Green has an extremely promising future in Boston. Versatile forwards who can both drive to the post and shoot three-pointers are always needed. Plus, he can give Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a couple of much-needed breaks. Green also plays outstanding in-your-face defense, a great quality to have on a defensive team like the Celtics. He averaged 15 points and six rebounds in Oklahoma City. Hopefully, he can bring that same energy to Boston.
Cons: Some argue that the Celtics overpaid for Green, especially considering the questions surrounding his health and production. Boston only got a glimpse of his game in 2011, so they are taking a risk by signing him to such a big contract.
Sign-and-Trade for Courtney Lee
The Move: The Celtics sent JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and two second-round picks to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Courtney Lee.
Pros: Lee is a solid, young addition to the Celtics. In the loss of Avery Bradley to injury, the team needed a guard. Lee is not only another scoring threat off the bench, but he also adds depth to Boston's squad. He can hit threes, finish in transition and defend smaller guards and forwards.
Cons: The Celtics shipped a few promising players off to Houston to acquire Lee, but was he worth it? Although Lee has plenty of potential, he needs to become more aggressive on defense. He's not quite on the same level as the other guards in Boston yet.
Greg Stiemsma Out, Jason Collins In
Pros: Boston is saving millions of dollars on a reserve center. Stiemsma wasn't worth the money he was asking for, while Collins is cheaper and overall just as good as his replacement. With KG excelling at the center position, Collins probably won't be getting much playing time, but he has already proved he's a decent defender.
Cons: The Celtics let go of a better shot-blocker and rebounder in Stiemsma. In addition, Collins is older in age. It doesn't quite make sense for Garnett's backup to be old and deteriorating.
Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling
The Move: The Celtics gave both Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling veteran's minimum deals.
Pros: Both players add significant depth to the bench and will ease up the intense use of the starters during the regular season. Wilcox has proved himself to be a consistent forward. Dooling is a very efficient guard with great locker room presence. The guard also had a few standout moments in last year's playoffs. The best part about signing the two veterans is that the Celtics know exactly what they're getting.
Cons: Wilcox's career with the Celtics has been plagued with injuries, as well as a enlarged aorta that prematurely ended his 2011-12 season. Dooling also dealt with injuries in the beginning of last season. Boston can't afford to lose multiple players to injury again this year.
Drafting Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo
The Move: The Celtics selected Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo at the 2012 NBA Draft.
Pros: Sullinger is a powerful forward who plays a very physical style of basketball. The former first-team All-American at Ohio State will take some of the pressure off an aging Paul Pierce. Fab Melo was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12. The Celtics needed a big man, plus Melo has plenty of room to grow.
Cons: Boston is trying to win another championship this year, so the lack of experience might hold them back in the postseason.
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