Fact or Fiction with the Latest Boston Celtics Rumors
This offseason has been a busy one for the Boston Celtics which means there will be a lot of new faces heading into training camp. Ray Allen, Ryan Hollins and Greg Stiemsma are out and Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Jason Collins are in.
The Celtics still have room for another player to be added to the roster so there are plenty of rumors out there.
Here are four rumors that Boston has been linked to and whether they could actually happen.
Mickael Pietrus Will Not Return to the Celtics
Mickael Pietrus has become a talented player off the bench during his nine seasons in the league, making a name for himself with his three-point shooting and on-ball defense. Although he has typically fit well on every team he’s been on, Pietrus struggled in Boston last year, shooting just 38.5 percent from the field.
It will be unlikely that Pietrus returns to Boston for next season, considering he was one of the biggest reasons the Celtics bench played poorly in the postseason.
Paul Pierce Will Become a Free Agent in Two Years
One of the greatest Celtics of all-time, it would be weird to see Paul Pierce in a uniform that’s not green and white in the 2014-15 season. With Boston almost certain to take Pierce’s option next summer, the small forward could become a free agent the following year.
After watching Ray Allen leave Miami this offseason, Boston management would be foolish to let that happen to another one of their players. The Celtics should be able to work an extension before his contract expires, so don’t expect Pierce to take his talents to South Beach anytime soon.
Carlos Delfino Interested in the Green and White
The Celtics have really improved their bench this offseason, by adding Jason Terry and Courtney Lee and the return of Jeff Green. However, Boston could use someone to come on when Paul Pierce needs a breather. Green can play small forward, but he spends the majority of his minutes at power forward and it would be for the best if the Celtics didn't have to rely on rookie Kris Joseph.
Boston Decides to Free Darko?
In July, the Minnesota Timberwolves used their amnesty clause on Darko Milicic, who became an unrestricted free agent after going unclaimed during the waiver process. Milicic has been heavily criticized his entire career for failing to reach his potential after being drafted before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. However, Milicic is still a good role player and is a good rebounder and shot blocker.
While Milicic would’ve been a good fit in Boston, the signing of Jason Collins and re-signing of Chris Wilcox means the Celtics don’t have any more roster spots open to big men.