If I were Danny Ainge...
My first order of business would be to get my number raised to the rafters. I mean, come on, I won three NBA championships, I'm top five in playoff games played and I masterminded sweet No. 17. I deserve a little love.
|Kevin Garnett |
|Ray Allen |
|Paul Pierce |
|Kendrick Perkins |
|Rajon Rondo |
|Brian Scalabrine |
|Tony Allen |
|JR Giddens |
|Bill Walker |
|Eddie House* |
|Glen Davis |
|Leon Powe |
|Gabe Pruitt |
|Mikki Moore |
|Stephon Marbury |
I have the full mid-level exception available, with which I can sign any player to a contract for the average NBA Salary (about $5 mil) up to five seasons. I also have the bi-annual exception with which I can sign a player for a contract of up to two years and about $2million. For a complete overview of salary cap rules and restrictions click here.
Also undersized, Powe is a solid defender and a grea offensive rebounder, but he'll be coming off his second major knee surgery and likely won't be ready for the season opener. Marbury didn't play very well this season, and looked rusty at times, but he is still a talented lead guard who could be a difference maker for the second unit.
He is a young, athletic player with a soft touch from behind the arc, but he hasn't shown that he can be physical enough or a good enough ball-handler to succeed in this league. Ultimately, I would extend Pruitt only as a last resort and I'd pursue other options at PG.
Andre Miller would be more expensive, but at his age and for a chance to play for a contender, he might sign for the mid-level exception. He would be the best backup PG in the league, but we have more glaring needs for a Pierce/Allen backup and a backup center, which will command our money.
The best part? He's 25 and has only played one full NBA season. There is potential there. At this stage in his career, Gortat is only a role player; he is good at what he does, but he is limited.
riza has played well all season and will command money; however, coming off of back-to-back Finals appearances, Ariza will most likely stay with the Lakers or sign with a title contending team. The Lakers are over the luxury tax and need to think about resigning Lamar Odom.
Also, Kobe has an opt-out clause for next season. Ariza may not be a top priority. That's where the Celtics mid-level exception might look good to the guy. And it'd be nice to stick it to LA and take one of their guys.
Dahntay Jones and Von Wafer would be really solid backups to Pierce and Allen, if we don't sign Ariza. On ther other hand, if we don't sign Gortat, Anderson (whom I wrote a great post about here) and Bass are both good role players, who would fill our needs up front.
Barnes just finished a one-year deal for the league minimum with the Phoenix Suns and he can play multiple positions. He can backup Pierce and he can also play power forward in a small lineup.
And that's great for Davis, he deserves it, but we just can't afford to throw a lot of money at him. We have bigger needs. Unless Davis decides to re-up on the cheap, I'd have to use his spot to sign Bass, or Anderson.