'Twas The Night Before Free Agency in Boston

Sam EsbeContributor IJune 30, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 28:  Rasheed Wallace #36 and Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons box out against Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 28, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

And hopefully, Danny Ainge is stirring.

Three news items to report as we head into free agency.


"KG pleas have worked - Bos is on Sheed's list w/Dal, Orl, SA. Don't count out Lakers, either."Ric Bucher on Twitter

Bucher originally reported that Rasheed Wallace was not interested in going to Boston. However, he tweeted today that Wallace, based on numerous phone calls, would consider joining the Celtics.

Besides the fact that I personally would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversation, Wallace to Boston makes some sense, but note I use "some" and not "a lot of."

Rasheed has never been on a team where he wasn't one of THE guys. Whether it was Portland or Detroit (I don't count his one game in Atlanta), Rasheed started and was considered one of the premier players on the team.

If he went to Boston, this would not be the case. Matter of fact, he wouldn't even start. I'm sure he has to know that before he makes his decision of his future employer, which is perhaps the reason why I don't think that Wyc Grousbeck will be the one signing his checks come October.

But the Celtics do have the personnel, from the player perspective to the coaching infrastructure, to handle Sheed. Doc Rivers is the ultimate veterans' coach and having Garnett, a close friend and rival of Wallace, would only help matters. I am intrigued, but I think the Celtics would be better off addressing the gaping hole that is a combo wing.

Editor's note: Gary Tanguay reported on Comcast Sports Tonight that his sources have told him that there is a mutual interest between Rasheed Wallace and the Celtics. With two different sources confirming interest, perhaps Wallace to Boston is becoming more of a reality.


"Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed yesterday the team will make a qualifying offer to forward Glen Davis."Boston Globe

This decision is an easy one. In fact, it makes so much sense that it isn't even newsworthy. What is much more difficult will be whether the Celtics will offer him a contract, in place of the qualifying offer, and to what extent they will be willing to match if Davis receives an offer from another team.

Davis is an asset. If the Celtics can re-sign Leon Powe and sign Rasheed Wallace (or another big guy), Davis can be used in a sign-and-trade deal for another player. He would certainly have value to other teams (Oklahoma City and Milwaukee come to mind).

I don't think the Celtics should break the bank for Davis, nor do I think they should extend him a contract beyond the 2012 season. But he showed in the postseason that he is a capable fourth offensive target and is very good with the defensive rotations. A deal similar to the one Kendrick Perkins received (four years, $16 million) would be acceptable for me.


"Free agent guard Stephon Marbury said he would like to re-sign with the Celtics if he is offered a fair deal."Boston Globe

Key word here is "fair." For me, "fair" is a one-year deal at the veteran minimum. If Marbury has a better offer on the table, I wish you good luck, Stephon, with your future employment.

The Celtics only have one Bird-year with Marbury, meaning that if they were to offer him a contract greater than the veteran minimum, they would have to use part of their MLE, something that they should not do. Also consider that, as luxury tax payers, the contract the Celtics give to Marbury counts for twice as much as it's worth.

The reality of the situation is that Stephon doesn't have many options. He didn't play well enough to merit anything greater than a veteran minimum contract and if he expects to be compensated for a history of good statistics, it tells me that he hasn't changed the way we thought he might, and the franchise is better off going in a different direction.

That's it for now. Let's hope we can wake up tomorrow to good news.