NBA Rumors: Sickening Rumors of Boston Celtics Interest in Larry Hughes

Tom SmithCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

Fresh on the heals of the Shaquille O'Neal signing, there is a rumor started by Marc J. Spears' Twitter account that the Celtics are interested in obtaining free agent swingman Larry Hughes.

If there is any truth to this rumor, I'm going to need a new trashcan.

Larry Hughes is not a good NBA player. No one says he's great (other than his agent), but I'm saying that he is literally not good. He is a gunner and slasher who doesn't play defense and has a terrible outside shot.

This is who we want backing up Ray Allen and Paul Pierce?

Marquis Daniels is supposed to be the first wing off the bench to give minutes for all three perimeter positions, but we all saw how well that worked last year. It is possible that the nasty thumb injury he suffered early last season threw him off the rails for the duration of the campaign, but it is also possible that he's simply not the man.

Either way, an additional wing would be a great idea. Last I checked Ray and Paul failed to get younger.

There is an outside chance that the Celtics will be able to acquire disgruntled Blazers shooting guard Rudy Fernandez, but that will be tough. This should obviously be priority number one, and it likely is. I love Rudy's game and would smile at the thought of him in Green.

Assuming a Fernandez-free summer, the C's still need to get that swingman. Is Larry Hughes really the best available option?

Whomever the Celtics sign will have to play for the veteran's minimum. Preferably, they will need to be delighted to receive such a sum and work their tail off. A bonus would be legitimate NBA skills.

There is currently, to my knowledge, just one player who fits the bill on all counts—Rashad McCants.

As profiled in July 26th issue of ESPN the Magazine, McCants, 25, did not play a minute in the NBA last season for the simple reason that team executives around the league believe he has an attitude problem. I've not seen a single criticism of his ability, it just seems to be that he doesn't smile on the court or do the rah-rah stuff that teams like to see their youngsters do.

This belies the fact that the kid can play. There is every reason to believe that he could be the answer off the bench at the shooting guard position. He's even strong enough to defend small forwards, despite giving up several inches most nights.

There are two teams that should be calling McCants—smile or no smile—the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics. Both teams could use him, and both could offer him a stable environment dominated by strong veteran leadership and excellent coaching.

The Celtics need to banish all thoughts of Larry Hughes from their heads. McCants can play. Hughes cannot. Pretty simple.

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