Back in the day, roster reconstruction was a much less cumbersome task. Player stability was established by the tradition of the now-reviled “reserve clause” in the basic player contract, which tied a ballplayer to his franchise in perpetuity. (Heck, Red Auerbach wangled a rotation player from Cincinnati in 1970 when the Royals’ coach Bob Cousy, who'd been retired since 1963, decided his team needed the ball-handling services of “Mr. Basketball” himself. You see, the Cooz was still Red’s property.)
So the original “Sixth Man,” Frank Ramsey, transitioned into John Havlicek; one day Cousy and Bill Sharman went into a tanning salon (in the ‘60’s, Abacus?) and walked out as Sam and KC Jones. And the band played on!
However, that pendulum of power has now swung a good bit in the opposite direction. (During his own free agency last summer, was D. Wade being paid by the Heat as a consultant and recruiter…or did it just seem that way?)
The current version of the Boston Celtics has reached that tenuous time in a title team’s tenure when the elite players are beginning to show some age, but would still seem to have enough breath left for one more go-round as a Top Banana, particularly in a shortened season.
The Big Three Plus One, along with a Bradley and the slighter of the O’Neals, are all under contract. Presumably, Jeff Green was not acquired for a mere 26-game stint—let’s assume they’ll find a way to keep him. The slick and versatile skills of Delonte West have been a nice fit and are worth retaining, maybe Marquis Daniels as well.
Add in the two rookies from Purdue University, but we still have some open chairs in the orchestra—not to mention the need for a decent center.
Who can fill the void?
How significant is a potentially shortened season to these decisions?
Well, wonder no more, because Abacus Reveals the five players the Boston Celtics would be wise to pursue.