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It would be an unfortunate turn of events for Celtics fans, but if the team would prefer to use their MLE on a better-than-average veteran, the former three players mentioned are history.
In this scenario, the Celtics wouldn’t be forced to sign three players to veteran minimums, so they could target more attractive players, but would it be worth it? So many new players could create chemistry issues, but if Davis prices himself out of town there is no alternative.
Let’s keep Iverson and Radmanovic on the roster for this example. They’d still be relatively inexpensive players, maybe earning above the league minimum now.
Next, the team would target a decent player. Would an amnesty clause candidate be a strong fit for the Celtics?
Rashard Lewis will most likely become available, but is he any better than Glen Davis at this point?
Gilbert Arenas is another likely player, but again, is he better than Delonte West right now?
This scenario doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Celtics, but if they had to find a player to sign, Carl Landry would be a good start.
Landry doesn’t jump off the page, but he’s a good player. It just depends on whether or not he thinks he can make more than $5-6 million per season. Plus, with Garnett’s possible departure next season, the Celtics need to target a big man who they could lock into a Bird-year contract for the following season.
Jason Richardson is another player who might sign for the MLE, but he doesn’t fill a big need for Boston. Richardson can still ball, but would come off of the bench behind Ray and Pierce, so he doesn’t make sense, but could be acquired.
Shane Battier would be a nice addition to the Celtics. He’d be worth the MLE but will likely be a popular player on the market on December 9th, so Boston will have to fight for him. Battier will have the luxury of playing where he wishes.
Outside of these players, there isn’t anyone really deserving of the full MLE, so if none of those guys pan out, the Celtics will split the money among less enticing names such as Craig Smith, Grant Hill, Reggie Evans, Josh Howard, Anthony Parker, Caron Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Tracy McGrady and Jared Jeffries.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O’Neal, Avery Bradley, JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Craig Smith, Josh Howard, Anthony Parker, Allen Iverson, Vladimir Radmanovic, undrafted rookie center.