The Boston Celtics are not getting any younger: Paul Pierce is 34, Ray Allen is 36 and Kevin Garnett is 35. Many believe their championship window with the current group of players has already closed.
The team has been aggressive in trying to improve, as evidenced by their determined pursuit of Hornets point guard Chris Paul. Unfortunately, Paul’s stated disinterest in signing a long term deal with Boston squashed any possibility of him joining the team.
After the Paul to Boston scenario was put to bed, any hopes of the team improving seemed lost.
A major reason why the Celtics seem determined to improve their roster is because of the increased competitiveness in the Eastern Conference.
The Big 3 in Miami made the finals in their first year together and another year will only improve their chemistry with one another. The Bulls held the NBA’s best record last season and have a young team filled with potential.
The Knicks will also be much improved, especially on the defensive end, with the imminent signing of Tyson Chandler.
As of now, you could argue the Celtics are at best the fourth-best team in the conference.
Rumors are now spreading that the Celtics are pursuing free agent David West. West was thought of by most as the premier free agent of 2011 before tearing his ACL late last season.
Assuming West will be able to bounce back from the injury, he would be a good sign for the Celtics. He has averaged at least 19 point per game in each of the past four seasons and will take some of the scoring load off of Paul Pierce.
The main reason why signing West would be good for the team is that it would lengthen their championship window.
Signing West would instantly improve the team. It would allow them to move Garnett to center and have an impressive starting lineup of Rondo, Allen, Pierce, West and Garnett.
The move would also put them in great position for the future. Next year Garnett, Allen and Jermaine O’Neal will all be free agents, giving the Celtics a lot of cap space to work with.
Boston will still have Pierce, Rondo and, assuming they sign him, West. Those are three very good players that could lure in one of the big free agents to join the team.
Boston will have more than enough cap space, allowing them to go strong after Dwight Howard or even go after Deron Williams and then try to move Rondo.
With the Eastern Conference rapidly improving, Boston needs to improve their roster if they want to stay in championship contention. Signing David West would not only make them a better team this year, but also for years to come.