I will confess that I was not excited about Posey signing with the Celtics last summer. I hadn’t watched him play much. I was wrong! He played a vital role in the Celtics’ championship season this year. Great defense, timely 3-point shooting and a great locker room guy. He was VERY important.
So, he decided he needed a raise. He did have the player option, so he went for it and opted out. His agent talked about how this might be his last contract, and he wanted to make the most out of it. That meant that he wanted 4 years. The Celtics, leery of his age and wanting salary cap flexibility, were only offering 2 years. He wanted to stay a Celtic but they couldn’t agree on the contract. There didn’t seem to be a middle ground where years were concerned.
Lots of other teams wanted him. And the New Orleans Hornets got him while he got his 4 years. His $25 million dollar salary over those 4 years represents a nice raise for James. And he does go to a very good team featuring Chris Paul. So, he didn’t take the money to play on a lousy team. I respect him. It basically starts with the full MLE.
This puts the Celtics in a quandry. Posey is gone. Tony Allen didn’t quite turn out like we hoped and he is probably gone (he’s a FA). Eddie House is probably gone too. Scot Pollard was barely here, and he’s gone. P.J. Brown will most likely retire. Sam Cassell will probably go elsewhere. This is why it is so hard to repeat in this era of sports- guys want to get paid (you’d think they were making $50,000 instead of millions of dollars). Especially after they win a championship.
But we picked up Patrick O’Bryant (there is some sarcasm there if you missed it). Problem is we have lost one of our best perimeter defenders, and 2 out of our 3 best 3 point shooters. Not quite easy to replace, but essential to winning another championship.
So Danny, we really need you to pull something out of the hat. What you got? I don’t think our draft picks, even Giddens, are quite what we had in mind. Cost-effective, yes. But not adequate replacements for Posey and House.
The Free Agent Market? Maggette, gone. Lue, gone. We never had a shot at Brand or Davis. There is always the Birdman, Chris Anderson. But he’s a big man and not a guy who’ll create space by hitting mid-long range jump shots or back up Rondo. What’s a GM to do, Danny?