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The Celtics didn’t do much near the trade deadline.  They basically created roster spots by shipping out Sam “I Am” Cassell, aka The Alien, and the seemingly useless Patrick O’Bryant.  I don’t think Sam suited up for any games, but probably spent time talking with Rondo about leading a team.  Patrick O’Bryant played some, but when Kendrick Perkins was out, he didn’t gain significant minutes.  He didn’t work hard enough to convince Doc to play him.

To fill those spots, the Celtics watched the waiver wire.  First, they got some more of 7-footer Mikki Moore.  He was on the Celtics roster for a short time back in 2003.  He adds size and experience.  With the presence of the real stars, he can thrive- maybe.  They are not counting in him to be a big time player, but a sub who can help them win another title.  He might.

Then, today we learned that Starbury has been bought out and should sign with the Celtics when he clears waivers.  I’m not sure about this one.  The guy has proved himself to be a pain.  But, with a short-term contract he just might behave himself and add some punch off the bench.

I’m not overly impressed with either pick up.  But we didn’t need a star.  We needed some reliable veteran players to stabilize the bench, provide some depth for the playoffs and not poison the locker room.  Not a tall order.  Hopefully they can deliver, and enable the Big 3, Rondo, Perk & House to win another title.  Just like Lays’ Potato Chips, you can’t have just one.

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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?

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The Boston Celtics made a free agent signing today.  No, it wasn’t James Posey.  Or any other big name.  It was the one and only, utterly amazing Patrick O’Bryant (now that’s a good Irish name, me boy).

Bryant was the Warriors’ first round pick (#9 overall) in 2006.  He’s a 7 footer out of Bradley weighing in at 260 pounds.  Apparently he didn’t overwhelm Don Nelson and company.  But, due to the amazingly Irish name, he’s good for the Celtics as a back up to the oft injured Kendrick Perkins.

In his career, he has averaged 1.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 5.5 minutes.  Oh, he’s a keeper, a trooper and a difference maker.  He was sent to the D-League on March 10th.  I am estatic about this signing!

I’m more estatic after reading Don Nelson’s comments regarding Mr. O’Bryant:

“I told him if he goes down to the D-League and isn’t a dominant player, there should be red flags all over the place, and he should be the first to notice. He’s not only not dominating, he’s not playing very well. He’s a long-term project. I really liked him the first week of training camp, but I assumed there would be great progress. He hasn’t gotten better one bit.”

HT: Celtics Blog

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