This is all very new for us. Playing armchair GM for a World Champion is different than doing it for an also-ran. Our inclination is to re-sign all of our guys and go at it again with what we had last year. But that is obviously not going to happen… and maybe it shouldn’t.
To keep James Posey, we would have needed to go 4 years… which could have been a problem down the road. And now to keep Tony Allen and Eddie House, the Celtics might have to go 3 years. This is buried at the very end of Marc Spears’s piece today about Marcus Camby whining about his trade:
an NBA source said the Celtics are still strongly interested in signing two of their free agents, guards Eddie House and Tony Allen. The source, however, said House and Allen are receiving interest from other teams, and are seeking three-year deals.
I don’t know about you guys… but 3 years definitely sounds like too long of a deal for Tony Allen. Maybe Eddie too. I could maybe be convinced to do 3 years, $7-$8 million for House… but will anyone give more than $2 mil/year to a guy who has a career average of 7.5 ppg? I used to think Eddie was worth $3 mil/year or so… but I’m not sure what he’ll get in this market.
As for Tony… he’s got a lot to prove. I don’t know how many GM’s are going to give that guy 2 years, never mind 3. He needs a Posey-type deal from last year where he’s got a player option for year 2, so he’s got a little security but also the “contract year” pressure.
Hey, if you want one of those new Celtics license plates…. go to the Watertown Mall on Tuesday… sign up for one… and get your picture taken with the Larry O’Brien trophy. Big Baby will be there too.
The hot rumor out there is that the new OKC team will be called “The Thunder.” Lame.