So… The Mongoose is gone. At least he’ll be in a conference where he can pick on The Mamba more often. But I’ll add my name to the chorus of saying as much as I hate seeing PoZ go… 4 years at $25 mil. is too much. John Hollinger has a very good breakdown of that argument.
since this is so hard for people to remember, I’ll say it again: The Hornets aren’t paying for what Posey gave the Celtics last year, or what he gave the Heat in 2006, but for what he can potentially give the Hornets from 2008 to 2012. And that production is likely to diminish substantially from its already modest levels.
Comb through the books and try to find perimeter players who played well until 35 — it’s tough. Now try to find some who played well ’til that age after scoring single figures in their 20s. Good luck.
But like any other break-up… sitting around and crying for too long about it will mean you miss some opportunities. We’ve got to move on quickly and find our next 6th man. We’ve got a $5.6 million MLE. Names that have been thrown around before (like James Jones and Mickael Pietrus) are off the market. So what are our options?
- Tony Allen: There has been zero news about Tony Allen, although his agent insists today that there is interest. He also expects the Celtics to make an offer. They could have retained him by making a qualifying offer of $2.5 million when he was restricted. Let’s see if not paying him that money works out in their favor. I’m still on the fence about this.
- Maurice Evans: He’s 29, he made $1.7 mil last season, so maybe a 2 or 3 year deal in the $3 mil per year range would do the trick. I think he’s a good defender, he’ll be able to score a little, and he can play a couple of different positions.
- Matt Barnes: He made $3 mil last year… so I don’t know how much more of a raise he’s looking for. Other teams also have interest… but other teams are also over the cap. I don’t want to use the full MLE on this guy… but other teams might feel desperate.
- Shaun Livingston: Not a Posey replacement per se, but he was a promising young point guard that might be looking to prove big things. A 1-year deal at low money… in a situation where there’s no real pressure and a ton of great veteran talent might be a very smart move for this kid. The Suns are also interested in him(they’re interested in Cassell too)
There are other names out there: Devean George, Devin Brown…. the Globe mentions Bostjan Nachbar and Bonzi wells… but they don’t thrill me. People want Ryan Gomesback… which would be nice… but I think he’s staying in Minnesota. I didn’t mention Eddie House because I still think that the Celtics are going to let him walk. There’s a reason we brought Sam Cassell in last season… I don’t think the C’s see him as having the same value as others do. Regardless… Danny has some work to do.
I don’t want to spoil it for you… but here’s a list of the ESPY winners. The C’s do win something… and in the acceptance… Ray Allen says “Another win in LA.” If you watch for it in the broadcast… be sure to stay focused for Derek Fisher’s reaction. Priceless.