What About The Now?

Did you hear the Knicks will have enough salary-cap room in 2010 to sign LeBron, D-Wade, Chris Bosh, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson? I can only laugh at these teams gearing up for that magical free-agent signing period after the 2010 season. For the mathmatically challenged, the NBA will award two championship trophies before those guys hit the market. If you are a fan of those 2010-obsessed teams, you’ll have to put your dreams of contending on hold. But in the meantime please continue to buy tickets, jerseys and anything else with the NBA logo. Here in Boston, we’ll continue to focus on the now…which means playoffs, championships and parades.

What you aren’t hearing is that the Celtics will be major players in 2010 as well. The hefty contracts belonging to Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will be ending. While the Truth will likely be extended, what mega-star wouldn’t want to come here and be “the man” with a supporting cast of Pierce, KG, Rondo and Perkins?

UPDATE – During the morning edition of SportsCenter, ESPN included Pierce’s name on the list of free agents following the 2009-10 season. But additional research shows he’s currently in the first year of a 3-year, $59 million extension. I do not know if the final year is a player/team option. My bad for trusting ESPN.

The 12-2 Celtics next play Sunday in Toronto (note the early 12:30pm start time). They’re coming off a tough OT loss to the Nets. The Raptors are just 6-6, buried in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack. I thought these guys were supposed to challenge the C’s in the Atlantic?

I want to welcome all the newcomers who have stumbled upon Red’s Army while googling Hulk Hogan. Don’t ask me why or how…I just know the analytics never lie.

Links: Globe – Garnett Takes It Easy | Celtics Rolling Along | Herald – C’s Give Third Degree | Star-Tribune – Garnett Feeling Right at Home | ESPN – LeBron/Knicks Shopping Spree | Thunder Fire Carlesimo | Lakers Beat Nuggets |


11 Responses

  1. i was thinking to myself recently, “don’t we have some expiring contracts around that time too?” funny that no one talks about boston in terms of these major free agents. people act like there’s nowhere except l.a. or ny worth being, but imagine if we have two championships in the last three years at that point, still-productive kg and pierce, and one of the league’s top point-guards. as well as a strong bench with a core of guys that have played together and proven they can win when it’s all on the line. oh, and not to mention a pretty good size market and the best fans the solar system. someone tell me how that isn’t one of the most attractive options for a star free agent looking to win championships and go down in history?

  2. oh, and not to mention the fact that it’s the most storied nba franchise, as well as the fact that we have a coach players love to play for and an organization that has its act together.

  3. Flash wearing Green in 2010 would be amazing. I’m more than on-board for that future reality.

    Meanwhile…Analytics are great. The 12th most popular Google keyword search that has led people to my blog is “naked driving” due to a post I had about that amazing Delonte West interview from his Cs days, which I ended up titling “Buck Naked Cross-Country Driving in a Drop-Top Hummer.”

    The moral of the story is that I likely disappoint many nudist-driving sex fetish freaks…which, coincidentally, is the exact epitaph I had been planning for my gravestone anyway.

  4. BTPH – it amazes me that no one mentions Wade in these circles of possible relocation.

  5. Uh, I thought we weren’t hearing the Celtics would be major players because it’s not true. Unless Pierce doesn’t exercise his $21M option, the likelihood of which by my guess is nil.

  6. is it a club option or a player option on pierce?? I thought it was just ray’s contract that was expiring then

  7. During ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning, they included Paul Pierce and Ray Allen as those players who will become free agents in 2010.

    However, after doing some research, I found that Pierce is in the first year of a 3-year. $59 million extension which will run until the end of the 2010-11 season. I do not know if there is some type of player/team option.

  8. I don’t think there is an option… but if there is… it’s a player option.

    The Celts, as currently constituted, are only committed to KG, Pierce and Perkins in 2010. There’s a $1 mil. team option on Giddens and a $4 million qualifying offer on Rondo. But they’ll probably extend Rondo by then. Their payroll at that point is 45 mil or so… but with only 5 players under contract.

    So I don’t think the Celtics will really be players in 2010. Maybe they’d be better suited at that point to move to a younger team.

  9. Hoopshype’s salary page says no option. Sham Sports says there is an “Early Termination” option.


  10. A payroll of $45 million leaves them about $30 million to work with….thats a good amount of cash. Provided Wyc and co. don’t get cheap on us.

  11. yeah but not to land a real high profile player, because we need to sign about 8 or 9 guys with that $30 million, but then pierce’s salary will be coming off the books at the end of that season, then garnett’s the following if im correct

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