|Posted by dennee on July 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM|
Yes, I stole the title from Shawn. It is a good question. The Boston Herald reports that the options left to acquire other players are the bi-annual exception (1.95 million) and the veteran minimums (1/2 million - 1.4 mil. depending on years in league). That's probably accurate. I have the current commitments pegged at 66,423,676 million. The 74 million apron would leave roughly 7.5 mil to fill two slots. Not much to work with.
We need a center. Possibilities with little to spend:
Sean Williams - early reports are good with the summer games starting tomorrow.
Chris Wilcox - we paid him 3 mil last year before his surgery. I thought he looked good and should be brought back.
Greg Stiesma - Timberwolves are said to have offered 3 mil. We could match - should we?
Ryan Hollins - I would like to like him, but frankly I just was not impressed.
Marcus Camby - will probably get more money elsewhere.
Nenad Kristic - he is done in Moscow. We still have his rights. Bring him back or use for trade chip?
Rest of the free agents - noone any better than above in the price range.
We need a shooting guard. Possibilities with little to spend:
Dooling, Pietrus, Daniels, Pavlovic - we all know them and their stories.
Summer league - E'Twan Moore, Jamar Smith (Illinois), Dionte Christmas (Temple, also played for 76ers, Clippers, Kings), Jonathan Gibson (N. Mexico State). One of them might be a breakout surprise. Plus there are several undrafted names out there (Buford - Ohio State is just one that comes to mind).
Free agents (affordable)
Shannon Brown/ Suns - Jodie Meeks/ 76ers - Alonzo Gee/ Cavs - Danny Green/ Spurs - Willie Green/ Hawks - Gerald Green/ Nets - Courtney Lee/ Rockets ( can play 2, 3, or 4). All these guys are unrestricted. I listed their last team so you can find their stats if you like.
All have pros and cons. Personally, if the idea is to give Bradley rest and put up a lot of points in a short time, I am leaning towards bringing back Gerald Green.
Teams are only required to carry 13 players, but can have 15. We have 13 now (although 5 are rookies including the Purduo). So do you stand pat and wait to see how things shake out around the league and in the Summer League? If someone does not get an offer over the summer, they may suddenly play for a lot less right before pre-season meaning a better available talent. (Keep some powder dry?) But if you wait, the pickings might just get even slimmer.
What should Ainge's next move be?