|Posted on July 12, 2011 at 1:37 AM|
It all comes down to the all mighty dollar. If we are working with the same NBA labor rules.Then the Celtics have the mid-level exception. I think it's a real possibility that it's gone when the NBA resumes action. If you take away the mid-level exception then you can kiss guys like Dalembert goodbye! The majority of guys available for the bare minimum are nowhere near the level of Dalembert. I ran down the list of free agent bigs,and I put it in four parts.Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
The conclusion to my findings is right in front of us. Troy Murphy a free agent that played with us for a short time after the buyout period is the best choice for the Celtics. I'll give Troy a break for a few reasons. First he was rusty after not playing for a good part of the season. Second he went down with a minor injury that took him out of the rotation,and out of learning the Celtics sets. The third reason for Murphy's lack luster play would be lack of knowing his teammates,and the coaching staff. All three things will be their for Murphy if the Celtics want him back,and if he's willing to come back to Boston.
He's not over the hill,but he's no spring chicken either. He's only 31 years old,and he's a proven big man. Troy is more proven than any other big out their on the market that the Celtics can afford. He wouldn't be a double double machine,but he could give us a few vintage games here and there. Murphy has the best scoring game out of all the free agent bigs,and he has the best rebounding game out of all the bigs in the free agent pool of under achieving fish.
I can see were some people are not thrilled that the best option for the Celtics is a guy that let us down after signing in early March. Like I said he will have a better chance with a training camp. Even if the camp is small it's better than getting someone else off the market. Troy already knows the system a bit. I think Troy would work out just nice for us with a full year. I'm not saying Troy is the fix,but he will help us,and he will give more help than anyone else out there. If we do have the mid-level exception. Look for the Celtics to aim for a top center. I Can still see Troy coming back even if the Celtics have the mid-level.