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Finding energy and athleticism: The Bird in the Hand.

All the talk, rightfully so, is about getting younger, faster, more athletic, scoring punches off the bench who can create and get to the rim.

Names get tossed around left and right, J.R. Smith, Nick Young, Jamal Crawford. While all those are fine and good, and great players, I'd argue there are far more pressing needs at the Center position. With little assets to work with other than the MLE (assuming it stays intact) it will be difficult to fill both needs in free agency.

All this talk has made us forget about the possible bird in the hand we already have, Avery Bradley and Von Wafer.

Avery is already under contract on his rookie scale deal, Wafer signed a 1-year deal that eventually became guaranteed, and the Celtics now own non-bird exceptions on him. This means they can resign him at a value of 125% of last year's contract. This is a no brainer in my mind, Wafer didn't get the time, or show enough this past year to get teams to through any real money at him, more than likely. If he's on board to get another year in the system and really show he can contribute, he could be a wonderful value at that price.

Many of us have said over the course of the year, Wafer had improved by leaps and bounds. His defense steadily improved, pressuring the ball and using his energy at all times. Yes, he struggled at times keeping that energy under control, we'll all remember that forehead slap moment when he ran into JO. But all in all, he really seemed to buy into the system. He's very young, super athletic, and can score from basically anywhere.

Bradley, has yet to complete a training camp, missed the first quarter of the season with an ankle injury, and generally had few opportunities to really adjust to the NBA game. But we all saw the time in Maine did him well, he came back with seemingly loads more confidence. A full Summer season and training camp I'm convinced will do wonders for the kid. I believe Bradley is a big part of the teams plans for the future, an athletic energy guy who can back up Rondo and cause havoc on opposing ball handlers. 

So with limited assets to spend this off season, it is my contention to spend those assets elsewhere, and take the bird in the hand. The young, athletic talent we're clamoring for, may already be there.

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