Again I will ask, "If not for Howard, then, what is the purpose of DA protecting our cap flexibility for 2012?"
I know I know, maybe I am wrong and the skeptics are right, there is no way DH12 will be in Beantown to help us get that coveted 18th Banner. I'm kind of convincing myself already to wake up to a day dream featuring a Celtics team with Big 4 and the next Bill Russell. Fine, move on.
But why protect that 2012 cap space? It even lead to let Tony Allen (Boston offered a 2 year contract, but chose the 3 year contract from the Griz. If DA offered a 3 year contract instead of 2, it will affect the 2012 cap flexibility. Just a personal thought) and Kendrick Perkins (Perk demanding too much money for his role/talent according to DA). As we can also remember, when the rumors arise of the interest of Josh Smith coming to Boston, DA immediately answered safely that they still want to stick to their original plan of maintaining their cap flexibility for 2012 and hopefully they don't get tempted to any offers at the moment. If you can see the 2012 free agency pool, only Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, and Chris Paul are franchise players that could be of use of that cap space. But because D-Will and CP3 are the same position as Rondo, we automatically scrap that idea. As for Howard, well, he may be traded for someone else team at that time or has already resigned with the Magic (still hoping he ends up with the C's). If not for the 3 mentioned all-stars, then what's the purpose of our salary cap space for 2012? Just a thought and I gladly want to know your opinion. A nice topic to ponder during the lockout. Go C's!