It's been well documented that the Celtics are currently over the 15 man roster limit, and will need to trim the roster down over the coming weeks. One landmark date on Danny Ainge's calendar is most likely August 1st; the day when the second half of Shavlik Randolphs' contract becomes guaranteed. At, or before this date Danny must decide if he wishes to keep Shavlik on the roster, or cut him for a roster spot. It's this decision that I wish to discuss today.
Looking at the roster as a whole, it seems clear that the Celtics are looking to rebuild through this season, and into the 2014 offseason. Understanding this, here is the roster as of today:
Looking at the roster, that's 17 players for this up and coming season. It's possible that Iverson might be sent overseas for a year, but that has yet to be determined; regardless that still leaves the Celtics with one player too many. The most obvious move for the Celtics to make would be to waive Randolph's unguaranteed contract for this coming season. I'm of the opinion that this might not be the most beneficial move for the Celtics going forward.
Looking at our big men on the roster, there's not a lot of experience there. Sully, Olynyk, Fab, Vitor, and Colton, are either rookies or haven't played an entire season as of yet. Humphries, Bass, and Shav are the only experienced bigs we possess. Humphries has proven to be immature throughout his career, leaving Bass and Shav as the only two big men tutors on the team. Bass is a solid option, but at 6.5 million a year, he may be too pricey for the Celtics to retain merely on a "good guy" basis. Shavlik however is incredibly cheap by comparison.
It's true that most of Shav's experience is overseas, but he's played basketball for a long time, has shown he has a high basketball IQ, and produces when given minutes. With all the youth in our frontcourt, we're going to need someone to mentor them and without KG, Shav could be that guy.
Another big issue with our big men is a lack of rim protection. Fab Melo is probably the best pure rim protector we have, and he'll probably be playing in the D-League. This mean's we'll struggle with fouls throughout this season among our big men, so we'll need quality depth at these positions. To me this is exactly what Shav is, quality depth at a price we can afford. That's why I'm sitting here and saying: BRING BACK SHAVLIK!
Looking at the roster, I'm all for sticking Iverson over in Europe, and having a fire sale on Crawford.... Maybe a second rounder. Cash considerations? Anything?
Let me know what you think about Bringing Back Shavlik.