I’m going to break my self-imposed gag-rule on this topic about a week early. Sorry, I can’t help myself. Not with news that the Celtics are working out players for a possible invite to camp without a word mentioned about point guards.
Granted, we may have needs elsewhere on the bench. Marc Spears points out that Garnett was the only guy in our big man rotation that averaged over 5 points a game last year. Still, I don’t see how throwing one more sub-5-point scorer into the mix is more important than having a backup guy that can bring the ball up the court without dribbling off his foot.
I just don’t have a ton of confidence in Eddie House, I don’t want to count on Tony Allen’s bad knee, and I don’t want to tax Ray Allen with a role that he shouldn’t have to fill. Maybe that’s just me.
I suggested earlier that we look at the recently bought out point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius. He was at least a star in Europe before getting buried on the bench. However, there have been no reports (at least stateside) indicating that the Celtics are even talking to him. For more on Saras, check out this post on TrueHoop about why he hasn’t been able to make it in the NBA (and will likely head back to Europe).
The Celtics passed on Brevin Knight, Troy Hudson, and have not made any public contact with Darrell Armstrong. I’m not saying any of those guys is the answer to all our issues. I am saying that they have better resumes than Kelvin Cato and Linton Johnson.
Perhaps there is something I am missing. Is the C’s brass more worried than they are letting on about Perkins’ health? Maybe (as JB suggests) there never was that much confidence in Scot Pollard.
Then again, maybe we’re missing something. I haven’t thought about trade possibilities in a long time because we have virtually no movable pieces left. Still, the few pieces we have (Powe, Big Baby, Scalabrine) all play the undersized power forward spot. Perhaps we’re just auditioning for the event that one or more of those guys are eventually dealt.
Feels like training camp is already here, doesn’t it?