The fireworks are over, ...but they are just about to begin in free agency. (Sorry, I'm still groggy. I'll try to step up my game later this week.) This first one was reported earlier, but it seemed worth repeating.
With Doc Rivers deciding to return to the Celtics next season, and Boston close to re-signing Paul Pierce to a four-year deal, a source said Saturday night that there is a "possibility" that veteran forward Rasheed Wallace could re-think his decision last month to retire after 15 NBA seasons. The Celtics believed Wallace would retire after the team's seven-game Finals loss to the Lakers, and he appeared to make the decision final a week or so later.
If the Celtics are interested in Knicks forward David Lee — reportedly, they contacted him on Thursday, the first day free agents could be courted — they might want to act quickly. The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks have been offered Warriors guard Monta Ellis and Timberwolves big man Al Jefferson in separate sign-and-trade scenarios, and there is some speculation of a three-way trade, sending Lee to Minnesota, Jefferson to Golden State and Ellis to New York.
Semih Erden was in attendance for practice yesterday, but the proper transfer of paperwork prevented him from officially joining his summer league teammates with the Celtics [team stats]. He should be hanging around for the "winter league," as well. The Celts are in the process of signing the 7-footer to a one-year deal with an option for a second season.
In other news, those 2 guys that we knocked out of the playoffs in the first two rounds this year are likely going to wait till Wed. or Thurs. to make up their mind who they deem worthy of signing their paychecks. So, stay looney tooned and all that.