Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Celtics Land 'Sheed, now after Grant Hill
The Boston Celtics have recently landed one of the most high profile free agents on the NBA market this offseason. At 34 years old Rasheed Wallace is still a very capable high and low post scorer but the question is how much does he have left in the tank? The Celtics have signed Wallace to a two year mid-level exception deal. While Wallace can definitely score the basketball, his attitude has to constantly be called into question, he is a walking technical foul and while teammates are known to get along greatly with him, I am not sure how Kevin Garnett will handle a guy like Wallace. A few days after landing Wallace the Celtics are now rumored to be pursuing Grant Hill, yet another aging mediocre player. In Hill's case not only is he getting older and older but he has a very well-documented injury history, most of them on the serious end of things. I am not sure the angle the Celtics are playing here. They already have an older team and everyone knows they have been playing in the short term and not looking to the future, but when do you have enough of the short term guys. They only had one draft choice this year and spent it on Lester Hudson a very highly under rated PG but they still lack young depth inside, after the team will reportedly lose Leon Powe and Glenn "Big Baby" Davis this off-season. Both of these players were key cogs in the wheel that made this team turn. While it is hard to question Danny Ainge, given his recent success, these moves just puzzle me. I mean maybe the Celtics will bring back Larry and The Chief while they are at it and call it a day. One obvious benefit Ainge may be looking to bring from these geriatric moves is the senior citizen discount they could receive at restaurant's on road trips in the next few years. Best of luck Boston.