If you’re familiar with this column, you’re used to me spouting that I’ll write this every Wednesday and describe what the structure means. Now, I’m just gonna give a small synopsis of what the user can expect before reading on. I’m going to comment on the new acquisition of P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell’s buyout possibility, the C’s potential interest in Brent Barry, and a small preview of Wednesday’s huge game against the Cavs.
1. Danny Ainge confirmed today that the Celtics signed free agent forward P.J. Brown. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is not known when Brown will join the team.
- Awesome! I have wanted the Celtics to sign P.J. Brown all season. To me, it’s definitely one of the best deadline “deals.” They didn’t have to give anything up to sign Brown, except a little money. The team ownership has said they will spend whatever Danny needs to get the team that much more ready to win an NBA Title.
- They’re built to win this year and signing P.J. Brown further helps that cause. He reminds me of Rodney Rodgers, but he’s better because of his low-post ability to rebound and score. He’s like a veteran Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis: he’ll get the tough rebound but will limit his fouls.
2. WEEI reported earlier today that it’s not a guarantee that Sam Cassell will be bought out by the Clippers.
- He’s the final piece of the Boston Celtics puzzle. We got our backup big man in P.J. Brown, and now we need our backup veteran point guard. Cassell would be just that and rumored reports have him interested in playing for the C’s.
- It’s disheartening to learn that the Clippers may hold onto Cassell for no reason. I mean, they’re not going this year to the playoffs and probably not going next year either. Thus, why would they need Cassell play and stunt the growth of their young talent? (i.e. Shaun Livingston)
3. Brent Barry was traded before the deadline to the Sonics in a deal for Kurt Thomas. He was then immediately bought out by the team, leaving him to float around as a free agent once he clears waivers. The Spurs, Rockets, Suns, and Celtics are said to be the teams interested.
- I bet the Celtics are less interested now in getting Brent Barry after signing P.J. Brown. Still, he’d be a nice 3-point option off the bench that can do nothing but help the team.
- I really don’t think the Celtics need another 3-point shooter. While he wouldn’t hurt, it would be much better for the team to get the backup big man (like P.J. Brown) or a backup point guard (hopefully Sam Cassell).
4. Tonight, the Celtics return home finally to face the Cleveland Cavs. LeBron James has scored 30 points in 9 straight games against the Celtics. No player has ever scored 30 points in 10 straight against the team. Not even Michael Jordan.
- This is a game of reactions. How will the Cavs react after a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot by Milwaukee’s Michael Redd over the Cavs last night? How will the Celtics react after a 2-3 West Coast trip? How will they react against the new-look Cavs? How will they react with the news of the P.J. Brown signing?
- I think the Cavs got better with their Ben Wallace trade, and are close to the caliber of the Pistons and Celtics. We will truly see how the new acquisitions affect the game as a whole.
Tags: Celtics, Four-Point Play