In this edition of the Celtics Four-Point Play, I’ll look at the possibility of re-signing James Posey, the Celtics’ interest in Corey Maggette, the potential future of J.R. Giddens, and the surgeries of Kendrick Perkins and Bill Walker.
1. James Posey is now an unrestricted free agent and he may sign with any team.
- I will use this space in my No. 1 point to demand that the Celtics re-sign James Posey. He was pivotal for the Celtics down the stretch in the playoffs.
- His ability to shoot threes and also be a shutdown defender playing SG, SF, or even PF gave the Celtics a lot of options with him on the floor. They could either go big with Posey playing at the SG, with Leon Powe, Kendrick Perkins, and Kevin Garnett all on the floor…or they could go small with Posey at PF and Perk at center and Ray Allen, Eddie House, and Rajon Rondo anchoring the three-guard set.
- So who would step in without Posey there? Well, the Celtics would be forced to re-sign Tony Allen in my mind. He’s can’t shoot like Posey but he’s an ace defender. A less versatile player, Allen will require less to sign. But…who else could step in Posey’s spot?
2. Well…the Boston Globe’s Marc Spears reports that the Celtics have made a formal offer for free agent forward Corey Maggette.
- They also made an offer to James Posey, so I guess if Posey decides to stay we don’t get Maggette. If Posey leaves, I would assume that Maggette signs here unless he receives more money elsewhere.
- One problem that confronts the Celtics is that they only have their mid-level exception (approx. $5.7 million) and they may not be enough to get either Posey or Maggette.
- Maggette played in the 1999-2000 season under Doc Rivers in Orlando. He was drafted early out of Duke, but in my opinion he should’ve stayed an extra year. He needed one more year and he would’ve developed quicker in the NBA.
3. J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, and Semih Erden arrived at Celtics Rookie Camp Tuesday.
- I’m not so sure Giddens will pan out in his first season. However, I’m pretty confident he’ll be a good NBA player after learning more about him.
- Of 60 Sports of Boston readers polled thus far, 47 of them (78%) are satisfied that the Celtics selected Giddens with the No. 30 pick. If you haven’t voted yet, then what are you waiting for???
4. Kendrick Perkins and Bill Walker each underwent successful surgery Wednesday.
- Perk has been hurting for quite a while. He felt pains in his left shoulder through the playoffs, then really injured it in the epic Game 4 comeback. He missed Game 5 of the Finals but came back to play a bit in the Game 6 blowout.
- Said Perkins about his injury: “Any moment, it’s painful.” Ouch…
- Bill Walker underwent knee surgery, which the Celtics knew of before trading for him. His raw skills are unbelievable, but before he ever becomes a good NBA player, he needs to get healthy and hone his skills.
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