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Former Celtics guard Dan Dickau officially declined an invitation to Celtics training camp, opting instead to join camp with the Phoenix Suns. According to the Globe, this news bodes well for second round pick Lester Hudson, who still remains unsigned.
Dickau, who has been traded eight times in his careeer, played 19 games for the Celtics in the 2005-2006 season, and had his best year with the Hornets in 2004-2005. That year, Dickau averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists in 67 games (46 starts). The point guard is most known for his days at Gonzaga University.
Hudson, who is recovering from a broken finger he suffered back in July, could now be penciled in as the team’s third point guard behind Rajon Rondo and J.R. Giddens. Eddie House can also play point guard, but I wouldn’t rely on House to bring the ball upcourt on my pickup basketball team (OK, that was harsh).
Needless to say, Danny Ainge is obviously concerned with his point guard depth. I think he could use some veteran help behind Rajon Rondo, but the Sam Cassel and Stephon Marbury experiments didn’t really work out. If Steph is willing to accept a role as the team’s veteran backup point guard for a chance at his first NBA Title, I think he could return. Lately, he’s been acting crazy with his own 24/7 web channel, but if he can concentrate on his future, I think he’d make a nice pickup.
Look for Ainge to continue to search for veteran point guards. After scanning the list of available players, it doesn’t seem like there’s much out there. Players like Tyronn Lue, Bobby Jackson, and Brevin Knight come to mind, but ultimately it’s Ainge’s call. It will be interesting to see how the team’s point guard situation rounds out as the regular season approaches.