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Another day, another Celtics rumor.
This time, Julian Benbow of Boston.com reports that the Celtics have discussed the possibility of bringing Eddie House back into the mix.
House, 32, was with Boston from 2007 up until the All Star break last season. Throughout that stint with the Celtics, House played in 209 regular season games.
House was a part of the deal, along with J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker, that sent Nate Robinson to Boston.
With the New York Knicks, House averaged 6.4 points-per-game, his lowest output since the 2004 season. Meanwhile, Robinson played a key role with the Celtics, helping Boston get back to the NBA Finals.
Now, the Celtics appear to want both Robinson and House on their roster.
For this to happen, House would have to take a $1.15 million reduction in his salary from last season. Because the Celtics used their mid-level exception for Jermaine O’Neal, the team has little wiggle room.
But does adding House make the Celtics a better team?
The Celtics already have Robinson, a scorer off the bench, along with Marquis Daniels and Avery Bradley. Still, the Celtics are weighing their options.
If Boston can’t land a three like Josh Howard, then House is appealing. Adding House to the roster allows for Daniels to play behind Paul Pierce, with House getting minutes at the two guard positions.
With House on the floor, there is a major risk.
House doesn’t have the ability to bring the ball up-court, which is why the Celtics originally brought in Daniels and later Robinson. House is a 6’1” shooting guard–who does just that, shoot.
Undersized and a liability on defense, Coach Doc Rivers lives by what House provides offensively.
With the recent rumors and moves made by the Celtics, it appears that Danny Ainge is trying to recreate the 2007 team through different variations.
Ainge waisted little time in re-signing both Pierce and Ray Allen. Ainge then brought back Robinson, who brings exactly what House can to the table. Add the signing of O’Neal, who can hit the 15-foot jump shot, like what P.J. Brown did for the Celtics, and the rumors of Howard, who is similar to that of James Posey.
If House is brought back for a second time, fans and the coaching staff need to be aware that it isn’t the House of old. The impact will be minimal and the fact of the matter is that the Celtics won’t win more games in 2010 with a 6’1” shooting guard playing 15-minutes a game, than they would if House wasn’t on the team at all.