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Chris Paul is headed to the Los Angeles Clippers. David West signed a two-year deal with the Indiana Pacers. Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge didn’t make the league shaking moves it looked like he might. I’m kind of glad he didn’t. I want to watch Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo chase one more title together.
While Ainge didn’t drastically change the formula of the current Celtics’ team, he did make a few smaller moves that could pay off drastically. Here’s the first part of Sports of Boston’s report card for all of Ainge’s moves in this shortened NBA free-agency period.
Dooling basically replaces Delonte West in the Celtics’ depth chart. He’ll play a little point guard and backup Allen and Marquis Daniels at shooting guard. Dooling is one of the best defenders in the league against opposing guards, but he’s only an average shooter and can hardly create off the dribble at all. He’s certainly a valuable addition and he was creatively attained using the Daniels-to-Sacramento trade exception, but on a team that lacks bench scoring I’m not sure if Dooling is the best fit.
Davis got a four-year, $26 million deal. Bass’s deal has one year at $4 million left on it. If you examine the productivity of both veteran power forwards you’ll see their output is almost identical. Both Bass and Davis are slightly undersized. They’re both decent mid-range jump shooters who seem inept at rebounding and blocking shots. Bass consistently contributes an efficient 11 points and five rebounds per game, and he hasn’t had the same issues that Davis has had with weight and staying in shape. Bass is a slight upgrade over Davis as a backup big that can play both positions. Also, Bass’ contract gives the Celtics a lot more flexibility moving forward. This deal was a no-brainer for Ainge.
The Celtics were terrible last season at finishing at the rim; that’s the one area Wilcox will help them in this season. Wilcox is a decent rebounder, but not a great one. The Celtics really need a reliable center and Wilcox is a power forward through and through. Despite being a power forward, the nine-year veteran will backup both Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal. The big question is: If O’Neal goes down with an injury, is Wilcox up for the challenge of being the starting center on a title-contender?
Check back Saturday for part two of Sports of Boston’s offseason report card!