Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday on Sports of Boston. This is where I will compile four (4) small and related Celtics facts and offer my own spin on a variety of Celtics news stories. The general format will be a short blurb about the story first, then my reaction tabbed underneath it.
1. From the Boston Globe: “The Celtics picked up guard Rajon Rondo’s option for the 2008-09 season on Tuesday. Rondo will make $1.2 million this season and $1.3 million next season.”
- The C’s were facing the deadline in which an NBA team can pick up team options on recently-drafted players. The C’s smartly grabbed Rondo for an extra year at only $1.3 million, which should prove to be a bargain. After 2008-09, Rondo will be due a much larger payday.
- One guy that has the potential for a big future payday is Tony Allen, whom the Celtics declined to extend probably because of his horrific knee injury suffered last season while attempting a dunk. Tony is coming off knee surgery and the C’s wisely decided to sit back and wait it out with him. If the injury never occurred, I guarantee the C’s would’ve picked up the option.
2. As I (and many others reported earlier), Celtics center Scot Pollard has finally returned to practice. He’s still in the process of taking baby steps:
“I’m obviously not in basketball shape but it was good to get out and run around and actually be a part of the team on the court. Hopefully, knock on wood, we’re past the point of [my ankle] reacting a huge amount.”
- It’s good to see Pollard back, especially because he’s the team’s backup center. I still feel that we need at least one more veteran big man to go along with Perk and Pollard (Dikembe Mutumbo would’ve been nice). Brian Scalabrine and Leon Powe are OK at center once and a while, but it’d be nice to avoid them at the position as much as possible.
- On a side note, at least Pollard is a good locker room presence as a team clown. Take a look at him in his Halloween costume while in Salem, Mass: (Click here for the photo from Celtics.com).
3. According to the Associated Press, The Nets reacquired former Celtics guard David Wesley from the Hornets for swingman Bernard Robinson, center Mile Ilic and cash considerations.
- Remember David Wesley? For those who don’t know him, he started his career with the Nets and played with them for one season. He played the next three seasons with the C’s from 1994-1997. His best season with the C’s was his last in 1996-1997, when he averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 assists per game. Then, Rick Pitino took over and blew the whole team up. Goodbye Wesley, Rick Fox, and my man Dino Radja.
4. According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, a deal that would send Kobe Bryant to the Bulls has been nixed. More from RealGM.com:
ESPN is reporting that a three-way trade involving the Lakers, Bulls and Kings is now dead, but has been discussed.
The Lakers would acquire Ron Artest and Ben Wallace, the Kings would acquire Ben Gordon and P.J. Brown, while the Bulls would get Kobe Bryant.
- Good to hear for now. Kobe would shake the balance of power in the Eastern Conference a bit, and would also help make the East a lot more formidable than the conference used to be just last year. A Kobe-less Eastern Conference makes it easier for the Celtics to win.
- What were the Lakers thinking? They HAVE to get young talent in this deal. Ron Artest is a locker room cancer, he would be of no help. Wallace is a great defensive player but his skills are declining quickly and he still has a fat contract. The Lakers should only do such a deal if they get Loul Deng and Ben Gordon or something like that.
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