In this edition of the Celtics Four-Point Play, I’ll discuss Corey Maggette’s free agency decision, James Posey’s talks with the Celtics, Gerald Green reappearing on an active roster, the the C’s apparent interest in a big man this summer.
1. Corey Magette did not wait long as free agency began at 12 a.m. EST Wednesday, singing a reported 5-year, $50-million deal with….the Golden State Warriors?!?
So, instead of taking full mid-level exception offers from contenders who are over the cap (like the Celtics, Spurs, Cavs, Pistons, etc.), Maggette looked to cash in with a young and talented team that now has a gigantic hole at point guard (with Baron Davis gone).
What will the Celtics do now? James Posey? Well…you’ll have to read on to find out!
For you folks looking for a steal in the middle rounds of your Fantasy draft next year, pick Corey Maggette because if he can stay healthy, he is a lock for 25 points per game in Golden State.
2. James Posey is now officially a free agent and can sign anywhere without giving the Celtics a chance to match an offer.
The Celtics have denied it, but NBA sources confirmed to Marc Spears of the Boston Globe that the C’s offered Posey a 3-year, $12-million deal. Sources confirmed that now with Maggette off the market, the Celtics have improved their offer by perhaps adding a fourth year.
It is imperative that the Celtics sign Posey. They desperately need his defensive presence off the bench, especially considering the Celts aren’t interested in re-signing Tony Allen.
3. The next Tracy McGrady is back on an NBA roster, signing a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Of course, I’m talking about Gerald Green here, who drew comparisons to Tracy McGrady when he was drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Celtics.
Green is a great three-point shooter (career 36.6%) but can’t play defense and has to learn to play smarter. He has an all-star skill set but the basketball-IQ of a third grader, which surely makes for an interesting combination.
I’d be perfectly happy if the Celtics could just convince P.J. Brown to avoid retiring…especially after looking at the list of big men to replace Brown and Scot Pollard: Chris Andersen, David Harrison, O’Bryant, and Kirk Snyder.
Of that bunch, I’m familiar with Andersen but primarily because he once was a drug abuser. I’m not very familiar with O’Bryant or Harrison, except to say that they’re both young 7-footers and would be welcome at the bottom of my NBA roster (if I were GM).
On a little side note…Snyder is 6’6″ and is just another swingman to add to the mix…so I don’t see how Snyder fits into the mix of big men Yahoo mentioned.
My suggestion for a big man: why not look at veteran center Jamaal Magloire? He’s only 30 and is capable of rebounding and blocking shots. Take a look Danny!
Did Corey Maggette make the right decision?
No, he won't win a title in Golden State. (56%, 18 Votes)