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Dropping the Second Shoe

Now that the first Shaq shoe has dropped (as predicted here first by yours truly) we have to wait for that second shoe.

Who wants nearly 6 million in expiring (retiring) money? Why – half the NBA! What could our options be? Danny will probably surprise us as usual, but here are (in my humble opinion) the top five candidates that make sense money wise and Celtics wise.

5. Andres Nocioni

High basketball IQ and a solid offensive game, but his work ethic has come into question, and his contract’s a bit much. Danny seems to like him and the veterans would certainly try to get him back into peak shape. A decent option if nothing else comes up.

4. James Posey

He already knows the system. He’s a smart all around player. His contract fits Danny’s two year contract bill (have you noticed the trend yet?). He’s old though – do we need more old guys when we could swing a deal for someone with more upside?

3. Rudy Fernandez

Fernandez has tremendous outside range, but that would be the main focus of his game. Wafer’s an outside specialist, and the other back up wing – Daniels, is also more gifted on the offensive end of the floor. Rudy would fit well into the system, and may have some room to grow still, but he does not fit the slot the Celtics are looking for to a tee. Portland’s talking to other teams about Rudy, though, which would potentially cost the Celtics a bit more then Rasheed’s contract.

2. Corey Brewer

Take Tony Allen – grow him 5 inches, remove the knee injury trauma, slightly decrease his defensive ability but up his basketball IQ, and sprinkle some remaining potential waiting to bloom in a Doc Rivers system and you’ve got Corey Brewer. Minnesota might need more incentive as they don’t have much talent at small forward, but his 3 million dollar salary makes a move easy. Brewer and filler for Sheed, and a 2nd rounder? I’m sure Kahn’s dumb enough.

1. Shane Battier

Battier makes slightly over the MLE salary being paid to Rasheed. Battier played a healthy 32 minutes a game for Houston last season, but with the addition of Kevin Martin his services aren’t as urgent in Houston. Ariza would also be nice, but the Rockets will undoubtedly prefer to part with the older Battier. The Rockets are due to pay the luxury tax for the first time in a long time, and avoiding that would seem right up their alley. Battier’s defensive ability and basketball IQ would be the Ying to Marquis Daniels’ offensively oriented Yang. Get it done Danny!

Other Option: Talk Sheed out of retirement!

11 Comments

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  2. Jamie Canu

    August 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    IMO Rudy Fernandez. I like his style, his attitude and his shot. Had we had him in Game 7 to step in when Ray had lost his shot we might have seen a different outcome. Maybe not because Ray had some great D on Kobe.

  3. james

    August 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    i would LOVE battier, but the rockets GM already came out and said they plan on making a deep playoff run and wont be trading away anyone for salary etc and specifically mentioned battier as someone they wont let go.
    rudy is too small, we have tonnes of sg’s and rudy cant play (and most importantly defend) sf’s.
    all in all we’re pretty screwed for small forwards, we need someone who can defend lebron and bigger sf’s, which none of these people can do. posey might be interesting, but once again i dont see NO wanting to get rid of him esp. with paul doing his whinging diva act.
    this is gonna be a big weakness in our otherwise now incredibly deep squad. i really hope we find a nice trade for sheeds contract and i wouldnt mind giving up harangody (if we even can do that) to get security at the 3.

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  5. Richard

    August 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I love the list. Tracy McGrady should also be considered. Why not? We’re taking our chances with Shaq too. The guy is 6-8 and he’s played some of his best years with Doc Rivers.

  6. Zaq

    August 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

    James I’m so very sad you’ve said this. Please don’t let it be true. I was looking for somewhere to post yesterday about Battier being the most perfect back up we could ever get for Pierce. I’m willing to give up Sheed and frankly Daniels and our first rounder for Battier. And additional first rounders can be very beneficial to Houston since they already have a couple. They can package them and move waay up in the draft next summer.
    I really hope we can use HOUs luxury flirtations and a first rounder to pry Battier away.
    His fit here is that perfect.

  7. Zaq

    August 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Oh also, NO has been trying to get rid of Posey’s contract almost since they signed him to it. So that’s a very viable senario.

  8. Zaq

    August 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Between Wesley Johnson and possibly moving Beasely back to SF to free up some minutes for Kevin Love, Minnesota might be happy to clear Brewer out. I’m super happy with either Brewer or Battier. The others less so.

  9. MIke

    August 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    with nate/wafer/shaq/JO/BBD/Quisy we do not need offense…we need a good sized SF who can d up on anyone (battier=perfect)

  10. Jay P

    August 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Yao will inevitably get hurt again. When he does, HOU will come shopping, it’s one thing to pay a luxury if you’re in contention, but when you have no chance to get out of the second round, it becomes a lot harder to convince ownership to pony up an extra 15-20mil in luxury bills.

    Danny should look into trading Sheed’s contract to a team with open cap space, and a trade exception, using a draft picks to rent their cap space. They can absorb Sheed’s deal, get a draft pick out of it, give up their exception, then buy out Sheed’s contract, opening up their cap again. The exception becomes a valuable piece come trade deadline, as Boston can they use it to bring in an equal salary to a team looking to straight dump salary. You can then trade it to HOU for Battier, adding a minimum player to make the salarys match (I don’t think you have the 120% rule when it comes to dealing exception.)

  11. Leo B22

    August 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Keep that salary for the trade deadline and wait to see who breaks camp with whom. There will be a vet or rookie that will fall through the cracks or get cut and you look to move then. Battier is not an option and Nocioni is not the answer Patience is how Shaq got here Let the others move first

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