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Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, O’Neal
Robinson, Bradley, Daniels, Davis, Erden
Lafayette, Gaffney, Harangody, Sheed, Perkins

All except Harangody are under contract. I think signing Luke is only delayed because if some trade needed his inclusion, you can trade his rights but you can’t trade a signed draft pick for 30 days after he signs.

Notice that we have 15 players, a roster full. Now I don’t think Lafayette makes it onto the season roster. Many others feel the same way about Gaffney although I like his long-armed defense. Also any trade will almost certainly include Sheed and likely one or more of Oliver and Tony. So it is not like there is no room for additions, just that the roster is at 15 already.

A number of people have suggested that Sheed be carried until the trade deadline when his contract might be more valuable. While this might be true, the fact that Perkins will miss part/much/all the year means that carrying Sheed leaves us with only 13 players physically able to perform. You might also notice that there are two rookies in the rotation of ten—certainly not the status quo for this team which touts the benefits of experience. Taken together these facts convince me that Danny would vastly prefer to cash in the Sheed chip before the season starts. Finding the right deal, now that’s another matter altogether.

If I had to make a depth chart right now (and I am going to do just that so apparently I do have to), it would look something like this (note that I am using a players at multiple positions, something I usually prefer not to do since it tends to conceal weaknesses):

Rondo_____Allen_______Pierce_______Garnett________O’Neal
Robinson___Daniels______Daniels______Davis_________Davis
Bradley____Bradley______Gaffney_____Harangody_____Erden
Lafayette___Gaffney_____Harangody____Gaffney______Garnett

Unavailable Sheed, Perkins

A few observations, some surprising, some mildly comforting, some downright scary:
Subbing Robinson, Daniels at SF, and Davis at Center puts a very short team on the floor.
I don’t see Robinson playing SG, certainly not defending it.
I think Gaffney might be effective covering tall SG’s and slighter, more mobile PF’s.
I’ve already said I don’t think Oliver makes the team so think of Daniels as #4 PG.
Harangody will be in way over his head trying to cover SF’s while the reverse cover might limit his offensive game even more than opposing PF’s--ouch.
O’Neal would be next in line at PF against larger, less mobile opponents but Pierce would be more effective against more mobile ones with an outside game.


My actual “working” depth chart which limits a player to one position actually looks like this:

Rondo______Allen_______Pierce_______Garnett________O’Neal
Robinson___Daniels__________________Davis_______________
Bradley________________Gaffney_____Harangody______Erden

Unavailable Sheed, Perkins
Hopefuls
__________Janning______Battier_______B. Wright______E. Barron

Barron as vet min, he’s looking for more money but I think he could play the 4 or 5, strengthen our rebounding, and be enough of a threat at the high post to open passing lanes. He wouldn’t take the min from NY but I like to think Boston offers some additional lures, like winning and stability.
Janning as camp invite FA, I love his aplomb, versatility, shooting, and deft passing.
Battier seems the logical choice for a Sheed trade to get Houston nearer the Luxury Cap and provide back up for Pierce.
I must admit this next one is a personal preference, high risk, and unlikely. B. Wright with a Sheed trade gets GS back under the Salary Cap and brings a player to the Celtics that provides length at PF and perhaps the agility to provide that long-elusive stretch three. My home run is expanding this into a three team trade that also move Monta to Minn, Koufas (still in 60 day wait before he could be moved with other players) and Sessions to GS, and Corey Brewer to the Celtics.

And how I think we will actually enter the season:

Rondo______Allen_______Pierce_______Garnett________O’Neal
Robinson____Daniels______TBA________Davis_________TBA
__________Bradley______Gaffney_____Harangody______Erden
______________________________________________Perkins

Lee Lauderdale 7/26/2010 05:35:00 PM Edit
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6 Responses so far.

  1. Very good analysis. The working depth chart is a bit scary with a couple of glaring holes. With all the posts about Shaq wanting to be a Celtic I've been thinking about Gilbert's promise that Cavs would win a championship before LeJerk. The best way to keep that promise is to help another contender get strong enough to assure that the Heat won't make it to the ECF. He could accomplish this by doing a sign and trade for Sheed's contract for Shaq and Moon or Shaq and Parker. That would solve two needs: give us depth at center and a long SG/SF who can defend and contribute offense off the bench. It would give Shaq about 3 mill a year, not quite the 8 million he was asking for, but enough to show good faith on the Celtics' part.

    Those two pieces would fill in the TBA's on your chart and help Gilbert to make good on his promise so he doesn't look like such an idiot.

  2. JR says:

    Welcome to Celtics Life bballee. Excellent analysis. I'm not expecting anything from Erden, so the Celtics need another functioning big (at least until Perk returns). We also don't want KG playing 35 mins a night, b/c the only other option is Erden.

    Same situation at the backup wings where having only Marquis is very dangerous. If he gets hurt (lol at if) then Nate or Bradley could cover a few games at the backup 2, but there would be no one to give Pierce a blow.

    The B. Wright suggestion was something I have yet to hear about. If healthy he would be an intriguing addition.

  3. tb727 says:

    I'm not expecting much from Harangody, Lafayette, Bradley, Erden, or Gaffney, whomever makes the team. The Celtics are built to win it this year and I'm all for adding more veterans (Josh Howard would be nice) and Battier via trade would be ideal.

    Hopefully the Celts will be able to add those couple other pieces.

    Great article!

  4. Sam says:

    i hate to say this. HATE to...but i think Shaq may be a good choice sometime soon. him and one more decent size forward and we should be golden for another good chance at the goal.

    great article analysis btw!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hope Josh Howard's head is shaped like that puzzle piece.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Brandan Wright would be ideal trade with GS. If we could lure Shaq for the vet min, our season is complete towards Banner 18!

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