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The main reason why we are not leading the NBA Finals one game to nothing against the Dallas Mavericks is called bench. Or maybe I would rather say lack of bench. After Danny's childish interference in the middle of the season to alleviate some mid life crisis and trade half of our role players, we were left with a chaotic mess to deal with during the rest of the season.

It is well known that Doc needs time trusting his bench players, in particular his young ones. It is hard to imagine how he would change his modus operandi in the middle of the season. And we all know Jeff Green had big shoes to fill and they were not meant to be his this year. The lack of confidence in the bench (anybody can think about better WTHHT candidates than Murphy, Arroyo and Pavlovic?) led to excessive minutes for the Big 4. Remember, Ray Allen played 40 minutes per night at almost 36 years of age. No matter how fit you are and how good your conditioning is if your coach is going to treat you as if you were 20.

In other words: we need legs, length and scoring from the bench. These words also refer to Al Thornton, DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford.

How the Celtics could get them:

It would be relatively easy to try and sign these players since they all become free agents in July.  It is still to be confirmed whether we will be able to use our current weapons in order to sign them, that is the LLE, MLE and the veteran minimum contracts. Under the current CBA, we could realistically use some of them to sign the aforementioned players.

Thornton -unrestricted free agent from the Warriors- could be signed for quite cheap. Yes, even for the veteran minimum. Thanks to the Clippers history of madness, Thornton has already played for three teams in his young career. A promising forward out of Florida State, he found his talent being driven to the poor LA team and there he was selected to the All Rookie Team in 2008. After a promising stay with the Clippers he was traded to Washington in a three team deal that sent Drew Gooden and Sebastian Telfair to LA land. Yes, Bassy and Big Beard Gooden. Yes, you are right, the Clippers just gave away Thornton. And so did the Wizards later as they waived them immediately after the trade. He is a young player that has a lot to prove yet and he is at a crucial stage of his career. If he doesn't sign for the right team, he could very well end up as a bust, playing for some German team in the 2013 playoffs. I believe he can be had for the minimum, at a one year deal to prove his value

Crawford would demand the full MLE and he honestly deserves more. Whether he wants to sign for a contender and get a ring or rather he prefers to sign for big dollars in lottery team remains to be determined. But it seems Crawford and the Celtics are a match made in heaven. Let's see, Jamal can score the ball when he wants to. That's what he does, and he does it very well. He has scorched us in the last couple years. He comes off the bench and instantly scores over you. He is fearless, athletic and provides that offensive spark so needed from the bench. He would make Ray's minutes go to normal numbers and could be lethal alongside Rajon Rondo. Let's rephrase this whole thing: you want points from the bench, you have to try and sign Jamal Crawford. As simple as that.

Jordan is a restricted free agent. That could be a problem in 99% of the cases but we are talking about a Los Angeles Clippers player here. Anything is possible in this case. Do you think Sterling would throw big bucks for anybody? Wait, let me try it again: do you think he would spend money for anyone that has talent? The answer is not so clear now. I guess we would have our chances then. I don't know how much money would we be able to offer Jordan, in particular with the new CBA so this is the most enigmatic case of the three. Getting Jordan would make us bigger, longer and more athletic. He is a player that can block, rebound and dunk at will. He would flourish in Boston with good coaching and with a group of veterans that can teach him. Also, Rondo would feed him with assists that would turn into beastly dunks for the NBA highlights reel. If we have a chance to get Jordan we should try hard to do so. He is young, he has a heathy pair of knees and a full potential to develop. And most importantly, his fate is determined by a dysfunctional organisation.

Cons:

The new CBA and the minds of Sterling and Crawford may not be very reliable at this point. It is all up in the air.

So, what do you think? Should the Celtics sign these players?

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  p.s. hat tip to JR for the picture  

Bohemian 6/01/2011 05:34:00 AM Edit
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19 Responses so far.

  1. pinsla says:

    with all this 3 we win next year

  2. Anonymous says:

    deandre Jordan isnt restricted free agent acoording to hoopworld

  3. Jordan should be the focus. I was impressed with him when we played the Clippers. If he bangs and rebounds, runs the floor for Rondo to lob too, thats all we need from him.

    Lets get YOUNGER, no more slow or old guys

  4. Anonymous says:

    Main Offseason Goal: Re-sign Delonte West and Jeff Green

    Primary Bench Focus: Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan and Al Thorton
    Secondary Bench Focus: JR Smith, Carl Landry and Wilson Chandler
    Tertiary Bench Focus: Aaron Afflalo, Marco Belinelli and some big man

    Hope they make a big move during the offseason

    _Johnny

  5. Anonymous says:

    this is a bit off topic but I need understand one thing.. i will be checking back to see answers. please answer to Cesar. I still cant understand why they traded for green and kristic knowing they are both free agents that a risk... wat was ainge thinking what if both of thoe players dont come back..
    .what now all that effort was uselesss and he messsed up our chances1

  6. Anonymous says:

    @ Cesar, Perkins was going to become a free agent this summer as well and the C's were not going to be able to re-sign him...they made an offer, a low one, and Perkins turned it down. At this point I believe that Danny didn't want to lose Perk this summer and not get anything in return so he made the deal...Green is a restricted free agent so the C's can match any offer made to him, Kristic is a free agent and is free to sign with any team. Hope this helps you out...

  7. tb727 says:

    Oh Arroyo, Murphy, Pavlovic, and even Krstic will be amazing WTHHT articles. I guess the way we can look at it is that even though the C's didn't win the title, all those mid-season moves gave me a lot more guys to write on in the future!

    And actually Bohemian, for what I think is the first time ever, I don't think any of those guys, Crawford, Jordan or Thornton will make any bit a difference in putting the Celtics back into the upper echelon.

    They need a new #1 guy, a superstar, who can cancel out the greatness of either Wade or James. Chris Paul could do that. Dwight Howard probably could too. Anything short of acquiring one of those guys and Boston loses again to Miami next year. As much as I hate to admit that.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can we get Al Thornton at least he a little eye candy lol, but no seriously we jus need a strong defensive players to protect the paint with KG

  9. Anonymous says:

    Jordan and Crawford Yes..Thornton no...had all em in Fantasy and Thornton is gonna be inj most of the time

  10. Anonymous says:

    lets just hope danny ainge could get his head straight this time and try to make the team stronger instead of making us more smaller, slower, older! can they trade danny ainge??

  11. Bazooka says:

    This would be crazy if it happened. Love the optimism, something tells me just getting two of these guys would be hard though.

    Whats your thoughts on JR Smith/Caron Butler if Crawford isn't possible?

  12. I love the Jordan idea, like the Thornton, Crawford is okay, Smith is eh, Butler is no.

    That about sums up my feelings.

  13. Richard says:

    Jordan would be great he is raw offensively but he can play some D but also we need to look at the future who is going to replace Allen Pierce and KG green can fill one of those spots what about the other 2

  14. Anonymous says:

    deandre jordan,kmart who i think is a free agent....and NICK YOUNG!!!!NICK YOUNG can play the 2 or 3 depending on the situation and doc ofcourse.and crawford comin of the bench will be a duo.and add al thorton for some athleticism and length....enuf sed!!!c's til the end for me if this comes true.and von remains as a celtic is good.and give him minutes coz he'll score bigtym!!!!

    sorry and good bye to arroyo,murphy,delonte west,pavlovic,JO and nenad.

  15. Richard says:

    OK I can see this offseason Jordan and other bench players on small contracts next off season OJ Mayo and jj hickson who has a ton of up side starters by 2012 Rondo Mayo Pierce* hickson/green Jordan *if Pierce hasn't decided to retire if yes put green or get Nick young. I have a feeling it could work

  16. Dj says:

    IVE BEEN SAYING IT ALL YEAR THAT WE NEED DEANDRE JORDAN FOR THE LONGEST I WATCHED HIM ALL YEAR AND GO PICK UP THESE GUYS

    DAVID WEST
    BRANDON ROY
    JR SMITH
    MIKE REDD (IF HES CHEAP)
    GREG ODEN(FOR CHEAP BCZ HES NOT GETTING A BIG CONTRACT)
    KEEP JEFF GREEN,NENAD KRISTIC,DELONTE WEST


    TELL ME THAT ISNT A SQUAD WITH A YOUNG BENCH AND FIRE POWER CANT GO WRONG

  17. Anonymous says:

    Barbosa would be a great fit with the celtics. Former 6th man of the year. Likes playing off the bench. Fast. Can handle the ball. Shoot.

  18. Anonymous says:

    BEFORE THE C's THINK ABOUT GETTING ANYONE, PLEASE GET RID OF DANNY AINGE FIRST.
    YES, HE HELPED BRING 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP (McHALE SHOULD GET THE CREDIT, NOT AINGE) BUT THEN AINGE DESTROYED WHAT HAD BEEN PREPARED FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
    IT WAS LIKE GIVING BIRTH TO A CHILD THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS THEN RAPING THE CHILD IN THE END >>> INCEST, ABUSE, UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR FROM SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO CARE.
    BRILLIANT-MINDED OWNERS WERE PUTTING THEIR MONEY EVERYWHERE JUST FOR A CHANCE TO BRING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS TO THEIR TOWN WHILE DANNY AINGE THOUGHT ABOUT SCRIMPING ON A FEW MILLIONS COZ HE MAY NOT BE GETTING ANYTHING FOR PERK AFTER SUMMER?
    DOESN'T ANYBODY KNOW THAT THE GUYS IN PURPLE AND YELLOW AND SOUTH BEACH WERE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS JUST FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE BROUGHT TO THEIR ARENAS??? WHILE DANNY AINGE THOUGHT ABOUT SAVING A FEW MILLIONS, THE OTHER MANAGERS WERE MAKING MOVES "AT ANY COST" ?????

    SEE THE POINT?

    AT ANY COST >>> LAKERS, HEAT ......

    and the Celtics? HAHAH WHAT KIND OF A MANAGER WOULD SCRIMP ON A CHANCE OF A CHAMPIONSHIP???????????????

    AND NOW PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT GETTING PLAYERS FROM OTHER TEAMS WITHOUT GETTING RID OF AINGE FIRST?
    OBVIOUSLY, THE PLAYERS DON'T TRUST HIM ANYMORE.
    >>>>WORD OF ADVICE: FIRST, GET SOMEONE TO MANAGE THE C's, SOMEONE WHO'S EYES ARE FOCUSED ON CHAMPIONSHIP, NOT ON SAVING A FEW BUCKS EVEN IF IT WOULD MEAN KISSING THE SEASON GOODBYE!!!

    A FEW BUCKS AGAINST A SURE CHANCE O A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

    MANAGEMENT HAS TO CHANGE, FELLAHZ!!!
    ONCE YOU CHANGE DANNY AINGE, THEN START REBUILDING ..... AND TRUST IS THE BIGGEST THING. NO PLAYER WANTS TO PLAY FOR A TEAM THAT MIGHT TRADE HIM 25 GAMES INTO THE PLAYOFF!

  19. Anonymous says:

    MY POINT IS: WHILE OTHER TEAMS ARE WILLING TO PAY OFF REFS, WRITERS, ETC (AT ANY COST) JUST FOR A CHANCE ON A CHAMPIONSHIP, AINGE WAS THINKING ABOUT SAVING A FEW BUCKS WHEN HE TRADED PERK.......

    THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT OF IT ALL:
    CHAMPIONSHIP SHOULD BE IN THE MIND OF A TRUE MANAGER >>> BRING THE CHAMPIONSHIP BACK TO BEANTOWN "AT ANY COST!!!"

    THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS BY "ALL ABOUT 18"

    NOW...I WONDER HOW MUCH IS THE MANAGEMENT THINKING TO SAVE AGAIN >>> ALL FOR BANNER 18?????

    GET RID OF DANNY AINGE FIRST, FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD!!!

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