Danny Ainge made a valid bid to get David West in a Celtics uniform but West ultimately wanted more money. The Celtics were offering in the neighborhood of $8.4 million per year. My guess is that when a guy like West sees DeAndre Jordan get an offer sheet of $10 million per year, he and his agent had to reconsider what Boston was able to offer.

The failed acquisition of West should not be blamed on Ainge but rather on the rapidly growing financial market in this warp speed free agent period.

So now that the David West trade is official gone in the wind what’s next for Boston?

Unfortunately the options are evaporating and money/cap space is extremely constrictive for this year’s Celtic team. The news about West seemingly came out of nowhere and now we all feel like something has to happen in its place and maybe it does. We have very specific needs in the areas of rebounding, size, and scoring. No one player realistically/financially attainable fits of all of our needs at once.

Here are a few known names that are still “available” given what the free agent market has set thus far:

Kwame Brown (at one point it seemed like a foregone conclusion he could join the team but what is he really worth?)

Samuel Dalembert (if Chandler and Nene are commanding $15 million he has to be cheaper, right?)

Reggie Evans (a rugged rebounder and defender check out his Green target here)

Kyrylo Fesenko (OK so maybe he is not exactly a known name)

Kris Humphries (this might be a stretch both financially and in terms of personality on the team but still worth investigating at this point)

Andrei Kirilenko (rumors have the Kings courting him but nothing is official)

Carl Landry (with his ties to our Purdue rookies and scoring ability he might be a suitable fit)

Leon Powe (familiar to us all you can check out his Green Target profile here)

Etan Thomas (strong defensive presence with some history of injuries)

Maybe Danny can surprise us with some other names who are available on the trade market (Chris Kaman, Emeka Okafor)? Either way we will stand by our team and welcome any newcomers and cherish those who have given to us already over the years. 

I am a Celtic and it is all about 18.

WShaw 12/11/2011 05:46:00 PM Edit
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19 Responses so far.

  1. LOVE!!! the sign off my friend. We are all Celtics and its all about 18

  2. Anonymous says:

    please, Ainge, just don't get rid of Rondo, that would tear this team apart.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Kirilenko and Landry would be my top 2 picks out of that gorup, with Powe and Dalembert right behind.

  4. JR says:

    Landry is a great idea. If the Hornets were willing to sign and trade West, why not Landry?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I like Fess (Fesenko), he's not bad. Had some highlights in Utah but definitly need more minutes. Can play some D, not bad at offense and doesn't like lakers :D


  6. Anonymous says:

    landry? hell nahhhhhhh.

  7. Jay says:

    Kwame signed with Charlotte
    Dalembert out of the price range. Probably going to Mavs
    Not much left

  8. Me says:

    Nice Article.... Hope the Celtic's make the best choice with the options that they have.

  9. Anonymous says:

    sign and trade for okafor give them the rookies just do it!!

  10. Bev Tabet says:

    Bring Semih Erden back! :-)

  11. Jay says:

    Semih just broke this thumb over in Turkey. Will miss some time

  12. Answer: Sasha Pavlovic. LMAO

  13. Anonymous says:

    What happened to the thing about josh smith

  14. Anonymous says:

    With Sasha coming on he's Kristic's buddy I say good old fashioned Russian defection is in order for the mini mid.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Dalembert would be my top pick, but I heard he has his mind set with either the Rockets or Kings.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Agree...Rondo is the heart of this team

  17. Anonymous says:

    Reggie Evans could definitely help the Celtics out, and might be the best overall fit due to his rebounding ability and desire to play for Boston. I would do everything to try to sign him and perhaps a trade might open up in a few months to get another center.

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