July 1, 2007
Porchlight Still on for KG in Boston
VEGAS - The sports books out here aren't yet posting odds on it, but
it's a prohibitive longshot that the Celtics will go into next season
with their current roster.
The draft night trade for
Ray Allen represents a significant change, but there is clearly another
shoe or two to drop. The question is whether that shoe will be size 18
or something smaller.
Danny Ainge insisted he wasn't dancing around the specifics yesterday, but he managed to make a strong point with one sentence.
``We're obviously not done with our roster yet,'' he said.
Celts appear to be letting the marketplace shake out a bit (there are
tremors with Jason Kapono reportedly getting $24 million over four
years), but Ainge said he's not been idle.
close to doing anything, but we've been looking at a lot of players who
could be a good fit for us,'' he added. ``We're looking at a lot of free
agents at all different levels - sign-and-trade free agents and
mid-level guys. We're also looking at what trades might be out there
that could work for us.
``But we have to look at what
each move would do to other potential moves. If we do a sign-and-trade
for a bigger free agent, does that take away our chances to use the
mid-level (exception)? We have to think of those things, so it's kind of
a puzzle trying to figure out what the best move is.
``It's not like we feel we're one move away.''
wouldn't mention any names of free agents (and he can't discuss those
who are under contract to other teams), but among those who would seem
logical for their needs on the inside include Marcus Camby, Jamaal
Magloire and Joe Smith.
The Celts also are said to be
looking at point guards, and 30-year-old Theo Papaloukas could step over
from Greece and help (the Lakers are said to be pursuing him). Derek
Fisher could also fit that role. Granted his release by the Jazz, he's
looking at playing sites where his cancer-stricken daughter could get
good care (hello, Boston).
And as crazy as it may seem,
the Celts may still be leaving the porch light on for Kevin Garnett.
There appears to be no chance Ainge will sleep until he sees the
Timberwolves star in another uniform.
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