Celtics rounding into shapeMORE: Everybody hates Bobby Breaking down Larry's letter


Celtics rounding into shapeMORE: Everybody hates Bobby Breaking down Larry's letter

According to A. Sherrod Blakely, the Celtics have come to terms with center Chris Wilcox, and if I've got my names and numbers right, that brings Boston's roster count to 11.

And I demonstrate:

1. Kevin Garnett
2. Paul Pierce
3. Rajon Rondo
4. Avery Bradley
5. Brandon Bass
6. Jeff Green
7. Jason Terry
8. JaJuan Johnson
9. Fab Melo
10. Jared Sullinger
11. Chris Wilcox

On top of that, the Celtics have until the last night of Vegas Summer League to guarantee E'Twaun Moore's contract. But considering how well he played in Orlando, and the uncertainty surrounding Bradley shoulders, it's fair to assume the Celtics will want Moore. So, that's 12.

And what about Kris Joseph? The C's obviously liked the kid enough to draft him, and he held his own in Orlando. Not to mention, take a look at the aforementioned 12 guys and you'll see only one natural small forward Pierce. They could use a little depth there. And how about this: Can you name the last second round pick NOT to play for the Celtics in his rookie season? That would be Darius Songalia in 2002. In other words, the Celtics love their second rounders. For all them there reasons, I'm giving Joseph roster spot No. 13.

And then there were two.

Crazy, right? All of a sudden the 2012-2013 Celtics are coming into focus.

Who are some candidates for the last two spots? As it is right now, the C's won't have much to work with. There's still a chance that Mickael Pietrus finds his way back home although he'd probably have to do so at a discount. Sean Williams is third non-guaranteed contract on the summer league roster (along with Moore and Joseph) and has to at least be considered. Stiemsma? Eh, with Wilcox on board, there's probably isn't room. And either way, the Stiemer was (and is) likely to get more cash from Minnesota. Keyon Dooling? Maybe. But only if nothing else works out.

I believe the best move for the Celtics right now is this possibility (via Celtics Town, via Celtics Life, via the Dallas Morning News): Work a sign-and-trade for Jason Terry.

In this scenario, with Terry's contract with the Celtics not yet final, the Celtics would instead trade for him. This would:

a) Allow Terry to get more money because of Bird Rights.

b) Allow the Mavs to get a little something in return, instead of losing Terry for nothing. (And with the offseason they've had, they could use it)

c) Allow the Celtics to hold onto to their mid-level exception

Now those last two spots (or at least one of them) becomes a hell of a lot more interesting.

OJ Mayo? Courtney Lee? DWIGHT HOWARD?!

No, OK. But maybe one of the first two.

Either way, we'll take it.

And that's all for now.

Everyone have a good weekend.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.  

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