The Celtics have turned to Sam Cassell and Stephon Marbury to back up Rajon Rondo during the Big 3 era. Meanwile, Gabe Pruitt has pretty much just hung out on the bench. He did have a stretch through January and February where he got some playing time… and his best game of the season was probably a 9 point, 4 assist, 3 rebound performance in a blowout of New Jersey.
But Gabe seemed to still get lost in the offense some times. And he hasn't exactly torn it up on the defensive side of the ball. But with the Celtics in a big-time pinch with cap space issues and a lack of draft pick (Minnesota has our 1st rounder because of the KG trade. The Celtics only pick is 3rd from last in the entire draft) Pruitt has a chance to make his move.
A shooter is on Doc's wish list this offseason, and it's possible… POSSIBLE… that Gabe can fill that role. Gabe IS a good shooter who could be a good compliment to Rajon Rondo. In the few flashes of good play, you can tell Gabe can shoot the ball. We've seen him show an ability to penetrate and finish at the rim. But the question is when will he do it consistently?
Gabe will get one more chance in the summer league to prove he can run this system… IF the Celtics pick up his team option. The team has until June 15 to decide if it wants to exercise the $729,000 option on Gabe. The summer league begins July 10 in Vegas. Is $729,000 a small enough amount for you to think the C's should roll the dice on Gabe for one more year? Or do you think the C's should save every penny they can to spend on a veteran?
After the jump, LeBron's sick game winner with one second left in last night's game (after the Cavs blew a 23 point lead to fall behind by 2).