Boston has emerged as the hot new entrant in the race for 'Sheed, with my colleague Ric Bucher from ESPN The Magazine crediting Kevin Garnett for not only convincing Celtics personnel chief Danny Ainge to enter the bidding but leading the Celtics' lobbying efforts.
Orlando, San Antonio and Dallas all have strong 'Sheed interest as well…
I just can't picture Wallace in a Celtics uniform. Does he fit a need? Absolutely.
Other contenders will offer more money than the Celtics and for a guy who already has tasted a championship, I think Wallace will follow the cash.
(Phoenix), Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace (Detroit), Jamario Moon
(Miami), Lamar Odom (Lakers), Zaza Pachulia (Atlanta), Anthony Parker
(Toronto); center Chris Wilcox (New York); and guard Marquis Daniels
According to a league source, Davis, as a restricted free agent,
will carry a mid-level exception (approximately $5.8 million) price tag
into the marketplace. He also qualifies as a so-called “Early Bird”
exception free agent (two years with the same team), meaning the
Celtics can sign him for up to 175 percent of last season’s salary.
That amount would approximate the mid-level exception. Because of
Davis’ Early Bird status, the Celtics could pay that amount without
using their mid-level exception.
The question is whether the Celtics are willing to pay that much.
Detroit and Memphis – two teams with cap space – both are expected
to court Davis over the next month. The Pistons, depending on who they
bring back, are a playoff team. Memphis, attracted to Davis’ promise as
a young power forward, isn’t even close.
And that, in turn, is the question facing Davis.
Detroit needs to hire a coach before they court any free agents. And Memphis…is Memphis. My gut (I'm pulling a Gary Tanguay) says the Celtics will get BBD signed.