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Not so great news for Michael Finley

Via the Boston Herald:

Now that Michael Finley is a Celtic, the team has a simple question. How does the 36-year-old swingman fit in?

Doc Rivers dealt with the question during this morning’s shootaround at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

“We don’t know yet,’’ said the Celtics coach. “But he was available, he’s a guy of high character, and he can shoot. “But to be honest we don’t know yet if he fits in or not. But adding a veteran can’t hurt.’

“I think he has basketball left in him,’’ said Rivers. “Mike can
still play, but we don’t know if he will be in the rotation or not. But
having a guy of high character in your locker room can never hurt.’’

Finley must be thrilled to know that Doc Rivers has no clue how to fit him into the rotation or whether he even belongs on the rotation.

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  • Surely he knew this before signing, or he’s just an idiot.

  • DRJ

    Yeah, they didn’t talk about this?? The only way that could have happened is if nobody else was really interested in him, which if true, means the media got it all wrong. (Wouldn’t be the first time.) Otherwise, you’d think he or his agent would have negotiated and discussed.
    So maybe that is what happened. Nobody else made an offer?
    Problem with that is… he had plenty of time. He could have signed up with a team at any point up to the end of the season (I’m pretty sure). So it’s a mystery.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Yeah if he didn’t know this coming in then I donno what to tell ya. I could have seen this coming.
    Only question is, he was playing 15 minutes a night in san antonio and was unhappy. He’ll be lucky if he sniffs that here, right? Still good to grab him, its a no lose

  • WRA

    I can see him staying happy with around 15 minutes in Boston because he’ll be playing mostly with the second unit and getting more looks then he was getting in san antonio. If not, then I think he’ll at least like the atmosphere here more. Plus he probably realized only a contender would pick up a 37 year old veteran for a playoff push to play a PJ Brown type roll.

  • DRJ

    15 minutes a night for Fin in Boston? That’s really hard to believe. Not gonna happen.
    Hard to understand this deal from the POV of his expectations.

  • WRA

    Well like you said before the media could have gotten it wrong. He never said he expected 15 minutes or more a game with the C’s, just that he didn’t like playing limited time for the Spurs who he doesn’t see as a contender. Who knows, but I bet he’ll be happier here playing with this group.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Love the quote “I think he has basketball left in him,” . Hey Doc ever think that Walker/Lester/Shelden have some basketball left in them ? Also last time I checked we got Quis and a poor man’s Quis named Tony Allen in the rotation. And coach doesn’t know where he’ll fit ?
    If Fins doesn’t play he will go down as the first veteran acquisition Coach won’t play.

  • JD

    Yeah, this deal is definite head scratcher from Finley’s point of view, but there is really no risk involved at all and theres potential reward if he can be a PJ Brown type of player in the playoffs, so I am perfectly fine with this deal.

  • thetitleisours

    Doc never has a clue on how to use his guys at the end of the bench lol