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Rumor: Celtics interested in Rip Hamilton

Chuck - Red's Army April 16, 2010 Uncategorized 12 Comments

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Via Detroit Free Press:

It's beginning to look like Hamilton's days are numbered. He really
doesn't fit the direction of the team. He's more effective in the
half-court game, but there will be a push to increase the tempo next
season to take advantage of the talents of the younger players. With
three seasons left on the extension he signed last season, it will be
tough to move him, but not impossible. An
Eastern Conference executive told me recently he still has value and the Celtics have been
kicking the tires for the past year. The Pistons may have to take a bad
contract in return.

I hope there is ZERO truth to the Celtics interest in Rip Hamilton. He's a 32-year old shooting guard in obvious decline with a large contract ($37 million over the next 3 years). I'd rather they resign Ray Allen for three years.

And there is no one on the Celtics roster who could complete the salary match. Unless Danny Ainge could bring in a third team and dump Rasheed Wallace. Even then, I'm not sure I want three years of Rip.

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  • DRJ

    This ONLY makes sense in the context of “I’ll take any deal if you take Rasheed off my hands.” Even then, a larger deal would have to be involved.
    After the Sheed blow-up in the Cavs game, I thought that if I were Danny, that event would have been my final straw: they HAD to get rid of Sheed after that, no matter what happened in the playoffs. I wonder if this has something to do with that.

  • Jason

    Poor man’s Ray. 100% no thank you.

  • Celtsfan33

    No Way Jose!

  • Perry

    Ditto. 100% Ditto.
    It’s the eve of the playoffs, let the Rip rumor R.I.P.

  • CFH

    Agreed!
    If I’m going to have a UConn shooting guard in decline on my team, I want Ray… not a cheap (or expensive) imitation.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mrtripledouble10 MrTripleDouble10

    It’s too bad that the Pistons are a team that’s currently irrelevant in the NBA right now. (Ok, it’s not too bad, I have never liked Detroit)
    Otherwise Mr. Ellis wouldn’t feel the need to write something just to get them a fraction of a second of discussion.

  • nick

    YOUTH…Monta Ellis, Travis Outlaw, Dorrel Wright, Craig Smith. Those are guys we need, not other old players.

  • Walker

    Would it be so bad having Rip? Let’s assume the Celtics pick him up w/out giving up too much of the core 6-7 guys…
    We get a (Ray Allen-esk) hard worker. Great locker room guy. A player to never have his own agenda. Zero ego. A proven winner/champion. He knows how to play defense the right way.
    So now we have Rip coming off the bench running around screens for 12-18 minutes / game. That is a legit second string option that has been nothing but consistent for his entire career (not including this past injury plagued season).

  • Lakerhater (FD)

    Yeah….it would be that bad. Gimme ray over rip any day of the week and twice on sundays.

  • Walker

    I forgot I made this a clear Ray or Rip debate after I mentioned Rip “coming off the bench”.
    This isn’t a Ray or Rip discussion. I think its safe to assume that Ray will be back in green next season. So who’s coming off the bench for him?
    This is more of a Rip or TA/Marquis/to be named wing player…why not Rip?
    Unless we can swing an unfair “Gasol” type trade, I just don’t see the Celtics having many options this summer to grab quality young wing players…heck, any quality young players.

  • KY Celts fan

    Except that Rip had HUGE problems playing behind AI last year and pretty much demanded play time over Ben Gordon this year, despite Gordon being better at this point and Rip being injured all year.
    A very expensive and declining 2gaurd is not what this team needs. We need a young PF that’s not named Glen Davis. Haslem anyone?

  • greenbeand

    i’ve been saying all year the celts will keep ray before/after the trade deadline. then they will resign him to mid level extension and he’ll be a great 6th man off the bench.