Every morning, we compile the links of
the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
suddenly the Celtics have a frontcourt depth chart featuring just
Garnett and Davis.
Boston can add emergency, low-cost big bodies in the mold of Williams
through free agency. But a Boston team that got annihilated on the
offensive glass during the Finals knows the importance of having quality
bigs up front in order to compete for a title.
The Celtics could set their sights on Florida State's 7-foot-1 Solomon
Alabi, whose long, athletic body and ability to block shots would
add a jolt of youth to the Boston frontcourt. Or the Celtics could hope
Marshall's 7-foot freshman Hassan
Whiteside slides into the late teens.
While the Celtics are desperate for big men, I'm wary about taking a young 7-footer who needs to bulk up and learn defensive rotations. Haseem Thabeet, last year's #2 pick, averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds in his rookie season.
My approach to this draft – The Celtics need a player who can make an immediate impact off the bench.
On Page 2, Chris Paul is a hot commodity.
The San Antonio Spurs once had a chance to be frontrunners for Paul – if New Orleans ever felt compelled to make a trade – because they could offer an All-Star caliber point guard in Tony Parker. Nevertheless, the emergence of Darren Collison allows the Hornets to make a trade without taking back a point guard. Now, New Orleans could possibly improve itself at two positions – perhaps shooting guard and small forward – and get draft picks.
The biggest part of this story is that LeBron James' agents are telling teams that acquiring Paul will dramatically improve their chances of signing LBJ.
This entire crop of super free-agents (James, Wade, Amare, Bosh) are taking leverage to a new level. It's not sitting well with me. It has that "inmates running the asylum" feeling.
The rest of the links:
Herald – Mapping out draft help | Globe – Rivers runs through it | ESPN Boston – Jordan Crawford draft profile | Solomon Alabi draft profile | WEEI – Mock draft | CSNNE – Potential Celtics pick: Hassan Whiteside | Offseason questions: Part two of a Big 3 | Celtics Blog – Bring back some familiar faces |