So much for the C's using Sheed's contract to bring in some help. Today, Danny Ainge made it sound like they're just going to let him walk away.
"It is probably going to be resolved sooner rather than later," Ainge said on a conference call following Shaquille O'Neal's
introduction. "I expect it to be done before training camp. We have
looked at trade possibilities throughout the summer and will continue to
look at those, but it will likely all be resolved shortly."
Reading between the lines, it appears the Celtics haven't found a
deal that interests them this offseason and, with a maxed out roster at
15 players under contract for the 2010-11 season following Tuesday's
signing of Luke Harangody, the team will likely move to open a valuable
spot to sign one more veteran player.
So there it is. Forget the trades… they're probably just gonna sign someone.
Both Ainge and Rivers suggested they'd like to add another shooter to
the roster, adding some depth at a swingman spot that remains the team's
biggest area of need following the departure of Tony Allen. Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels are all that's behind Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the depth chart at shooting guard/small forward.
"We'd like to get a [shooting guard], we'd like to get one more
shooter," said Rivers. "Von's a hell of a shooter and that's good for
us, but we'd love to get another veteran shooter."
Rivers waited a beat before adding a punchline, "Preferably one under 38."
Which, this year, means someone who's 36.
And while I'm certainly not one to question the C's moves… they certainly make plenty of sense. I suppose the one thing I've been wondering is whether a player exists somewhere in the D-League with a specific enough skill set to fit in this system and has some more dependable legs.
I dunno… that's just me thinking out loud… which is something that has gotten me into a ton of trouble in the past so I'm just gonna stop.