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Admittedly, it's an unfair question. It's asking our panel of Celtics observers to not only predict how the first four months of the season will play out, but gauge what the Celtics' needs will be at that point and what the market will look like around the league.
But here's one telling sign: Nearly our entire panel thought the team would make some sort of move, most pointing to the wing position, where a lack of depth still concerns most of our observers. This shouldn't necessarily be construed as a lack of faith that this roster, as currently constituted, can't get back to the NBA Finals. Rather, it's likely a reflection that our panel believes this team will be a championship contender again and therefore in the market to upgrade for the stretch run.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge certainly has a track record for making some sort of deadline move, so I'm willing to bet he does this year. I think he'll still go after Rudy Fernandez (or that elusive wing player). It's imperative that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen play fewer regular-season minutes, but relying on the health of Marquis Daniels is not a viable option.
As Forsberg mentions, this question was asked pre-Delonte. so here was my answer:
I'll say yes, and it will be to fill that hole at the wing. The C's might not even wait until the deadline to make the move. And maybe that move will just be a signing… but at some point, Danny will fill that one remaining hole in the roster.
Chuck had a similar take.
A veteran 2/3… especially if Danny Ainge is unable to land Larry Hughes or Rudy Fernandez.
I still feel like there's a little bit of a hole at the wing. With Delonte, Von Wafer will probably slide over to the 3 on occasion. And there's still no guarantee that every guy pans out. With all these veteran minimum deals, the Celtics can cut bait if someone acts up, gets in trouble, or outright sucks.
So IF the Celtics have a hole to fill… they'll fill it.
The rest of the links:
Flannery/WEEI: Celtics Countdown #8: The new look bench | Ball Don't Lie: Durant writes 1972 on his shoes in win over Russia | FanHouse: Greg Ostertag is trying to come back