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“I was kind of surprised when they reached out to me,’’ Evans said. “It was an honor, especially with the kind of players they have on their team.’’
“[The Celtics] are a tough-minded team and I am a tough-minded player,’’ said Evans, who was a teammate of Ray Allen’s in Seattle. “I don’t really take too much on the court and they really don’t take too much on the court. So that’s why I used to love to play against them so much because they used to remind me of myself, knowing their competitive nature and they don’t take any plays off. I liked to play against them.’’
At 31, Evans is seeking a bit of security, and a chance to win a championship after advancing beyond the first round of the playoffs just once.
“I want to win a title so bad,’’ he said. “I know I’m not getting younger in the league, so I want a chance to win. I want to weigh out all my options because I got the right attitude, I’m not trying to go to a team and start shooting the ball. I just want to see if there’s a need for me out there.’’
Evans was named the league's dirtiest player in a 2010 poll by Sports Illustrated. Back in 2006 he was caught on video grabbing Chris Kaman's sack while fighting for a rebound.
If you're willing to overlook the dirty tactics, Evans is a tenacious rebounder. He would be a great addition to the bench. Don't expect anything offensively, because, outside of putbacks, he can't score.
On Page 2, the four scenarios for Jeff Green.
Green and the Celtics could reach a long- or short term-deal. Green has Larry Bird rights (allowing the Celtics to exceed the cap to re-sign him), so he’s eligible to make up to the maximum of $13.6 million.
Green could accept the qualifying offer. To a player, that’s the equivalent of signing for the minimum, a one-year deal for the least amount the team is required to pay.
The sides could determine that they can’t come to terms, and decide on a sign-and-trade. The Celtics would be able to get something in return for Green, and Green would be able to sign a deal he likes.
Green could sign an offer sheet from another team, which Falk says he won’t do. It would mean the Celtics would get nothing out of the Perkins trade.
Green's agent David Falk is reaching out to the media, probably because he wants more than the qualifying offer the Celtics are handing him.
I wouldn't sign Jeff to any type of long term deal. Let him prove himself this season. If he does, the long term deal will be there.
If he walks.. he walks.
Related link: ESPN Boston - Jeff Green: The Celtics past or future?
The rest of the links:
Herald – Trade winds calm | CSNNE – Amnesty rule hurts Cs flexibility | SI.com – Teams slow to jump in free agent pool | WEEI – Cs free agent options at power forward | ESPN Boston – Cs/Knicks will be season opener on Christmas | Ray Allen Extreme Home Makeover | Bradley working to earn Doc's trust | ESPN LA – Lakers interested in Delonte |