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Your Morning (er, afternoon) Dump… JET’s in, now what?

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 4, 2012 Free Agency, The Morning Dump 13 Comments

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.

…Boston still seemingly has enough room to bring back both Allen and Bass (though it won’t leave much to fill out the end of the bench). Regardless, Boston still has room to do some combination of the following:

* Offer Ray Allen a two-year, $12 million contract ($6 million on book for next season)

* Offer Brandon Bass in the vicinity of $6 million in the first year of a long-term deal (though a lower number would provide more wiggle room). If unable to bring back Bass at an agreeable number, the team could facilitate a sign-and-trade in order to bring back an asset.

* Use the bi-annual exception (or part of it) to bring back a role player like Mickael Pietrus or fend off any modest offer sheets that Greg Stiemsma receives. The $2 million value will still require the likes of Pietrus to take a bit of a discount, but a veteran might be enticed by the roster Boston is putting together for another title run.

* Fill out the end of the roster with low-budget options like Moore and Williams, or any other minimum salary player.

ESPN Boston: Still room to sign Ray, Bass

This all assumes Jeff Green signs for $9 million, which is what the Celtics offered him last year.

We can also assume Jason Terry is in because despite giving the Mavs the option of matching the Celtics offer, the Mavs decided to wish him luck in the future instead.

So now we turn to Brando Bass and Ray Allen.  We know Ray is visiting other teams this week, and Bass is being pursued by up to six teams,  So this is going to be a little bit of a waiting period for Boston.  The Celtics want both back, but they also have options with both in the form of sign and trade deals.  Remember, all the rumors we’re hearing right now can’t happen until July 11th.  That means Jason Terry can’t sign on the dotted line for another week.  And teams making other players offers can’t actually follow through on that offer for another week.

So let’s say Ray gets an offer from the Clippers and he really wants to go.  The Celtics can call the Clippers and work out some kind of deal that gets them something back.

It’s all very much up in the air, but the Celtics have the money to make it happen.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE: Report:  Terry loves Boston’s “championship pedigree”  |  ESPN Boston:  Taking care of their own  |  WEEI:  What a Jason Terry signing would mean for Boston  |  Gerry McNamara:  Fab Melo’s potential is scary  |  Herald:  Where will Ray Allen end up?  |  Celtics take a shot with Jason Terry |  Pietrus waits for Dominoes to fall

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  • JJ

    It’s done. Jet is a Celtic now, and will root for him relentlessly. I still don’t care for the signing itself or the length, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. I would love to see a Bass sign and trade for a player and a possible pick. I like him, but if Sully is the future, now is the time to start playing him.

  • RedsLoveChild

    At his age…”Jet” is more like a “Crop Duster”!

    • JJ

      It fits with the aesthetics in the Garden at this point…

  • Isai

    if ray wants to go to clippers boston could work something to get young in return, as for bass, C’s could do the same to get josh smith in return

    • JJ

      No way the Hawks are taking Bass for Smith…if that were the case, it would have been done already. We would need to give up too much, in addition to Bass.

  • Astarot

    Maybe I’m wrong but Celtics still need strarting C (Garnett won’t play on 5 slot even for Rivers – not for enitre season). We don’t want Melo to start in his rookie season and Stiemsma, as much as I like him, is not good enough to be in the starting line up

    • JJ

      They were looking into Asik before he signed the strangest deal in league history. Not that he’s that far ahead of Steimsma. There really isn’t much out there, in terms of the center position. Doc will end up using a variation of Melo, KG, Sully, Steimsma, and possibly Johnson. It probably won’t be “set” center positions, but more what’s necessary at a given point in the game. They have some flexibility with those guys, as far as going small/big.

    • I bleed green in L.A.

      Would love Kahman, New Orleans doesn’t need/want him. Sign and trade Bass? Won’t need Bass with KG at PF. Hopefully Sully can get some PF minutes off the bench or Wilcox, or go small with Green.

  • zippittyay

    Can we refer to Fab Melo as “Fab” instead of “Melo” so no one confuses him with that overrated loser from the Knicks?

    • JJ

      That would actually be a discredit to Fab, since his name is actually Melo. No one cares about carMelo anymore, anyways. Could have been something if he gave a damn.

      • zippittyay

        I agree but I still have a visceral negative reaction when I read “Melo” in a basketball sense. I guess it will fade….

  • dwayne wade

    as usual Boston fans getting giddy about has beens and unprovens, coz no legit will join their team. lol

  • rdr3

    Hey wade. nice name. try being fresh, unlike your name sake that got caryd by lebron to #2. #1 came via shaq. Lets say it how it is if you want to talk like meta world peace. see you in conf finals soooon.