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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics are looking for a point guard again

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) September 21, 2012 Free Agency, Keyon Dooling, The Morning Dump 29 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.

Meanwhile, Dooling informed the Celtics of his plans to retire and the club is now left without a primary backup point guard to Rajon Rondo. Dooling had also emerged as Rondo’s mentor.

“Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that it’s time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family,” Dooling’s representative, Kenge Stevenson, said in a statement.

The Celtics wanted Dooling to return because of his steadiness and veteran presence. Now they are seeking a replacement just a week before training camp.

Boston Globe

The loss of Dooling isn’t the most crushing blow.  It’s not the worst thing in the world for Jason Terry to bring the ball up and start the offense.  And it’s giving Terry’s new BFF Dionte Christmas a glimmer of hope for hooking on with the team.  Christmas is a combo guard too, but he got a little taste of running the point in Las Vegas when E’Twaun Moore got traded.

Remember, that was the day Rondo showed up and gave him a little coaching… leading to an immediate spike in assists.  Of course, I don’t put a ton of stock into summer league success… but it was still an encouraging sign that Dionte can take direction and find teammates.

I’m not sure what veteran point guards are around now that can make an impact.  I’ll throw Leandro Barbosa’s name out there.  Derek Fisher is also available.  Mind you, I’m just naming names.  I think Barbosa might be ok, but Fisher is way past his expiration date.

Related links:  CSNNE: C’s waive Dooling  |  ESPN Boston: Rapid Reaction: Dooling’s retirement  |  Herald:  C’s announce surprise retirement of Keyon Dooling

The rest of the links

CSNNE:  Tour de Darko comes to Boston  |  ESPN Boston: #NBARank: Pierce at 29  |  Roster reset: Camp competition  |  WEEI:  Do the C’s have enough size?  |  Herald:  Channing Frye out for season with enlarged heart

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  • Double P

    As much as I dislike him… I think I would like Derek fisher on this roster, if nothing but some veteran leadership.

    • Christopher

      I agree with Double P on this.

    • Larry Legend

      F— that!! No fisher. I’d rather have Sherm Douglas come out of retirement with his little tear drop runner than see d fish in green…nooooooooo!

  • Danno

    Derek Fisher would be sweet justice. One of the few Lakers I always though was a stand-up guy.

  • MissMD88

    Dislike Fisher and his ugly form! Think he’s trying to wiggle his way to LAL or the team he thinks will get him to win another championship to either pass Kobe or have the same as Kobe. Sad to see Dooling go because I considered him the Rondo Whisperer. He’s Courtney Lee’s mentor as well from their days as teammates on Orlando Magic.

    • MJ

      They weren’t on the Magic at the same time. Dooling left the year Lee was drafted.

  • http://write.keinism.com Kein

    Fish has got my vote too.

  • Jayfox

    You guys call yourselves Celtics fan!! Wow come on show some pride. Derek Fisher! No way! Don’t care if he’s the last point guard on earth wouldn’t take him or even consider him.

    • Sheets

      Hear hear

  • Jayfox

    How about Mike Bibby, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jonny Flynn( which I’m hyped about), Jannero Pargo. All decent back-up point guards.

    • kg215

      the First 3 are completely washed up, Flynn is a bust, and Pargo doesn’t have too much talent. But I agree with your above post, no Derek Fisher who is even more washed up than Arenas/Davis/Bibby.

      • Jayfox

        The point is that it they don’t have to be great. They are backups. Nothing more. Bibby and Areans could be a diamond in the rough.

  • Anthony83

    Allen Iverson would be a great option, he wants to return to the nba, Arenas, Bibby, Baron Davis, Flynn..

  • RedsLoveChild

    Replacing Keyon Dooling?

    That will likely be the LEAST challenging task Ainge will ever have to confront!

  • isai

    Just to throw a name out there, Carlos Arroyo is looking to get back into the NBA

  • TropicalgreenVjfitz

    Im thinking Danny has been secretly getting in shape all summer and although not his natural position, as a backup he could still nail all those guys. What are the rules on GM as 16 th man. Sound like some kind off crap Red would of pulled.

    • slumptrump

      In true Jakie Moon style GM Danny Ainge shocks the basketball world causing the Player’s Association to create the Ainge clause ROFLMAO

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    Jannero Pargo is the guy I’d go after…..

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  • Relja

    What about Iverson?

  • thetitleisours

    I would prefer letting the current guys run it so we can keep Christmas

  • sev

    with limited playing time I would choose Baron Davis. Being injury prone wouldn’t be that bad as he would play limited minutes and if he became injured, there wouldn’t be a need to rush him back out there. Hes only been a problem on other teams that were relying on him to be healthy and productive. If we got him to the playoffs healthy, he would be a nice addition and possibly insurance if a player goes down. He is also good friends with paul pierce and they grew up playing against each other.

  • thebantam

    PP playing some point forward again?

    That’s odd of Dooling. Isn’t he walking away from 1+ million bucks? Wonder what went down.

  • Shawncvd

    Hate Bibby! The others would be just fine though and a steal at Vet’s minimum

  • eddysamson

    I’d like to see them develop Christmas instead of getting anyone else…maybe Baron Davis, no one else. Lol at the AI comments.

    • Jayfox

      I agree I like Christmas and would to see him get time. The problem of letting him be the number 2 point guard is that we don’t have time to wait for him to develop. PP and KG don’t have time to wait either so the only option is to get a replacement. My only problem with BD is the he has alway been lazy. Always comes to camp out of shape and always gets injured. I also agree no way to AI. He had his chance and its too late plus he’s like 38 now.

  • Jayfox

    I messed up when I said I was hyped for jonny. He’s bad. But the other would be a low risk high reward. Bibby, Areans are solid back ups. Both on the tail end of their careers. Could be a good thing.

  • mgballer

    did u guys vouching for baron davis not see what happened to his leg/knee last year? he’s done

  • zippittyay

    I agree. Davis, Arenas and Bibby are all done. Arroyo or Fisher I could tolerate but I would rather get Christmas some action while sharing the ball with Pierce and Terry.