Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:44 AM
I don't think the Celtics are too far off if they're able to retain Green, Davis, West, and even Troy Murphy, as I expect Bradley to be improved enough to provide decent minutes as a last resort option. I really think Johnson could play some minutes and be fine as well.
People have written off Murphy as if he's done when a year ago he was a borderline great player. He can play center, play power forward, should come cheap, and I think would be a great value guy on a year veteran exception type deal in an attempt to get a better deal next year.
Going along with my Pacers obsession, I don't see why Mike Dunleavy wouldn't consider signing as a back up small forward.
That would leave a need for a big and a point guard. I would imagine you could split the MLE on Kwame Brown and TJ Ford. I'd prefer Dalembert but they're basically the same player and with Brown's age, he won't be signing for as long. Ford is a guy who I really thought was unfairly treated by my beloved Pacers. When Collison went out in the first round against the Bulls, Ford didn't miss a beat and actually hit a full court buzzer beater - not that that one lucky play matters, interesting nonetheless.
Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, O'Neal
Ford, West, Green, Davis, Brown
Bradley, Moore, Dunleavy, Johnson, Murphy
I don't see why they can't compete next year. Yes, I'm assuming that some key pieces will be resigned, I can't imagine Jeff Green getting away. Same goes with Delonte - I just get that vibe that this is his team. If Davis flees for the most money, more power to him, he can be replaced - Craig Smith, etc.
Other realistic options include Marquis Daniels, Grant Hill, Al Thornton, Anthony Parker, Kurt Thomas, JJ Barea, Reggie Evans,
Wishful thinking = Shane Battier, Tayshaun Prince, Marc Gasol, Josh Howard, Andrei Kirilenko, Thaddeus Young.