Shaq wants Sheed to come back to Boston and form a real frontcourt logjam


Thumbnail image for Rwallace_sad.jpgRasheed Wallace is on the fence about retirement — last year was physically hard for him, but the chance to come back with a team to make one more run at a title has to be a big temptation.

Shaquille O’Neal — the newest member of the Celtics frontcourt, told Comcast Sports New England he wants him back.

“I know Rasheed is thinking about coming back,” said O’Neal, who was in attendance at a charity basketball game in Orlando, Fla. “Rasheed, go on and come back for one or two more years.”

Players always want more good players on their team — but Boston’s frontcourt is already pretty crowded.

Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal will be your starters. Shaq will come in off the bench for the other O’Neal, Glen Davis will spell KG. So in that scenario, there are already pretty limited minutes for Sheed, but there are some. However, how many shots are there for him? Not many.

Then what happens when Kendrick Perkins returns around the All-Star Game? Wallace would be cut back heavily.

The Celtics would love to have Sheed back in that role (even the fans seem willing to take him back in a more limited role than he had last year). But does Sheed himself want to chase a ring largely as a spectator for a year? Would he be happy with the limited minutes and role he would have? That’s the question only he can answer and would guide his return.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.