Well, Boston is going with the “penetrating point guard and shooters” theory. Apparently.
The Celtics are on the verge of signing free agent David West, tweets David Aldridge of NBA.com. This would be a three-year deal for about $27 million and likely will be a sign-and-trade where Jermaine O’Neal and others will head back to New Orleans (only to be shipped out again), according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
This is an interesting choice for Boston. Not sure I love it. First, you are giving a three-year deal to a guy coming off major knee surgery who missed half of last season. Second, West normally plays the power forward spot, but the Celtics have some guy who plays that spot named Kevin Garnett.
West is maybe as good a pick-and-pop big as there is in the league, which creates some opportunities with Rajon Rondo, who got 26 percent of his offense as the pick-and-roll ball handler and shot 46 percent in that role.
In addition, you can have Rondo drive the lane and have shooters in Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, KG and West around him.
Not sure this is the best fit for the Celtics, but it creates some different looks on a team that needs a few of those if it is going to return to the NBA finals.
West had played for the Hornets with Chris Paul. I’d say that West being gone hurt the Hornets chances of keeping Paul, but that ship has sailed.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.