Celtics need a center.
As you all know, shaq retired and the celtics are without a potential center. in my honest opinion, i think the celtics should go after a cheaper and younger center such as Hasheem Thabeet. A rumor has also started saying that Nene might be going to the celtics next year with an $11.6 contract. tell me what you guys think of this.
The Boston Celtics will certainly have some cap space this off season to pursue a couple above average free agents. With the concerns at the center position and the retirement of Shaq, I decided to focus on Nene Hilario for the first of multiple reports of what the Celtics will do this upcoming off season.
The center position is easily the weakest position in the NBA. There are only a handful of good centers in the league and the drop off is significant once you get past the top six or seven. So, to get a guy like Nene Hilario is a great find.
At 6’11″, 250 lbs, Nene has an excellent frame and at age 28 is entering the prime of his career. Over the past three years, Nene has averaged 78 games a season while scoring 14.3 points per game, grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game and shooting 60 percent from the field.
This past season there was no drop-off in Nene’s production. He ranked seventh in scoring amongst centers, 12th in rebounding, first in field goal percentage and sixth in fewest turnovers amongst centers.
Celtics have no money for a guy like Nene, they would have to get someone like Nazr Mohammed. They still have Jermaine so its not a huge need but it is a need
The celtics acually have just enough for nene. the have a Salary cap of up to 13 mil. they have enough money to sign nene for 1 year possibly 2
The Celtics are an aging team, we all know that. What people may not know is that Kevin Garnett and Jermiane O’Neal are unrestricted free agents after next year. With Glen “Big Baby” Davis already a free agent this year, the Celtics could potentially have no depth up front if they don’t pick someone up soon.
With Shaq’s retirement, there is extra pressure on Danny Ainge to find a long term solution at the center position. Jermaine O’Neal’s knees will not hold up during a full NBA season and with him being a free agent in a year, he may not even be back. So, Nene could and should be the answer. Nene would provide the Celtics with stability at the center position for the next four to five years. His defensive ability is as good if not better than Kendrick Perkins and he is a huge upgrade offensively.
Trade Idea: Sign and trade Glen Davis for Anrea Blatche
BOS: gets a big and wont be screwing around with all the veterans
Rondo - Allen - Pierce - KG - Blatche
West - Bradley - Green - Johnson - O'neill
WASH: gets a scoring big for off the bench and can play end the game with veseley at the 3 and gets rid of someone who isnt right for the team
Wall - Young - Singelton - Veseley - Mcgee
Mack - Crawford - Lewis - Davis - Booker
Nene Hilario is the number one guy I want the Celtics to get this offseason. Pairing Nene up with Kevin Garnett will provide the Celtics with the size that they were lacking in the second half of the season. Not only that, but it will also give the Celtics another scoring option.
Now there is a catch here with Nene. He has an early termination option. Meaning that he is not a free agent unless he wants to leave Denver. This is his final year of his contract and he is slated to make $11.6 million. Now, I am not sure if Nene will pass on all that money especially when the collective bargaining agreement is set to expire. But, if Nene were to leave I would expect the Celtics to put a full court press on Nene and try to get him in green.
okay but they cant spend all of their money on him since they still need a backup PG and another big
If I were Boston I would gather my money and and go after Tyson Chandler, I still don't get why Krstic left for Russia, I mean I was hearing he could start next year for the C's.
He's a beast.
Joel Pryzbilla anyone? Cheap, great rebounder, defender,
depends on how joel comes off his surgery