With Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Jermaine O’Neal all but signed, sealed and delivered, we were already thinking ahead of who else would fill out the bench for the Celtics. If the reports are true, Jermaine O’Neal will, like Rasheed Wallace last year, be receiving the entire mid-level exception over the next two seasons.
I, as well as thousands of other Celtic fanatics, were hoping we could split the MLE between two players, but that will not be happening. With no cap space left to sign outside free agents that will command over the veteran’s minimum, Danny Ainge will return to two familiar faces. This from Chris Tomasson’s Twitter account:
Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirms team is interested in bringing back FA’s Nate Robinson and Tony Allen. Both have said want return.
I wrote about Tony Allen last week and how the Lakers were interested in signing him, but I truly believe Tony will be back in Boston. His defense gets him on the floor and he is still in a position to play some point guard for this team. Nate Robinson became a fan favorite in the playoffs when he exploded against Orlando. With Nate not having the skills to run an offense, he and Tony are perfect back court partners coming off the bench. Add Avery Bradley to the mix and we look to have our point guard and shooting guard positions all but filled.
Another free agent that played for us last season that would be someone I wouldn’t mind returning is Marquis Daniels (exclusive Celtics 24/7 interview). He was the point-forward experiment of last year and, to me, was successful at it until he suffered his wrist injury that sidelined him for 28 games. In that time, Tony Allen started to get more minutes and Daniels was the one left out of the rotation. I think that adding Marquis to the bench with Nate Robinson, Tony Allen, Glen Davis and a free agent big man yet to be signed/traded for would be a formidable bench worthy of getting us back to the NBA Finals.
This just from Marquis Daniels’ Twitter Account:
We shall see RT @Yazzii_F_Babii: @Marquis_Daniels hey r u staying on the Celtics?