Paul Pierce likes our offseason acquisitions. Pierce also thinks the Celtics need one more piece. He may be right. At his annual basketball camp, he suggested that adding someone to relieve him off the bench may be just what the Celtics need:
“I think we’re right there at top,” he said. “I think we’re one of the top four or five teams in all of basketball. I still like we need another piece. I think we could use another wingman off the bench after losing Tony Allen. I think he was real valuable what he brought in the playoffs so for the most part of I love our team. I think we’re better now that we were in June. But also I still think we need another piece if we’re going to win it all and not just get there.”
Pierce also gave his thoughts on the Shaquille O’Neal signing:
“It’s going to be fun to have the big fella in the locker room,” Pierce said. “I think he fits in with what we’re trying to do, especially with (Kendrick Perkins) out. It’s going to be fun watching Rondo give him the ball, watching him receive passes from KG (Kevin Garnett). I think he’s going to be a lot better with us than he was in Cleveland.”
Ainge said he spoke with the Big Three and Rajon Rondo about signing O’Neal and the vote was 4-0 in favor of bringing The Diesel in. Pierce confirms that.
Can’t say I don’t agree with almost everything Pierce said here. It doesn’t appear he is too high on Von Wafer or Marquis Daniels considering he wants another wing to back him up. Wafer brings some of the athleticism we lost when Tony left, but does he bring the shut down defense? You would think between Daniels, Wafer, and Avery Bradley’s ability to defend NBA guards right away that we have enough to compete. Does three average wings make up for one really good guard? We might just find out.