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He was unrestricted but said he wanted to come back so he might as well have had a team option! I'd hardly say he's injury prone the dude broke his wrist from a freak accident and was back and a key player for us by the end of the year. Given the shortened camps etc he would have been worth the signing just because we wouldn't have to teach him the system etc. Stupid to not take him when he was just sitting there waiting to play for us.
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Delonte didn't want to move on, he said Boston was his first choice and he would have taken a minimum deal, we insulted him by not even bothering to contact him so he went elsewhere. Wasted opportunity IMO. He was great last year.
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He's just flexing like mad and breathing in. He's always had muscle under all that fat. Here's a pic of him not flexing, looks identical to the pic above from Boston http://www.nbamate.com/images/2011/12/glen1700121311.jpg
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No idea why we don't sign west. Get Reggie Evans as a backup big for minimum and give Delonte the MLE, he's worth it. Avery Bradley is raw as hell, and I don't see Moore being any better this year. For £3m why not, Delonte was one of our best players when he was healthy, great character too.
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This isn't Brandon Jennings... he didn't jack up a fadeaway three after dribbling for 23.5 seconds, clearly someone else...
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I'd give him a three year deal at something around the minimum BUT have him as a player coach, so can regain some salary as a coach (if that is possibly, if not a salary around 4 mil aa year is suitable) and sitting on the bench wouldn't hurt as much because he would have more room to bark at players and could just step into the game as an enforcer and to make sure younger players keep their heads.
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Erm, yeah I'd say the 0-16 start he coached last years Nets to MIGHT also be a factor in all of these rejections... He's also nowhere near the calibre coach that Thibs is anyway. His best record as a head coach is .598. Hardly awe-inspiring.
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All of this comes as a C's fan before anyone accuses me of being a LeBron homer! LeBron isn't shrinking this is such a forced narrative. Ohh he's not scoring 50 points a game, he isn't clutch he's scared of the moment etc. That is 5% of the truth, MAX. He's being defended by a great player, and Wade is being defended by a scorer who cant play D. It's natural James defers to him, as is the rest of the team. This is Wade's team, why force it for yourself when he's been there done that and is clearly making the most of his matchup. The Heat are playing fine with LeBron like this, I guarantee if they go down 3-2 next game he'll score 40 or something nuts. It's not that he can't or won't it's that at the moment there are just better options. There's only one ball, Wade is getting plays run for him this series because of his matchup, LeBron had it the previous two series. He isn't shrinking his usage is just reduced due to his matchups. I'd argue on Miami there's room for 2 25ppg scorers and Bosh at 15 (and three or four random guys with 5 or so points each). That's a huge % of the total score for three guys and anything else is unrealistic, especially in under 100point games like this series has seen. Wade is averaging 30ppg, Lebron is at 18 and so is Bosh. If Wade isn't being used so heavily (and if a couple of Bosh's points go to James) they're at 25ppg each, and nobody is complaining. Sacrificing 7ppg a game to Wade who can get them easily over Terry isn't soft etc, it's smart. I've hated LeBron his entire career, but this year after beating us I honestly think he's made a huge jump and is at the level he should be at. He single-handedly dismantled the best team in the league, nobody else in the world could have done that. And he killed it against Chicago. He's not underachieving by any means. Miami are exactly where they should be in this series, and until they NEED him to perform I don't see a problem with him playing at this level. I have no doubt when they do need it he'll be there. If not, then start the shrinking/clutch stories.
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Jeff Green trade was MUCH better. If it was Harden for Perk we'd still have Nate (who would be doing exactly the same thing as Harden, scoring) and still nobody to back Pierce up but a FA or buyout bum. At least with the Green trade we got what we needed, rather than wanted and didn't need. And we got rid of Nate too..
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Have to keep him. Training camp and a bit of work in the gym and he can be all we need. He can fill that Posey role we need, his D was great vs. MIA, his offense just wasn't there. If we keep him over Davis he can also be the offensive spark on our bench. That's not asking too much for him, it's what he did in OKC and he could easily do that here. He's progressed with every game and bar the turnovers (which can be sorted by working on his handle his summer, he's used to playing 4 so I'll give him a pass for a couple of turnovers) he's still a legit player. It's not worth matching ludicrous offer, but we should definitely try and lock him up early, he could be key next year and going past that too.
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And Ray is quiet because he's having the same thing Pierce had vs. LeBron last year, or even worse I'd say. Wade is killing him on defense, Ray can guard Kobe, but Wade is just too fast, he's continually killing him and dribbling past him at will and it's draining Ray for offense. One positive from this is that Pierce is in such better shape than last year that he can not only stick around with LeBron (who despite playing with Wade is still pretty much the same guy as last year), that he can also still contribute and be effective on offense at the same time. A lot of this is KGs fault, he just needs to shoot the ball when he catches it, or go straight into a move, rather than catch, look for a pass, one dribble sidewards away from the basket then launch a contested shot. That was frustrating. Jeff Green has been great these last two games especially, great D and energy on offense. He's still not quite where we need him but at least he's coming out now. Delonte's D on Wade last night was stifling, I hope he can keep that up and look for his own shots like he's started to recently. We can still win this. If we take it to a Game 7 hopefully LeBron still isn't there mentally (Bosh never was) and the Heat crumble and resort to being Wade-plus-others again, which we can beat.
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Pierce didn't rebel against Doc's play-calling (I'm assuming you're referring to Game 4) he was pissed because the play wasn't run! He waited for KG to come and screen him but when it got to 4 seconds he has to attack, cant hate on Pierce for that, it was KG & Rays fault for cocking the first motion of the play up.
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Cue a piano falling from the sky onto his achilles
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I think what we need to do is attempt to negate LeBron, more than we do Bosh. KG has shown that he can hurt Bosh mentally and take him out of the game, we need to do the same to LeBron. Turn this into the Miami series from last year. Wade with a poor supporting cast (including an unconfident LeBron and Bosh) can win the Heat a game, so can LeBron if he goes off for one game. The other role players, inc. Bosh can get one more win if they're lucky, and that still makes it a 4-3 Celtic win. LeBron has shown time and time again that he's quite fragile mentally, especially in the confident department, in the playoffs. We need to make his life hell on the court, and force him to give Wade the ball. Wade needs to be Miami's clear #1 option, if LeBron realises that, hopefully he'll start thinking pass first, and then its all downhill for Miami after that. Wade plays dumber basketball than LeBron, is lesser athlete, worse at driving (because he's smaller than LeBron) and takes more stupid fadeaways etc. If he's taking jumpshots, no matter how many, we'll win games. Wade can score 30 a game, if LeBron only gets 15 we'll be fine. That's the most important thing IMO. Get into LeBron's head, get him doubting himself. Bosh is already a quivering mess at times, if we stop LeBron, who is already too willing to pass at times, we've got this series. Otherwise it'l be damn tough. LeBron can win 2 games in any series by himself, we cant have him win 2, Wade 1 and Bosh 1, it's too late by then. I'm confident we can do this. 18
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Whilst this is valuable, I don't think we need an insider to break this to us. I don't know what player, especially a 400lb 39 year old player, has gone from not being able to run to giving a team dependable playoff minutes in a month. We all know he's done, but nobody wants to admit it. Shaq won't retire and we'll have the same "when's he ready" crap next year, I just hope we pick up another legit big to make sure because JO is playing well but we just cant rely on him. It would be hilarious if we sign Greg Oden or Yao next season. It's interesting to see the source states "the Celtics have planned accordingly", regarding his loss. I would be interesting to hear what that plan was, and if it was anything more than very very short run.
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We're just resting him, it's as simple as that. It works better for us right now anyway, Krstic and Murphy all get additional minutes to get them up to (Celtics) game speed extra quick, and Shaq gets to be 100% and less likely to pick up another injury when he returns. Beneficial for all...
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On offense, maybe... On D, he got worked by pretty much everyone last night.. I know Monta can go off for 40 on any given night, but random guys were scoring on Ray last night too. I was worried until I remembered he had the sore leg.
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I think its really double standard-ish of us to criticise Dudley for this. What was wrong with it? Rondo was being an ass in doing it, if a Celtic did that to one of the Suns in a reverse situation we would have said exactly the same. It's nothing to do with size either, I'm sure he (or anyone) would have done it to Nenad if he put up an asshole shot like that too. It's important to stay as fans making educated judgements and not slide into the blatent homer section of the fanbase. Sure if Rondo was hurt we could complain then, but otherwise it was a standard move for a guy being a bit of an ass, nothing more...
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Why are we even looking at Mike "bandwagon" Bibby. He can get screwed, I'm not having him jump on the Celtics for an easy win.
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Damn, the first tweet seemed positive, but the second one seems to have killed it. If the Suns really are trying to shed salary, Nate and Quis (to be bought out) and a pick is quite a good deal for them surely. Nate would be quite well fitted to their style of ball too. Dudley would be an awesome fit too. I'm going to cry when we end up with a huge scrub, or giving away someone important like Semih for a mediocre player because we've been priced out of the market otherwise.
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If we buy him out we can always pick him back up if he recovers. I don't think we're giving up on him either way, if we trade him it's probably so a team can buy him out, and we'll probably have a subtle deal with him to return next year and still pay for all his medical treatment etc, or if we buy him out probably the same thing. But yeah I don't think we're giving up on Quis, and agree he was having a great season, we just need his roster slot.
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Ah ok, my bad didn't see that. Just read he's sitting for 3 games to rest it. Probably for the best, but it's a shame we're losing him when we're going into a stretch of games with teams depleted by trades, just turns them from easy wins into slightly more difficult games which is a shame.
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Trading for bell is a bad idea. Nate is bad, but i like his chemistry with Delonte. We have Wafer as a backup 2 so dont need depth there. If it's not for Wright I dont think we should do this. I'd rather keep a known entity with Nate then risk it on Bell, who is basically too old and too short to be anything of use for us...
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If its for Dorell Wright, who would be a pretty perfect fit for our needs (but maybe too good for the Warriors to give up), I'd consider giving up Semih, otherwise I wouldnt.
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Nate for Dorell in a straight swap is a no brainer, but it's also too good to be true, not sure if they'll just take throw-in buyout guys like JO or Quis... We're going to have to include Semih, and maybe someone else too. I'd give up Luke in a flash, but Semih has more value to us. Maybe we can convince GSW that Luke is a better fit because he can shoot the 3 or something. If we get rid of JO, and pick up Murphy we're in as good a position as we thought we were at the start of the year, and are just giving up Nate to backup our thin SF position. Bradley and Delonte can split the remaining PG minutes, Wafer at 2 Wright at 3.
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