According to Jessica Camerato of CSNNE, Keyon Dooling is considering coming out of retirement if the Celtics want him.
“I’m definitely considering,” Dooling told CSNNE.com Tuesday evening. “I’ve upped my exercise starting today and if Doc (Rivers) gives me the word I will be ready.”
Dooling retired in September following an emotional summer in which he battled with repressed memories of abuse. Since then, he has re-joined the Celtics as a coordinator of player development and continues to help others through the GAMETYME Foundation.
Dooling was one of the vocal and emotional leaders in the locker room last season and I think he’d help this team cope with their situation. If Boston can’t find a replacement for Rajon Rondo via a trade, Dooling would be the best option they have outside of free agency. He was under Rivers’ tutelage last season, and since he’s still part of the organization he most likely knows the plays the offense runs.
While Keyon Dooling is up there in age, he’s had five months to rest and maybe give it one last run. If there is someone who is qualified to take Rondo’s place for half a season, it would be Dooling. He may not produce a lot of points, but where the Celtics stand as of right now, they just need a leader on the court who can run the offense, take the press off the younger guards, and lift the team emotionally. If Boston feels that they can continue on without making a trade, signing Dooling would be safe route to go.