In their trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the Boston Celtics didn’t acquire too much talent in return. They received plenty of value in the form of draft picks, but also had to take on some pricey veterans to make the numbers work. Although they could play a role on another team, Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace don’t figure to be in Boston’s long-term plans. The one somewhat intriguing player Boston got in this deal is MarShon Brooks. He’s certainly very raw, and everyone knew this when he was drafted out of Providence a few years ago. Maybe raw is a generous way of putting it, as we’ve still yet to see him try to play any sort of defense.
When former Boston College star and NBA veteran Dana Barros addressed the crowd at an NBA Cares Hoops for Troops event at a submarine base in New London, Conn., on Saturday, that was his message. “We talked about fitness, we talked about dedication to things you enjoy doing,” the former Celtics guard and current C’s community relations department member said by phone. “We told them no matter what you do, even if it’s not a sport, dedication is important.”
One of the questions I’ve often heard from fans after the departure of Pierce and Garnett is whether Boston will be able to attract free agents again. The banners hanging in the rafters only go so far. Ultimately, the Celtics have to put together a young team that 1) Shows a potential to compete for another crown and 2) Have the available assets (cap space, exceptions) to sign the sort of players that can aid that quest. The Celtics were in no position — with limited roster space and cap room — to chase free agents this offseason and used portions of the midlevel exception to add a pair of low-cost additions at positions of need in Brazilian center Vitor Faverani and undrafted point guard Phil Pressey.