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Roster Update: Fourteen Spots Filled, Mammoth Tax Bill Coming

UPDATE: The Herald is reporting that Davis will sign a two-year deal worth $6.3 million, apparently without a team option for a third  year—thereby allowing Baby to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season. That’s a fair deal for both sides, and a good signing from Ainge, who gauged the NBA landscape correctly and got Davis for less than some anticipated. 

If the C’s indeed sign Big Baby to a deal worth between $2 and $3 million per season, that gives the C’s 14 players guaranteed money for 2009-2010.

The starting five: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins

Nine off the bench: Eddie House, Brian Scalabrine, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, Marquis Daniels, Shelden Williams, Tony Allen

Let’s talk money first. The total salary bill for those players, with data from ShamSports and assuming a salary of $2.5 million for Davis and the $1.9 million bi-annual exception for Daniels: $83,929,641.

Next year’s luxury tax line: $69.9 million

Total luxury tax bill for Boston: $14,029,641 * 2 = $28,059,282

So the C’s payroll plus luxury tax comes to this: $97,059,282***

Yowza. That is a lot of money for a collection of basketball players. 

Onto the basketball roster issues. This collection of players leaves exactly one roster spot open, presumably for Lester Hudson or another back-up point guard. Unless the C’s lose a player in a Daniels sign-and-trade, my bet is that Hudson will be waived in favor of a veteran back-up PG. The unexpected signing of Williams has me guessing the C’s anticipate dealing for Daniels instead of signing him outright. Most teams are not going to carry the maximum 15 active players in order to save money and preserve financial flexibility. So Hudson may be out regardless of how Daniels finally comes to Boston. 

In any case, this is essentially the roster. On paper, this is a far better team than last year’s team. Leon Powe, Glen Davis and Mikki Moore have morphed into Rasheed Wallace, Shelden Williams and a Glen Davis returned to his proper role as a reserve. Williams is here to  try and do what Moore couldn’t–set screens, bump into Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat, Andy Varejao, Gasol/Bynum and Shaq, and try (and likely fail) to defend the screen/roll. 

And the 6’6” Daniels, of course, will be asked to do what Tony Allen couldn’t: Fill in reliably for Pierce and, at times, Ray Allen—and perhaps even handle the spot back-up PG duty that previously went to the now-unwanted vasoline-eating Stephon Marbury. 

Give the front office credit: They have done everything possible to assemble a championship-level team. Now it’s up to the coaches, players and the Medical Gods who control Kevin Garnett’s right knee.

**Note/Correction: An earlier version of this post accidentally added an extra $14 million to this figure; we corrected it within 15 or 20 minutes. We apologize for the mistake. 

  • Cullen

    The starting five: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins

    Nine off the bench: Eddie House, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, Marquis Daniels, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Leon Powe……..I wish.

  • Jason

    Tax bill is only $14 M.

  • Cullen

    O, and Bruce Bowen

  • Alex Krone

    I think it goes without saying that Scalabrine is on the way out (probably in the Marquis Daniels deal). I also would like to see Tony Allen sent out as well. I would hope that this would clear room for the C's to bring on Anthony Carter and Bruce Bowen. It is crucial that Pierce has a backup defensive specialist to spell him in defending against Bryant, Lebron (and even Vince). I think that Bowen could be the missing piece. If we had these players, our first and second team would look as such:

    1st 2nd

    C Perkins C Wallace

    PF Garnett PF Glen Davis

    SF Pierce SF Bowen

    SG Allen SG Daniels

    PG Rondo PG Carter

    This would then leave us with Giddens, Walker, House and Shelden to insert based on need. Thoughts?

  • b funk

    i don't think it's going to shake out this way. there is no way the celtics would be waiting this long to sign daniels unless they were holding out for a sign and trade.

    there will be a deal with the pacers involving some combo of scal, allen, giddens, and walker–there is no way both giddens and walker are staying; ainge already stated this.

    plus, it makes zero sense for the celts to keep daniels AND allen. they both do the same things except allen plays much better defense and turns the ball over more.

    i think they will sign hudson and probably a vet SF for the minimum.

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