We are only a few days away from the start of the free agent frenzy on July 1st, however the C’s plans are beginning to come into focus, courtesy of Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo: Target number one? Brad Miller
The Celtics have their mid-level exception available to sign Miller, 34, who has the versatility to play the power forward and center spots for them. Several contenders are expected to pursue him, but sources say that the chance to play for the defending Eastern Conference champions has significant appeal to Miller.
Despite durability issues during his career, Miller played 82 games for the Chicago Bulls in 2009-10 and could give the Celtics a rugged persona with an inside-outside offensive game.
I wonder if Danny Ainge will be sending out Rajon Rondo for the recruitment process. In all seriousness though, the C’s interest in Miller shouldn’t come as a big surprise. With reports about the severity of Kendrick Perkins injury still uncertain, it’s a distinct possibility the C’s big man could miss a significant chunk of next season. If Boston wants to compete next year, they need someone to fill that void (along with Sheed’s) right now, and Miller could be that guy.
He’s not going to help with the team’s athleticism issues up front, (he’s slow as molasses) but he’s big, (7-0) smart, a capable defensive rebounder, and one of the best shooting big men in the league. More on the way….