According to Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe, the Celtics have had “preliminary discussions” about bringing back Eddie House for another run at a title. In an offseason which has seen the Celtics retain a back-up point guard, draft combo guard, and lose a primary back-up wing, this news leaves me a little nonplussed.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Eddie House and he was an integral part of putting up the Celtics 17th Championship Banner. But, as Benbow points out in his article, there was a reason the Celtics traded him away for Nate Robinson last year: House shot 38% from the floor last season r (second worst of his career).
Bringing House back doesn’t just present a potential playing time issue. House also occupies what could be a very valuable roster spot. As it stands now, the Celtics depth chart is as follows:
Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley
Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels
Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, Luke Harangody*
Kendrick Perkins, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden
*Assuming the Celtics sign Harangody
The Celtics appear painfully thin at the wing, however that perception could be easily changed given the Celtics’ evaluation of Avery Bradley’s game. Given his height (6’3″ on a good day) I can only assume Bradley is going to play point guard in the NBA. Still, given his supposed prowess on the defensive end, he may end up being the Celtics back-up wing/ defensive stopper.
Even with that possibility, the Celtics do not really need Eddie House. Just like they probably don’t really need Luke Harangody, Semih Erden, or Shaquille O’Neal.
What do you all think? Anyone want Eddie House back? At the expense of defense, a roster spot, roster flexibility, and the chance that could be given to a young player?
Unfortunately, I do not think I do.
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