Well, it looks like we are going to have a tough time rooting vehemently against everyone in Miami next year, upon the revelation Eddie House will be signing with The Heat, according to the twitter of Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is reportedly 2 years for 2.8 million dollars total, but don’t let those numbers fool you, it’s strictly a 2 year deal at the veteran’s minimum.
A multi-year offer for the 32 year old sharpshooter was likely the best Eddie was going to do in this market, especially coming off of a poor shooting season last year.
The C’s reportedly had been in contact with House’s agent this offseason, but with the re-signing of Nate Robinson, there appeared to be have been no real spot for House in the C’s rotation next year anyway, as we noted here at CelticsHub earlier this week.
For the Heat, this is another solid veteran bench get, a guy with real playoff chops (59 games) and who as recently as 2008-09, shot 48 percent from downtown in 2 playoff series, helping keep a shorthanded C’s team competitive.
I’m not sure how much Eddie has left in the tank after things went sour last year, but he will certainly get plenty of open looks on that Heat squad from beyond the arc, let’s just hope he isn’t hitting them against the Green team. The guy is a class act though, so good for him getting the security of a 2 year deal at this point in his career.
There’s also some updating to be done on the Rudy Fernandez trade rumor front. Jason Quick of The Oregonian, who has been all over this potential deal from the beginning is reporting trade talks have been put on hold until Sunday when Fernandez’s agent is planning on new Blazers GM Rich Cho and Head Coach Nate McMillian.
Meanwhile, another Portland newspaper The Colombian is reporting that the team may be in no rush to move Fernandez at all:
Portland will not hesitate to trade him in either a one-for-one or package deal if a promising proposal is made, the Blazers are also going through the process with the knowledge that Fernandez could be on the roster for the foreseeable future as the team explores a multitude of options.
This is a tough situation for new Blazers GM Rich Cho. You’ve got a solid young player, under your control for the next two seasons at least, who wants out of town.
He’s probably worth more than a late 1st round pick, likely the most you’ll be getting out of any offer right now from either Chicago or Boston. New York, another trade candidate is out of the mix now as well since the earliest 1st round pick they can trade is for 2014.
So what do you do if you’re Cho? Wait it out, hoping the Bulls and Celtics sweeten the pot by offering cash/more picks?
Hold onto Fernandez, and hope he and McMillan find a way to bury the hatchet, even though there is a glut of talented young wingman on the Portland roster?
There is no right answer right now, so the easy solution is to wait. The offseason is still relatively young, making it look wise for Cho to hold his cards patiently on trade offers, with the hope one team ups the ante in regards to Fernandez. Let’s hope that team is the C’s.
A couple other minor house keeping items, thanks to our buddy Chris Forsberg at ESPNBoston.com who reports C’s 2nd Round draft pick Luke Harangody should be flying into town today to join the team, with a contract signing expected in his near future. No surprise for the youngster, who excelled enough in Summer League to be rated the 4th best performer overall by ESPN’s David Thorpe.
Forsberg also had Ann Arbor News reporting Michigan 6-8 forward DeShawn Sims being invited to C’s training camp in October. He performed well in limited action in Orlando this month during summer league and likely will vie for a depth wing spot with Tony Gaffney.
And just in case you missed it, Rajon Rondo made it past the final first round of cuts for Team USA at the World Championships next month in Turkey. No real surprise there. O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace, Javale McGee, and Tyreke Evans were given an extended summer vacation.