The Bulls have signed Brian Scalabrine to a non-guaranteed deal, according to Yahoo! and a number of other sources.
The news is irrelevant in basketball terms, but you can expect a segment of Celtics fans to use phrases like “end of an era” and “a sad day for the franchise” in reacting to it. And the era, in theory, isn’t really any more “over” tonight than it was yesterday. This is a make-good contract with the Bulls—a training camp invite—and Scal could be back on the market in a month. Also: Shamsports lists the deals for both Von Wafer and Delonte West as only partially guaranteed, meaning the C’s could open up a roster spot without eating the full value of either contract.
But if this is good-bye, we can say this: Brian Scalabrine’s legacy is more interesting than that of your average 12th man. He’ll be remembered for:
• parlaying a season in which averaged 6.3 points per game into a 5-year (!), $15 million contract with the Celtics;
• inspiring all sorts of fun T-shirts;
• an amazing post-concussion head band;
• spurring uncomfortable discussions about whether Boston fans still need a white player—any white player—to cheer for;
• filling in admirably during the 2009 playoffs after KG’s season-ending injury—and after suffering multiple concussions during the regular season;
• inspiring hate mail to Tom Haberstroh after Haberstroh named Scal one of the five worst rotation players in Celtics history in a piece for ESPN.com;
• becoming the most strangely loved Boston athlete since….?