The news is still coming fast and furious today on the fourth day of free agency, as we inch closer to the start of the regular season. Many moves are still to be made by the C’s and other teams at this juncture, but here’s a roundup for today, while the Clippers could be on the verge of landing CP3 for quite the package.
We will begin with Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald who confirms, what we guessed yesterday about the proposed David West deal. A lack of a landing spot, combined with money were the main issues.
The Celts fell out of the David West running when the New Orleans Hornets couldn’t find a place to send Jermaine O’Neal (Lamar Odom going from the Los Angeles Kings to the Dallas Mavericks got in the way). New Orleans was looking for a another trade partner, but the Indiana Pacers stepped in with a two-year, $20?million deal for West, who received much more annually than the C’s were offering.
Besides, the Hornets have a bigger issue on their plate in the form of Chris Paul. New Orleans was reportedly looking to the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday for a deal, but the Celts could still get back in the running for the guard according to two sources.
Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston gets us up to speed on the C’s latest depth signing in Sasha Pavlovic. You could certainly do worse with the veteran’s minimum at the end of the bench, and given Sasha gaining some familiarity with Doc’s system at the end of last year, the deal makes sense. No word yet if he’s expected in uniform today Here’s more from Forsberg:
The ninth-year swingman joined the Celtics in early March and stayed on the roster for the remainder of the season (though he did not appear in the playoffs). In 17 regular-season games, he scored 31 total points in 149 minutes of action (19 of which came in the finale against the New York Knicks when he connected on four 3-pointers).
Finally, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting the C’s are interested in Reggie Evans still in lieu of the West deal falling through. They are competing with Portland, New Jersey, and Toronto, but according to Spears “nothing is close.”
More on the way today…