Danny Ainge sure was serious about wanting to bring back most of the gang together for next season. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, was first to report this afternoon (with Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston confirming) that the forward/center will return to Boston this season.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) July 13, 2012
CH Analysis: Wilcox was released after 28 games played last year due to his heart ailment and is currently rehabbing and starting to resume basketball activities after undergoing surgery. Make no mistake though, this move is probably the best the C’s could do again this year in filling the front line with capable contributors with the limited resources they have.
Unless Wilcox signed for the bi-annual exception at just over two million dollars, (terms have not been released,) it’s probable Chris signed for the veteran’s minimum which is a steal considering the big man is coming off a season-high in FG percentage at 59.8 percent.
Perhaps even more importantly, Wilcox is an above-average rebounder on both ends of the floor, an area that has been well-documented as a weakness in this team. With Greg Stiemsma likely headed to Minnesota, Wilcox will have plenty of opportunities as one of the first big men off the bench for Boston, and potentially as a starter if Doc Rivers decides to slide Kevin Garnett back to power forward at all this year, which remains to be seen.
Either way, Wilcox will get plenty of opportunities to build up his value and prove himself as healthy yet again before heading into free agency next year, while the Celtics get a experienced big man at a below-market rate. Wilcox had a slow start last season, but really was coming on strong in February before he was sidelined with the heart condition, as he built up a nice connection with Rajon Rondo on the offensive end. I was hopeful Danny Ainge will be able to bring back to former Terrapin at short money and that appears to be the case. Next season may perhaps be the year Wilcox sees the postseason for the first time as well after a nine-year draught.
Here’s a quick look at what the C’s depth chart looks like as of now:
PG: Rondo, Moore, (if not traded/cut), OPEN (likely Keyon Dooling)
SG: Bradley, Terry, OPEN (candidates: Lee, Raja Bell, Pietrus)
SF: Pierce, Green, Kris Joseph (unguaranteed)
PF: Bass, Sullinger, Johnson
C: Garnett, Wilcox, Melo
Barring a trade, the chance Sean Williams had of making this roster just took a big-time hit with the Wilcox signing.
In other news, Chris also follows CelticsHub on Twitter and re-tweeted our welcome back to him, another sign the big man is a cool cat. Here’s hoping he continues to make a speedy recovery from his heart ailment.
Great news that the Celtics are reportedly bringing back
@ChrisWilcox44 He will be a big help again on the front line this year.