After a short hiatus, we’re firing up the generators here at CH HQ and getting ready for the 2012-13 season. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking at the questions surrounding the C’s, making some predictions and having a look around the entire league to suss out Boston’s competition for the 2013 NBA Title.
We’ve had a few tricklings of news the last few days. Per Sam Amick at SI, the Celtics have invited forward Rob Kurz to camp on a non-guaranteed deal. Kurz, 27, played four years at Notre Dame before spending the last five years bouncing around the planet, with notable stops in Spain, Germany, France and Golden State. Most recently, he played with the Sacramento Kings’ summer league team. Kurz may just be training camp fodder and a sign of Boston’s relative lack of depth at the forward spot but he can also shoot the three-ball (39.5% in 2008-09 with the Warriors).
Kenyon Martin remains unemployed and previous reports have suggested the Celtics may have interest in the rough and tumble veteran, particularly if he’s willing to sign for the minimum. Martin played 22 games for the Clippers last season after wintering in China during the lockout. At that price, he’s low risk but also of diminishing returns with his 35th birthday looming in December and a 9.93 PER from his time in L.A. Consider him potential big man insurance and a tough-minded guy in the locker room. It’s probably too much to hope for anything more.
Speaking of which, everyone is hoping for more from Jeff Green, including Jeff Green. Favored CelticsHub linkee Chris Forsberg caught up with him earlier today in Dorchester and got this tip on the expected evolutions in his game:
“Just probably being more assertive, more aggressive in certain situations,” Green said of changes he’d like to make in his approach. “That’s about it. My game pretty much speaks for itself — a guy who can play multiple positions… attack in different situations. My game is what it is; I just have to improve on different things. Just show it out there on the court.”
That includes a renewed focus on rebounding, one of the weaker aspects of his all-around game.
“[Rebound is about] being aggressive towards the ball,” said Green. “It’s a hard thing, but you just have to go out there and want to do it.”
There’s been a lot of criticism of the deal Danny Ainge lavished on Green this summer and with a series of marginal years on his resume, Green seems aware of the need to prove doubters wrong. Is he just an overpaid bench tweener or a guy who is finally healthy enough and comfortable enough to produce in line with a $36M contract.
Only a couple more weeks before we’ll start to find out.