Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, who came out with a report on Brandon Bass earlier this week, joined Adam Jones on 98.5 The Sports Hub last night in Boston to discuss what Danny Ainge’s plan may be at the deadline and particularly in free agency down the road, as the Celtics could take on another contract this deadline, as long as it expires at the right time.
While the draft picks are key to Danny Ainge’s rebuilding process, so is freeing up cap space. Deveney said Ainge may be open to taking on a bad contact, as long as the money comes off the books before the summer of 2015, when big names like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love are set to hit the free agent market.
“For them, it’s more about length than it is size. They don’t want anything that goes after 2015; they’re very focused on that 2015 free agent class. There should be some good players, and that’s when they’d have to re-up with Rondo should both sides choose to do that,” said Deveney. “That summer is when they expect to complete this turnaround and sign a big free agent, keep Rondo and with whoever they get in the draft this year, they should be in pretty good position to put those pieces together in the summer of 2015.”
Additionally, I joined Johnston and Flynn on 98.5 The Sports Hub earlier this week, where I broke down the recent play of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, as well as which players were most likely to be dealt in the coming days. You can listen to the full podcast or download the mp3 below.