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Brad Miller part of the Celtics' plan to retool on the fly

Jun 28, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

The Celtics are flagged to make a substantial drop-off next season, and if they’re to remain competitive in an Eastern Conference that seems to be consolidating talent (LeBron and Bosh to the Bulls? Wade and Amar’e to the Heat?), Boston will have to make some pretty significant moves. That’s tough given their cap situation, but adding Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody — two players capable of stepping into the NBA as immediate contributors — in the draft is a nice start.

Apparently another step in the plan is to court unrestricted free agent Brad Miller. From Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Boston Celtics have targeted center Brad Miller to sign in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Miller and guard Ray Allen are expected to be the Celtics’ two top priorities in summer free agency following the retirement of Rasheed Wallace and a knee injury to Kendrick Perkins.

The Celtics have their mid-level exception available to sign Miller, 34, who has the versatility to play the power forward and center spots for them. Several contenders are expected to pursue him, but sources say that the chance to play for the defending Eastern Conference champions has significant appeal to Miller. The departure of Wallace clears $13 million off Boston’s books over the next two seasons and leaves Boston with a gaping hole on its backline. Perkins suffered a torn MCL and PCL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and faces a lengthy rehabilitation process.

I for one, hope this works out. Even if Boston would be foolish to use up too much of their mid-level on Miller, the opportunity to watch KG bark at Brad after another slow rotation would be priceless. I understand that the Celtics are looking for someone to fill minutes in the middle, but Miller? An odd fit at best.

  1. Blame the refs Celtic chump - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Miller is a thug, which makes him ideal for the Celtics. Some Celtic fans will love this guy; after all, these chumps and Miller think the NBA is fixed and that the refs are against them, except when they win. Boston Celtic fans repeat after me: wee-wee, wee-wee, wee-wee! In all fairness, not all Celtic fans used the refs as excuses for losing the way they did: letting a game 7, 2nd half lead evaporate! Except for Rondo, the Celtics are has beens that played great but not great enough. Like the Red Sox, they won a championship, and are now back to second place, which is a lot better than a lot of other teams come the end of a season. At least the Celtics did not CHOKE the way the Bruins and those “mighty” (ha) undefeated Patriots did. The Bruins are the biggest losers since the Yankees lost a 3-0 lead in the playoffs.

  2. Painter - Jun 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    The fact that these “has beens” fought a great 5 on 8 battle, they only missed another championship by 4 points. If that makes them a weak team, what does it say about every other team in the NBA? A little reality goes a long way, but for some haters, it’s never enough.

  3. Chris Simoneau - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    hey, blame the refs, take it slow, guy. 1st off, the red sox won 2 titles from 04-07. The Celtics, yes, they may have lost game 7, and a few fans may be complaining about refs, but how many Laker fans have you heard cry about “we didnt have Bynum in 08”? Nonstop. That is all i ever hear. Well guess what? Too bad. We didnt have a healthy McHale in 87, yet you never hear any old time celtics fans mention that. The refs were shady in the playoffs, but the only reason Boston lost was because they missed too many shots in the 4th qtr. Plain and simple, and if you were actually around this area instead of chat rooms with 10 year olds, you would know that most of us true fans know they lost because they missed the shots, and the lakers didnt. get a clue.

  4. It looked fixed - Jun 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    It really looked like refs had money on the game – seriously. Watch the 4th quarter, take it as food for thought. It certainly looks that way. I’m proposing this as a legit observation point, not as a whine. I hate to see the NBA go pro boxing on us.

  5. R.P. - Jun 28, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    @ you knuckleheads who cant stay on topic… You slay me! We are talking about free agency not refs and why or why not the Celtics lost to the Lakers.

  6. Steve in LA - Jun 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Chris, you got it 1000% percent right. I confirm that many Laker fans here moaned and groaned endlessly about not having Bynum. (Let’s see…Lakers don’t have Bynum, lose by 39 points; Celts don’t have Perkins, lose by 4. Hmmmm.) But what’s even worse now (for Green fans) is is having to listen to all the adulation Artest is getting here. He’s recorded a “rap” number, just like that moron O’Neil did. OK, I gloated a little (or maybe a lot) after Boston won two years ago, and now I’m getting it back in spades.
    You’re also right about why the Celtics lost game seven…they couldn’t find the basket, plain and simple. I wish the Celtics had pulled it out, but what can you say? They got cold when they had to be hot — end of story.

  7. Drew - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    I don’t understand this move. Miller is not young (when the Celtics need youth), he’s not a particularly stout defender (which is the Celtics calling card), and isn’t a particularly viable scoring option (which they need). I think they could use a young, energetic shot blocker.

  8. celtics1974 - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    You were probably one of those bright people that said the Celtics were old and didnt have a chance prior to them taking out Lebron, Howard and Wade. Just keeep trying to catch the magic 18

  9. Celtics1974 - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Obviuosly we are going for Miller to come off the bench genius. You should now you need a bench to win it all.. well maybe you and you still hug Lebron nuts for having the best regular season record.

  10. milt - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Luffy shut the heck up. first of all it takes a team effort to win a championship. Artest wasn’t the only Laker that contributed to their win. Kobe hit shots when he needed to in the fourth quarter. Paul Gasol had a good game in the fourth and d-fisher deliverd to. and why would anyone be jealous of pepole who do great on the court, but have a jacked up personal life. The celtics did every thing they could to try to win that game 7 and notice this luffy, that was the first game 7 that the lakers have ever won against the celtis in a series you fool. Both of these teams have great traditions of championships and players. there are no excuses when you lose or win a game only the end result of a win or loss. brad miller might make a difference and he might not. or maybe the sting from this loss will just ignite a fire under the celtics that will burn up all of the nba. But even if not we just got finished watching another part of history being made in the celtics/laker rivalry and ridiculous comments like it was the refs or accusations of people being jealous of the players involved should be put away so history can be enjoyed by true fans of the game. Luffy LA won’t always be champions just like in every sport there are teams that rise and fall.

  11. milt - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Oh and Luffy surley you can come up with something more intelligent than writing FU on a comment web site. espcially if you are going to represent LA. Showing creatives writing skills might get you and LA the respect you both think you deserve.

  12. Bert - Jun 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I would rather lose the championship than win one with Artest. This future inmate doesn’t belong in the NBA.

  13. Akitalove - Jun 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    I am so sick and tired of the Lakers team and its fans. By next season most of America is going to move on and forget you even won a title. You Laker fans can have foul mouths and are very much egotistic jerks. If you guys were so important, than why has your 15 minutes of fame already expired with all of the Lebron James talk. More people in this world know more about Lebron James than they know about Kobe Bryant. So shut up Laker fans, you are not the center of the universe.

  14. mewoyou - Jun 30, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    They couldn’t find the basket because they were exhausted…out-runned, the Lakers defense was so tight the entire 2nd half that by the time the celtics even realized the lakers were riding some serious momentum…they were to tired and fatigued to fight back, paul pierce had white film around his lips…which is the first sign of dehydration…they were exhausted! a team like the celtics with KG, Pierce, Allen, Rondo…Wallace, do not just miss the basket for the hell of it, especially a game seven in the finals when you were up 13 points! the lakers strangled them

  15. Mike80 - Jul 5, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    It’s not 18 but 17.
    And here it comes…HAHAHAHAHA…..
    By the way you only have 4 REAL NBA TROPHIES.
    Dark basketball age Brown Trophies, with 4-8 teams playing for bus tickets…
    Are you kidding me?????

  16. jay - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    well, peep this. If the celtics r OLD enough to make the playoffs again in 2010-2011 season, they will have as good a chanch as any to win the title, especially when experience is on ourside. you talk as if there legss will give out at an exact date ( playoffs ). on the contrary, thats when the thought of winning the title rejuvenates, motivates and experience makes them equal on the court.

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