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Boston Celtic options: Shaq or Kwame. Maybe choose door No. 3.

Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for shaq.jpgBoston wants one more center, one more big man on the roster.

The two best out there: Shaquille O’Neal and Kwame Brown. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN the Celtics are looking at those options.

The problem? The Celtics only have minimum money left. Sources say they’re having trouble getting Brown to accept those wages, so you can imagine where Shaq stands on the idea.

Um, that’s not the only problem, but it’s one of them. Boston can only offer $1.3 million to either of them, the veteran minimum.

On the court, it’s not even close, Shaq is still the better player by a long shot. He can defend big bodies, he still shoots well (56 percent last year) and stays within himself. He had a PER of 17.9.

But off the court, Shaq brings the circus to the Celtics locker room. It’s a lot of media and Shaq vs. and him hanging with Justin Bieber and Shaq the Boston cop and so on. The Celtics are a veteran locker room, they can withstand it. But should the front office force them to? Plus, he is really less likely to sign for the minimum.

Brown likely will sign for the minimum. He’d like to get more, but he may not have a choice. But on the court he is a terrible fit. He has terrible hands, and while his man-to-man defense can be good his defensive rotations are a disaster. The defensive rotations are a key to what goes on in Boston.

If I were the Celtics, I would be looking for door No. 3.

  1. Tall Guy - Jul 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Get Shaq for 2 more years and trade him next season.

  2. bogmon - Jul 31, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Get Lou Amundson…he’s available…cheap…and he does all the hustlin’ and clean-up work that they need out of a big man.

  3. vigi - Jul 31, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Amundson’s not cheap. Why would he take the minimum?

  4. Tugboat - Jul 31, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Joe Smith is still out there. Still capable, and probably happy to play for the minimum. Doesn’t have the size of Shaq or Brown, but he’d be the third C (or PF) once Perkins returns so it’s not a huge issue.

  5. i_love_rondo - Aug 1, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    Oh my. I agree that Shaq would less likely sign. What’s behind door no. 3? Danny, make it happen!

  6. Ted - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Josh Boone would be a good fit. Defends, rebounds at a high rate, plays hard, won’t need a lot of minutes once February rolls around.

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