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Report: Celtics to sign Jason Collins, bench no longer complete disaster

Jul 22, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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ESPN Boston reports that the Celtics are set to sign free agent center Jason Collins to a veteran-minimum deal.

The 33-year-old Collins appeared in just 30 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks. Billed as the “Dwight Stopper,” Collins isn’t an elite defender but among veteran centers, he’s nothing to sneeze at. He’s able to maintain position and body even players of Howard’s size and while he brings nothing to the table offensively, he’s still a significant upgrade for the Celtics at center.

If Fab Melo proves unready for the NBA game, which is more than a small probability at this point, it allows the Celtics to send him for seasoning in the D-League without having to play Kevin Garnett exclusively at center. It’s not going to make a huge difference, but with Greg Stiemsma signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, this helps with Boston keeping a stable bench rotation and gives them someone in case Dwight Howard crosses their paths in the playoffs for some reason.

The Celtics’ bench was a major issue last year but looks to be much improved next season, not just with Melo and Jared Sullinger, but Jason Terry (despite the loss of Ray Allen), Brandon Bass returning, and Jeff Green coming back. A front-heavy team has a better reserve system. One more run for the old guys.

  1. passerby23 - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    How long have PBT’s writers been saying “one more run” about the Celtics? Garnett and Pierce are around for two years at least, as is Terry, while they just added younger, developing players. They still might be able to swing something at the trade deadline with their biannual exception. They might have two runs left in them.

  2. giselleisasucubus - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    The old guys? You mean Pierce and Garnett? Yes, Terry is 34 also, but this team is actually loaded with guys in their prime years(Rondo, Green, Bass, Lee) and youth (Bradley, Sullinger) that will be major contributors. Pierce will go off and have his games on offense, as will Garnett, but this team is going to have serious scoring balance next year, and with this addition of Collins, the defense is actually going to be considerably better. I know Miami improved, but Boston looks scary good because they have such great balance throughout the roster. The “old” label can be removed now, it’s gotten…old.

  3. knightrider1755 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Wow, Jason Collins is still playing?

    • bobulated - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Collins was actually pretty serviceable as a 3rd string C for the Hawks last year, especially after all the injuries they had at C forced some minutes on him; he’s a big body that’s going to put back the occasional garbage basket, pull down a few rebounds and get in peoples way more than play lock down D.

  4. liljere24 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Game 7 of the ECF and there bench was a disaster?

  5. pittguy69 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    As long as the Heat stay healthy the Celtics don’t have a chance

    • dls612 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      I agree! Cause the term ( pick your poison ) is just that ! Teams are in panic mode because after what they witnessed in the finals. Miami is loaded shooters that will open up those lanes for bron and wade! Scary huh!

  6. miamatt - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Very solid offseason for the Celtics continues. I’ve thought for a few years now that they needed to start over and build with youth around Rondo, but their core is so relentless and determined that they cannot be discounted.

    If they get anything at all from Jeff Green, and avoid major injury to Rondo, Garnett, or Pierce, they’ll have a chance. The C’s keep getting back up like Jason Voorhees.

  7. dysraw1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    they did a good job drafting brought in some good players with Rondo at the helm they are kinda scary.

  8. doctorfootball - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Celtics will be a good team, but they won’t challenge the Heat this season. They just don’t have enough talent. The Knicks might even be better than the Celtics this year.

    • therealhtj - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Well yeah, except for that Knicks part.

  9. andyhr17 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Yeah, with a fat point guard like Raymond Felton leading the way, Knicks surely will be in the ECF!!

    If you really think the Knicks are at a level to compete for the championship, you truly are a Knicks fan: Delusional to the end.

    • longtallsam - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Felton is the weakness in Knicks lineup. Unless Anthony suddenly decides to play defense, and stops standing around dribbling the ball on offense, they won’t be better than the Celtics. Give the ball up, Anthony…you aren’t a point guard, so quit thinking the ball needs to be in your hands all the time.

  10. aboogy123456 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    The Celtics probably have the best bench in the league after this offseason, which is good so they can rest garnett and pierce a lot throughout the season.

    • naterich21 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      I’d say the Nuggets do, they have Lawson, Gallinari, McGee and then 7 guys who are about the same. They come at you in waves

  11. fanz928 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    This guy is called the Dwight flopper nowhere near stopping Dwight

  12. gatordontplay - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Quiet frankly when you add Jason Collins who is a straight up baller to the big 3 and a deep bench that the celtics management has put together. It’s been a fabulous job done by a 1st class organization. You have a championship team quite frankly and you heard here first by your own Stephen a smith

  13. misterdreamer119 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    3 weaknesses Cs had last year. Reboundind, thin bench/injuries and bench scoring.
    All 3 are vastly improved.they will play hella good D. Pierce will be healrhy and in shape. Rondo will shoot better and improve. Watch out bany!

  14. Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Bench is actually even deeper than what you said there – one of Avery Bradley or Courtney Lee will be coming off the bench too.

    • badintent - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Yeah, the bench gonna play big minutes, cause the starters are too old , too injury prone and have no class at all. Can’t wait to see both the Knicks and Heat bury them in the first road games.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        Then you’re going to be waiting quite some time, because the Knicks don’t have anything on the Celtics. The Celtics were better than the Knicks last year and took the Heat down to the wire. The Knicks got taken to the woodshed by those same Heat. This offseason, the Celtics have added Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger. The Knicks have added two guys pushing 40 and one dude pushing 240. Yeah, I’m sure the Knicks are going to be all over Boston. Riiiiiiiight.

      • lighthouse911 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        Are you a delusional Knicks fan? Or are you just a blind-bandwagoning Heat fan? Either way… doesn’t really affect me. Small and hateful words always appear before the hurtful truth, so speak while you can.

  15. eagleshawksbraves - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Wow, as a hawks fan, celtic fans really seem happy to be getting a hawks player who was lucky to get in games… Only do to injuries. Lol

    • andyhr17 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Celtics signed him to be the third center. He’ll see less of the court than Steimsma did last year. An upgrade is an upgrade, though.

    • lighthouse911 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      Wow, as a celtics fan, hawk fans seem pretty happy after getting defeated by a team that is happy for getting the hawk’s player that was lucky to get minutes due to injuries. Lol

  16. liljere24 - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Celtics are pretty loaded with talent, good balance of youth and Vets. They are built to beat Miami or at least give them a run for their money.

  17. giselleisasucubus - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Why can I see my comment from 2:57 on the computer I posted it on yet it doesn’t appear on anything else? What is up w/this site?

  18. naterich21 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Wow, I think the Celtics third stringers are officially better than last years Bobcats

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