The Boston Celtics finally signed Jeff Green to a contract believed to be four years in length and worth 36 million dollars. It was a foregone conclusion that Green would sign with the Celtics. They had a handshake agreement with him since shortly after the free agent signing period began on July 1st. The two sides were so confident that a deal would be completed, Green appeared at a July press conference with other free agent signees Jason Terry, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox to discuss the excitement each player has for the upcoming season in Celtics green.
Carl Crawford's 2012 season came to an inauspicious end yesterday as the Boston Red Sox announced the left fielder will undergo Tommy John Surgery to reconstruct his left elbow. Crawford's season was already abbreviated due to injury, as he only appeared in 31 games and finished with a 282 batting average, 3 home runs and 19 runs batted in.
For Crawford, this is a second season of disappointment, after signing a contract with the Red Sox in the winter of 2010 that will earn him 142 million over seven seasons. He frustrated Red Sox fans in 2011 with subpar production, highlighted by a 255 batting average and lackadaisical play in left field which can be summed up by his fielding error in the last game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. That error allowed the winning run to score and effectively ended any chance the Red Sox had of making the postseason.
When Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh became teammates during the summer of 2010, they made a proclamation that their partnership would bring Heat fans not one or two NBA titles, but six, seven, eight or nine championships. The prevailing wisdom was that Heat management could surround the trio with perpetual NBA rotation players and the team would steamroll opponents in the regular season and playoffs to win NBA title after NBA title for the next decade.
After two seasons worth of data it is apparent the Heat's model of three stars and a dozen rotation players will not bring them a shelf full of NBA champion trophies. Their regular season performance, while excellent, was not the best in the Eastern Conference in either season. And their two playoff runs proved more difficult than they projected, with a NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and then having to battle back from deficits in their final three playoff series to win the title in 2012.
With the start of the free agent signing period on Sunday July 1, the bidding began by NBA teams to sign unrestricted and restricted free agents. Two surprising developments after the signing period began involved Omer Asik a reserve center with the Chicago Bulls receiving a three-year offer worth $25 million from the Houston Rockets and Pacers center Roy Hibbert receiving a four-year contract worth $58 million from the Portland Trailblazers.
Neither Asik nor Hibbert have proven to be dominant centers that can make a NBA team an instant championship contender. They are big men with potential, but not much in the way of track records to back up the assumption that they are worth hefty paydays. Neither player has come close to averaging 20 points or 10 rebounds per season. Asik wasn't even the starting center for the Bulls. He played behind Joakim Noah, a rebounding, shot blocking center who could run the floor. Hibbert just completed his fourth season where he averaged 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds per game and earned a trip to the All-Star game. Solid numbers for an NBA player, but not close to the numbers expected from a dominant center.
To bring Ray Allen back, or let him leave for another team, that is one of the biggest questions facing the Boston Celtics this summer. The prevailing wisdom seems to be it is in the best interest of the Boston Celtics to let Ray Allen leave for another team because they have up and coming guard Avery Bradley to replace him and Allen will be unwilling to share the shooting guard duties with Bradley for less money than is projected to be offered by other teams.