Rivers: “We have to improve our team”
|05.19.09 at 11:54 am ET|
Last summer the biggest question was simple: Will the Celtics re-sign James Posey? This summer, more than a third of the team could be affected by free agency.
On Tuesday, Doc Rivers discussed the future of the Celtics bench WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan.” With the exception of Glen Davis, who replaced Kevin Garnett in the starting lineup, all of the Celtics free agents are reserves.
“Just think this year if Kevin was healthy and Leon was healthy, that makes our bench 10 deep. … Those two guys being out really shortened our bench,” Rivers said. “But we have to improve our team. There’s no doubt about that. We don’t have to make any changes, but definitely have to make some additions.”
The Celtics will have to decide the futures of Davis, Leon Powe, Eddie House, Stephon Marbury, Mikki Moore, and Gabe Pruitt in the offseason. Davis (restricted) and Marbury (unrestricted) are poised to make the most money of the group. So who is more likely to return to Boston?
“Baby, it will probably come down to what he can get on the open market,” said Rivers. “With Steph, it will probably come down to what we can get on the open market.”
The ironic part is none of the Celtics free agents play the role the Celtics are most looking to fill. They still have not figured out how to account for the loss of Posey.
“Number one, the one spot no one talked about all year, was the small forward spot,” Rivers said. “We need a small forward who can defend, who can make shots and give Paul (Pierce) a blow. I thought Paul, all year, had to guard the best guys all game. Whenever we took him out, we went small.
“We put Ray Allen in at small forward, which is a tough matchup. You could see it in the Orlando series. You were almost scared to take Paul off the floor because when you did, Ray Allen was now guarding the Terkoglus or the Rashard Lewises of the world. They went straight to the post, just like every other team did.”