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2012-13 Celtics free agent options at small forward
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On June 28, 2012 @ 11:48 am In General | 54 Comments
Two-thirds of the Celtics  roster that came within a game of reaching a third NBA finals  in five years joins NBA free agency on July 1. Anyone from Kevin Garnett  to Keyon Dooling  can leave Boston on July 11 once the league’s audit determines the salary cap (an estimated $58 million). We’re examining the C’s free agent options at each position. Now starting: Small forwards (Also see: Centers , shooting guards  and power forwards ).
Believe it or not, Paul Pierce ‘s ailing foot and Jeff Green ‘s season-ending heart problem meant the Celtics began last season with Sasha Pavlovic  as the starting three and Marquis Daniels  as his backup. Of course, Pierce returned, and the signing of Mickael Pietrus  helped solidify the position in Green’s absence. The C’s first order of business after convincing Garnett to return should be re-signing Green. Pietrus seems intent on coming back, but Pavlovic and Daniels will likely be shown the door, so the they may still need one more player for depth.
The Celtics have four players under guaranteed contracts in 2012-13 for a combined $34.5 million (Pierce, $16.8M; Rajon Rondo , $11.0M; Avery Bradley , $1.6M; JaJuan Johnson , $1.1M). Pending decisions on or by Garnett, Ray Allen , Brandon Bass , Greg Stiemsma , Ryan Hollins , Chris Wilcox , Green, Pietrus and Dooling, C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will have anywhere from $0-33 million to spend in free agency.
As a result, expect the Celtics to be linked to just about any and every free agent on the market. Nobody is out of their league. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the options that should be available to the Celtics at small forward, separating the current free agent players into three categories.
THE JEFF GREENS
Given the shared experience of Green’s treatment under the Celtics’ care for his heart condition, and given the desire by both parties to see the 25-year-old succeed in Boston after the Kendrick Perkins  trade, it seems logical Green will be in a C’s uniform next season. However, if he signs elsewhere, these should be Ainge’s next targets.
RICH MAN: NICOLAS BATUM
COMMON MAN: GERALD WALLACE 
POOR MAN: STEVE NOVAK
HOMELESS MEN: Derrick Brown, unrestricted (65 games: 8.1 PTS, 3.7 REB, 1.0 AST, 51.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%); Donte’ Greene, $2.5 million qualifier (53 games: 14.7 MIN, 5.4 PTS, 2.5 REB, 40.6 FG%, 23.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%); Bill Walker , unrestricted (32 games: 19.4 MIN, 5.9 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.2 AST, 39.8 FG%, 31.9 3P%, 85.0 FT%).
THE MICKAEL PIETRUSES
Injuries to Bradley and Allen meant increased minutes for Pietrus at the two, but ideally he would log equal time behind both Bradley and Pierce this coming season, just as Green could split time backing up the three and four, giving Celtics coach Doc Rivers  flexibility and different looks. So too could these guys to varying degrees.
RICH MAN: GRANT HILL 
COMMON MAN: MATT BARNES 
POOR MAN: JAMES SINGLETON
HOMELESS MEN: Dahntay Jones, $2.9 million player option (65 games: 16.2 MIN, 5.3 PTS, 1.8 REB, 40.9 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 83.8 FT%); Jamario Moon, unrestricted (8 games: 15.4 MIN, 2.3 PTS, 2.8 REB, 29.2 FG%, 20.0 3P%); Anthony Tolliver, unrestricted (51 games: 17.3 MIN, 4.1 PTS, 3.0 REB, 39.0 FG%, 24.8 3P%, 74.5 FT%).
THE MARQUIS DANIELSES
Either not worth the asking price or not worth any price, like Daniels, these guys are a dime a dozen and wouldn’t be much of an upgrade over anybody at the league minimum. Thanks, but no thanks.
As you can see, the signing of Green is almost essential to the Celtics’ success next season, no matter how you feel about his potential. If Garnett is Option A, then he must be Option B. Batum and Wallace would be great fits, too, but both will be extremely difficult to sign on the open market given the lack of available talent at the position. The trio of Pierce, Green and Pietrus isn’t the worst-case scenario; it’s probably Ainge’s best-case scenario.
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 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Keyon Dooling: http://media.weei.com/basketball/keyon-dooling.htm
 Centers: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2012/06/25/2012-13-celtics-free-agent-options-at-center/
 shooting guards: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2012/06/26/2012-13-celtics-free-agent-options-at-shooting-guard/
 power forwards: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2012/06/27/2012-13-celtics-free-agent-options-at-power-forward/
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 Sasha Pavlovic: http://media.weei.com/basketball/aleksandar-pavlovic.htm
 Marquis Daniels: http://media.weei.com/basketball/marquis-daniels.htm
 Mickael Pietrus: http://media.weei.com/basketball/mickael-pietrus.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Avery Bradley: http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm
 JaJuan Johnson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jajuan-johnson.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
 Brandon Bass: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-bass.htm
 Greg Stiemsma: http://media.weei.com/basketball/greg-stiemsma.htm
 Ryan Hollins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ryan-hollins.htm
 Chris Wilcox: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-wilcox.htm
 Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 his agent’s hardball approach: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2012/06/nicolas_batums_agent_likes_trail_blazers_talk_but.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 GERALD WALLACE: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm
 Jeremy Lin: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeremy-lin.htm
 Bill Walker: http://media.weei.com/basketball/bill-walker.htm
 Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm
 GRANT HILL: http://media.weei.com/basketball/grant-hill.htm
 Tracy McGrady: http://media.weei.com/basketball/tracy-mcgrady.htm
 once said: http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-03/sports/29733643_1_lockout-ankle-surgeries-grant-hill/2
 MATT BARNES: http://media.weei.com/basketball/matt-barnes.htm
 Chris Wright: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-wright.htm
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