Posted by r1zzo23 on November 5, 2008
As we all may or may not know, the Detroit Pistons traded Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson. Immediately following the deal, there were rumors that McDyess would be bought out by the Nuggets and would return to the Pistons. Then a spokesman from the Nuggets came out and said that they would love for McDyess to play for them. Now it looks like he may be bought out after all. But the Celtics want to make this decision a little tougher for Antonio.
The Celtics reportedly have interest in signing Antonio McDyess should the Nuggets ultimately decide to buy out his contract.
Boston initially attempted to sign McDyess in 2004, but he opted to join Detroit.
Most expect McDyess to return to Detroit after the league’s mandatory 30-day waiting period. However, McDyess was reportedly upset by the trade.
Antonio McDyess would be an excellent addition to the Celtics roster. Patrick O’Bryant hasn’t earned any minutes thus far and Powe and Davis are a bit undersized to have playing center at any time. McDyess would be a great player to bring off the bench and to add to the 2nd unit.
Also, Boston and Detroit are almost destined to meet in the playoffs, so to snatch McDyess away from the Pistons and add him to our team would be a huge blow to the Pistons. We know that they are looking to the future for the summer of Lebron/Wade/Bosh/Melo, but they are still good enough to win today.
Personally, I think that McDyess will end up back in Detroit after the 30 days off, but we can definitely hope to see him suit up for the Celtics.
UPDATE: J.A. Adande just spoke on SportsCenter and says that McDyess’ agent is working on a buy-out and that TWENTY teams have called his agent about his services if the buy-out does in fact come to fruition.
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Posted by r1zzo23 on November 5, 2008
The Boston Celtics were coming off a horrible performance Saturday night in Indiana. With a three-day layoff and plenty of time to rest and check into their hotels in Houston, we expected to see the Celtics of last year rather than last game. Ray Allen led the way for Boston with 29 points on 11-15 shooting, with some very big buckets down the stretch. Most of his scores came against the Rockets’ Tracy McGrady, who couldn’t have guarded anyone in a phone booth last night. Anyone that was covered by McGrady had the green light to take him off the dribble, and rightfully so.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett struggled from the floor, shooting a combined 11-30 from the field. But we all know by now that just because their shots aren’t falling doesn’t mean they aren’t having an impact on the game at hand. Pierce played outstanding defense on Ron Artest (3-16 from the floor) all night. I’m sure Ron Artest disrupted Pierce on our offensive end, but Pierce had a much bigger impact on the glass and with the pass.
Ray Allen definitely would win player of the game, but this was a great home-coming game for Kendrick Perkins who had to buy 100 tickets for family and friends. Perkins outplayed Yao Ming in all facets of the game. Yao got off to an early start with six quick points in the first quarter, but finished the game with only eight. Perk shot 7-8 from the floor, with three deep (and I use the term in conjunction with Perk’s range) jumpers. He finished the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, one of which was on Yao Ming’s turnaround jumper on the block. This was Perk’s best game of the season and he is still, in my opinion, one of the best defenders at the center position in the league.
The Celtics (3-1) head to Oklahoma City tonight to get their first look at the Thunder (1-2) at 8:00 PM EST.
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