Saturday , Feb , 23 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Why The Boston Celtics Should Sign Brent Barry

All season, the Celtics have turned their back on veteran table-setters; the club said thanks but no thanks to Damon Stoudamire and Gary Payton, while Sam Cassell’s not-so-subtle left-coast overtures have been ignored. Now Barry is available. He was waived by the Sonics after being traded from San Antonio to Seattle in the Kurt Thomas deadline day trade …

Why The Boston Celtics Should Sign Brent Barry

The Boston Herald is reporting the following:

NBA sources said last night that the Celtics are poised to make a move on Brent Barry if and when he clears waivers.

My Quick Take: Could the Boston Celtics season-long search for a second-string point guard end with free agent Brent Barry?

All season, the Celtics have turned their back on veteran table-setters; the club said thanks but no thanks to Damon Stoudamire and Gary Payton, while Sam Cassell’s not-so-subtle left-coast overtures have been ignored.

Now Barry is available. He was waived by the Sonics after being traded from San Antonio to Seattle in the Kurt Thomas deadline day trade.

Why would Barry work in Beantown?

First, the lanky combo guard is a winner. His experience capturing NBA Titles in the River City with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker would help a mostly inexperienced Celtic squad.

Second, he’s a team-first, good guy. Barry has never pouted over minutes or shots. In fact, he uses his sense of humor to keep things loose. Years ago, in Seattle, he once broke tension between the players and coaching staff by playfully tossing chairs into former Sonic sideline boss Paul Westphal’s office.

Third, he has successfully manned a backcourt with Ray Allen before. Barry had an impressive half-season run in the Emerald City next to Jesus Shuttlesworth. His size, three-point stroke, defense, and basketball IQ would make him a natural for the Celtics.

Barry’s the best choice to spell Rajon Rondo. Hopefully, Boston GM Danny Ainge signs him to a pro-rated, veteran’s minimum contract for the rest of the season.

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