|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 31, 2011 at 12:48 AM|
Last summer the Celtics needed the best big man in the free agent market that they could afford. Wallace was done playing in the NBA,and Perk was out until January 2011. The Celtics liked what Jermaine did in their first round series with the Heat. They made Jermaine their top choice,and he was a veteran guy that would seem to play well with the veteran Celtics. That was the intention with Jermaine from the start. He could play well with the four all-stars.Jermaine was signed with the full mid-level contract. A two year deal worth 12 million. Many thought the mid-level contract should have been split to sign another top free agent in the Celtics price range.
The marriage between the Celtics and JO was rocky from the start. Not in terms of drama with teammates,or with the media or coaching staff. It was rocky from the injuries he accumulated in his short time with the team. His left hamstring injury in camp might have been the start of his downfall,but Jermaine picked up a lot of criticism from the fans,and the local media for not getting surgery much sooner on his left knee. Jermaine would push his body hard to return to the team in time for the playoff push. On March 31st Jermaine would make his return. Jermaine would give a solid effort in the playoffs. He had a great game one in the Knicks series. Jermaine hurt his wrist,and he wasn't right in the playoffs. He gave the Celtics a good effort anyways.
It's unclear at this time if Jermaine returns next season. I think he will come back for one more season. I think Jermaine will provide something next season,but I hope he's not the starting center. I'm not sure if Jermaine can be used in a contract dump kind of trade,but I would rather have Jermaine back in Boston next season. The Celtics are in need of Centers and Power Forwards next season. The Celtics didn't get anything out of Troy Murphy,and Shaq is 50/50 at this point if he returns next season. Nenad is a priority,but at what cost? As for Big Baby I really don't want you back here. It comes back to Jermaine O'neal next season. Their is a chance he's going to be a little better next season,after his knee heals up more. I wish JO luck,and I want him to be a good Celtic.
He was written off so many times from the Boston faithful,but the Celtics fans are very forgiving as well. I can only sit back,and hope Jermaine will have a better year in Boston next season.