Danny Ainge's Goal: Sign Rasheed Wallace and Grant Hill

Dan McConeCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  Joe Smith #32 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Detroit Pistons battle for rebounding position in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 99-78.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Talk about a full court press.

The Boston Celtics are putting one on Rasheed Wallace—except it’s off the court.

After finding out during the 2008-09 season that the Celtics really lacked a deep bench, the Boston Celtics are going hard after Wallace.

Right now in Wallace's family room are Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, head coach Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck.

Talk about making your feelings known.

And what a brilliant move this will be for the Cs.

Imagine having Wallace, who’s seven feet tall, shooting from the outside while freeing up Garnett underneath.

Having Wallace will also allow Pierce and Allen to go one-on-one with their man—something they were not allowed to do during the Chicago and Orlando series.

Boston made it painfully obvious that they should have made an attempt to re-sign James Posey.

Brian Scalabrine was not the answer.

Mikki Moore was a complete disaster.

Leon Powe was injured for most of the season, and his presence was missed.

Wallace can give you 30 minutes off the bench. He can give a rest to Garnett as he nurses his knee. He can fill in when Kendrick Perkins gets into foul trouble.

I’m sure Wallace won’t think the mid-level exemption at $5.8 million is enough, but it sure was for Ron Artest and the Lakers.

But Danny Ainge and Boston can’t stop there.

Grant Hill has got to be in the picture too.

Stephon Marbury bordered on a disaster last year. He picked it up too late in the playoffs.

Eddie House is only the answer when you need a big three-pointer.

Tony Allen is done. He’s a mess on and off the court. (He’s accused of running with a rough crowd from whom he’s received death threats.)

Grant Hill can play the point, the two, or the three. He’s versatile. Hill gives Doc Rivers options.

Hill can still play. Last season he was able to play all 82 games for the first time.

Signing Wallace and Hill makes the Celtics an instant Eastern Conference team to beat.

This will trump the Cavaliers' trade for Shaquille O’Neal. O’Neal slows down the Cavs, as they will soon find out.

Wallace and Hill with the Boston Big Three and Rajon Rondo make the Celtics fast, versatile, and lethal at the top of the key and down in the low post.


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