Boston Celtics Take A Pass on Gilbert Arenas

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Gilbert Arenas
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The Boston Celtics filled their final three roster spots recently by signing D.J. White, Shavlik Randolph and Terrence Williams.  They signed Williams to a contract extension beyond this season which was very surprising.  Did the Celtics make the right moves here with their remaining roster spots?  It is still too soon to tell, especially given the fact that it would be very shocking to see White or Randolph play any meaningful minutes.

One guy the Celtics had a chance at signing but decided to look in the other direction was Gilbert Arenas.  He has been playing very well overseas in China and he is itching to get back to the NBA.  Just like Williams, he is also a head case and his off the court antics outweigh his on court production.  If he had kept his head on straight for his entire career, it wouldn’t have been out of the question for him to garner some Hall of Fame attention.  That’s not to say that he would have been a lock by any means, but if he had stayed out of trouble and maintained his production, his cumulative stat totals would have looked very impressive by the time his career came to a close.

The Celtics certainly would have made a big splash by signing Arenas, but that just doesn’t seem like head coach Doc Rivers’ style.  Even though they signed Stephon Marbury a few seasons ago, it just never seemed like Arenas was going to be an option for the organization.

The Celtics finally have filled out their roster and it isn’t surprising to see Arenas’ name not on it.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports.  For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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