Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 8/5/12

Last season, I cancelled my subscription to Insider because I was mad at the NBA for all the lockout nonsense that was going on. This season, after Danny re-signed KG and signed Jason Terry, I subscribed again. I'm excited about this season for the Celtics and I want to savor every big of it.

John Hollinger has posted his Good, Bad and Ugly of the offseason. In the Good column, he lists the Nets, Lakers, Hawks and your Boston Celtics.  After the jump, check out  what he has to say about the Celtics' offseason so far. I say so far, because I somehow don't think Danny is quite done yet. Just a feeling.

Even though I hate the Jeff Green deal with every fiber of my being, Boston's offseason was so good in other respects that I have to put them here. For all the angst over Allen's departure, the Celtics' ability to put together a creative sign-and-trade for Courtney Lee effectively made it a moot point; Lee is younger, defends better, shoots 40 percent on 3-pointers and costs less than what they had offered Allen.

The Celtics also got some much-needed bench scoring by picking up Jason Terry with their midlevel exception -- something made possible by inking Kevin Garnett to a cap-friendly deal that will keep them below the tax apron -- and then rounded things out by keeping Brandon Bass and stocking the bench with some solid minimum deals (Jason Collins, Chris Wilcox, Keyon Dooling). First-rounder Jared Sullinger looks like a keeper, too.

The one negative was the Green deal, which is believed to be four years, $32 million -- far too much for a player who has proven fairly replaceable in his first four seasons and missed the fifth with a heart problem. Nonetheless, Boston, against all odds, seems primed for yet one more run.
While I think the jury is still out on just how much Green can give the Celtics, I don't get how negative Hollinger is about the deal. I would rather never have lost Perk but we have Green and we haven't yet seen what he can add to the team. The deal may be a pricey one for a player we aren't all that sure about yet, but it's not the worst contract out there. I do agree that the Celtics are primed for another run, however and can't wait and that Danny did a good job re-stocking the cupboards for the season.

In the "Bad" column, Hollinger includes Philadelphia, Washington, and the NY Knicks. I like this quote about the Knicks:
don't get what the Knicks did at all. They opened free agency spending like drunken sailors, using some creativity from their front office (in the form of non-guaranteed contracts to bit players) to create the salary ballast to execute three sign-and-trade deals.Unfortunately, they used it to sign a pair of geriatric vets to three-year deals. Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby will likely help them some this season, but this was classic New York shoot-money-out-the-firehouse stuff.
Can you say, "Typical Knicks?" In the "Ugly" department, we find the Mavericks, Bulls, Rockets, and Magic. I don't think the Rockets and Magic are done. Something is going to be done with Dwight Howard eventually. The Rockets are still in pursuit of the disgruntled center, although I really don't know why. The Mavs being in this group surprised me, though. I thought they did pretty good luring in Kaman, Mayo and Brand, but Hollinger doesn't see it as enough to not waste another year of Dirk Nowitski's prime.

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