Why Michael Finley Joining the Boston Celtics Is All About the Playoffs

March 4th, 2010 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
It was reported on Thursday that small forward Michael Finley has reached an agreement to join the Boston Celtics after receiving a buyout from the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week.

"It's official now," he said, "I'm soon to be a Celtic."

Finley will sign with Boston for a pro-rated share of the $1.3 million NBA veteran-minimum salary after being courted by several teams vying for contention.

At the age of 37, the 14-year veteran is averaging just 3.7 ppg this season, by far the lowest total of his career.

His presence will still be felt in the locker room nonetheless.

Finley has been doing it a long time and his 111 postseason appearances will provide the Celtics with yet another strong veteran presence to lead the team down the stretch.

His role is not expected to be significant on the court, though. Finley will be playing behind Paul Piece and Marquis Daniels, but will serve as a solid injury insurance in the event either guy goes down.

As a career 31.7 percent three-point shooter, he should also help to bolster the Celtics long-range game. After recently trading away Eddie House, Bo ...

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