That makes 15 players and that is a wrap.
Since February 24th, Boston has added power forward Troy Murphy, shooting guard Sasha Pavlovic, and now point guard Carlos Arroyo. Boston did not offer D-leaguer Chris Johnson another 10 day contract, instead using that slot for help for Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics now move forward in their quest for their 18th title and second of the Kevin Garnett Era with 6’ 2” slashing point guard Carlos Arroyo as their temporary back up point (that is not as redundant as it sounds), while Delonte West recovers.
Basketball Wars Defectors
Not really, but kind of feels that way as Arroyo was let go recently by the arch enemy Miami Heat who then added Mike Bibby, who bought out his own contract from the Wizards so he could play for the Heat. Follow?
Last season Carlos played against the Celtics for Heat in the opening round of the playoffs. Now he switches uniforms to go against his recent team.
Former Celtic Eddie House went to the dark side and signed with the Heat in the off season though reportedly getting inquiries from the Celtics after he became a free agent.
There is no truth to the rumor that this signing will precipitate a spy swap at the Florida border.
Though both players are hired shooters, House is the prototypical long distance assassin with deadly accurate aim, while Arroyo works best inside with cloak and dagger.
A 31 year old veteran of international play, Carlos has also logged an average of 10 minutes per game in 34 playoff games.
Arroyo hits the three point shot at a career average of .335%, but is shooting .438% from the arc this season. His overall shooting pct. from the field isn’t that great at .439% career but is at an improved .458% this season.
More important, he can bring the ball up under pressure, though he is considered just a decent passer at that position and can over dribble at times. He has a very good assists to turnover record at 3.1 to 1.2 (career)
His best year statistically was 2003-4 in Utah, when he averaged 12.6 points and 5 assists in 28.3 minutes per game with the Jazz.
How well did Arroyo do against the Cs in last season’s playoffs?
Not too bad, but he played only 8.7 minutes per game in the 5 game series. He shot .462% and had 11 assists to only 3 turnovers while logging a low turnover pct of 10% (averaged over 100 possessions).
He has played in the playoffs for Utah, Detroit, Orlando and Miami.
For the record, I like the signing. After missing out on a few other potentially good options through trades or buy outs that did and did not happen, it will be a sign of good luck if he ends up helping the Celtics win it all.
The fragility of Delonte West, the trade of Nate Robinson and the inexperience of rookie Avery Bradley will possibly make this signing more important than it seems. If West returns and can stay healthy, Arroyo will be little more than an after thought and injury insurance.
Hey that will be my new nickname for him, ‘Nationwide’ Arroyo. He’s on our side. For now.