Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chris Wilcox Signs with the Boston Celtics

Chris Wilcox (2000-02) currently holds an unwanted place in the NBA record books: among active players, he is the longest tenured without ever making the playoffs. That should change this season. Wilcox, a free agent after playing last season in Detroit, has signed a one year deal with the Boston Celtics using Boston's mid-level exception (Boston.com):
Wilcox was present as the Celtics conducted their first practice of training camp this evening. He appeared in 57 games for the Detroit Pistons last season averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. Wilcox also shot a team-high 58.1 percent from the field. He brings size and rebounding ability to a front court that is probably Boston's biggest weakness.

ESPNBoston.com says this was a winning move for Wilcox:
When his agent called with the list of initial suitors, Chris Wilcox didn't even have to think about the decision. After nine seasons of losing, all he wanted was an opportunity to taste the postseason. Pretty much the moment he heard the word Boston, he was a member of the Celtics.

Comcast SportsNet New England says Wilcox is happy to be there, and the Celtics are happy to have him:
Ray Allen, who played one season (2006-2007) with Wilcox in Seattle, is happy to see the 29-year-old in a Celtics uniform.

"A lot of people don't know him," Allen said. "Just the fact that he was on the West coast most of his career and playing in Detroit where he didn't play a whole lot. A lot of people don't really know him, haven't had an idea of seeing him when he gets on the floor and seeing his athletic ability... it makes the team more exciting."

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