Chris Wilcox is itching to get back onto the court, and he would love nothing more that to be reunited with the Boston Celtics and its rocket-fueled point guard, Rajon Rondo. There was clearly a connection between Wilcox and Rondo last season, before the enlarged aorta sidelined him and required season-ending heart surgery. Scary stuff, especially considering the fact that Wilcox is a Maryland alum, and we all know what happened to Len Bias way back in ’86.
But that was then, and this is now. Wilcox is healthy and ready to play. There are other forces at work, of course, and other priorities to focus on. There is Ray Allen and his status – will he stay in Boston, will he be lured to the glitz and glam and the potential for additional championships with LeBron and D-Wade? Will he bolt for a dark horse team like the Grizzlies or the Suns, or even a surprise team like the Dallas Mavericks? There is Brandon Bass, who seems to be attracting a lot of attention – and why shouldn’t he, after being one of Boston’s steadiest players last season. So Wilcox is clearly not on the front-burner, not with all of this and Jeff Green to work through.
I just hope Danny Ainge gives Wilcox serious consideration when it does come time to discuss his future with the team. Wilcox is only 29 years old. He’s crazy athletic. The knock on him has always been consistency – he can look otherworldly one moment and pedestrian the next – but you know what you’re getting with this guy. You’re getting a big who can run the floor with Rondo and who can finish at the rim. That’s something the Celtics didn’t have last season after Wilcox went down, and it’s something they won’t have if they leave him out of the mix and go in any other direction. And as we saw in the Heat series, the Celtics could use a big who can get up and down the court. Wilcox can do that.
Ainge knows it.
I just hope he values it.