P.J. Brown signing with the Celtics — and the open roster spot being saved for Sam Cassell — prevents 34-year-old Theo Ratliff from becoming the latest vet to latch onto the Boston ring-chasing campaign. So after being waived by Minnesota yesterday and the waiver-wire waiting period, Theo is expected to sign with the Pistons.
Whereas Cassell’s $6.1 million salary could conceivably be taken up by another contender who feels they really need him (or just doesn’t want Boston to get him), Ratliff is a lock to clear waivers with his $11.6 million price tag. When he does clear waivers, he’ll sign with Detroit for $1.3 million.
Theo’s only played in 10 games this year, averaging 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. If he can stay healthy, he gives the Pistons that much more depth in their front court and another body to throw at guys like Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett and Zydrunas Ilgauskas in the East, and if the Pistons make the Finals, Shaq, Duncan, Boozer or Gasol.