It's not been that long since the Bulls and Hawks destroyed us on the boards.
Frontline scoring is less need than another bench scorer/shooter. I totally agree with that and do think Barbosa helps that perfectly. I'm very happy about that.
But I'm more worried about the playoff pace grind when rebounds and interior physical toughness comes more into play, and in that way I think the team is very vulnerable.
Danny, Paul, and George can all play 40 minutes per playoff game, so wing scoring/bench scoring becomes a much smaller factor.
My guess on the Ray Allen thing is that Bird offered Tyler without a pick with this in mind...
Allen for Tyler
2nd for Kaman
Virtually Kanman replaces Tyler (upgrade) and Allen replaces 2nd round pick (upgrade). When Ainge said no and/or when NOH were tough about Kaman then you go to plan B(arbosa).
I really doubt NOH were the problem though, they took a loss in not getting the deal done and likely would have been a lot more receptive around 2:55 pm.
I think Larry just prioritized bench shooting first and decided that had to happen no matter what, so when his Tyler for Ray option fell apart he was forced to use cap space/2nd round to get Barbosa and punt on getting Kaman.
My speculation but with the Tyler rumor it makes a lot of sense to me.