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Bulpett: Ryan Hollins Likely to Join C’s

The long awaited wait for help on Boston’s front line may show some movement today, as according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the C’s may be on the verge of landing former Cavs center Ryan Hollins, as long as the big man clears waivers:

It looks like Ryan Hollins will be the Celtics’ new tall man to be named later.

According to a league source, who might or might not have been one of those interested in Hollins, the 7-footer is interested in joining the Celts if he clears waivers today. Let go by the Cavaliers this week, he fits the C’s clear and present need for size.

The Celts might have had the inside track on the athletic 27-year-old. It’s known he was among those who played regularly with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett during the lockout.

The UCLA product averaged just 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes in 24 games this season for the Cavs, who were his fourth NBA team.

Even if the C’s do get Hollins, they are apparently not through looking for help. It is expected they will sign a power forward within the next week.

The waiver item is a major caveat here, as we all saw this past week with the claiming of J.J. Hickson and Chris Johnson by teams under the cap, any young player who has shown even brief flashes of promise is at risk of being claimed. Hollins is overpaid, but on a fairly reasonable number at a prorated $2.5 million.

The Pacers are one of the teams that are rumored to be interested in Hollins, as they recently lost veteran center Jeff Foster to retirement and are also under the cap. If they like Hollins, they could claim him for depth purposes but that’d still be a decent amount of change for someone who likely won’t be a contributor for them.

All things considered, there’s no better opportunity out there right now for minutes for the seven-footer besides Boston and that’s likely what he’s hoping for as well.

As for a scouting report on the 27-year-old, we’ll wait for a move to be made for that, but know this. As far as rebounding goes, he’ll fit right in on this team, as you could argue he’s the worst rebounding center in the league. Thankfully, on the positive side, he’s a strong defender and runs the floor well, something that should serve him as well as it did Chris Wilcox alongside Rajon Rondo.

  • CG12

    Deeply underwhelming.

    • smm

      he sucks

  • jimmy

    This is like mikki moore :(

  • g

    Who? Gtfoutta here .. Who? Wow!

  • Montrosssdad

    Patrick O’Bryant part deux

  • John Evans

    Well, beggars can’t be choosers, especially in this instance. He may not average 15 boards a game, but atleast he’ll run the floor & impact shots inside with his length. It’ll be interesting & fun to watch what & how KG will teach this youngster whose game is very raw.

  • CG12

    If we do sign Hollins, I wonder how it will impact the current rotation. In particular, does Hollins come in before Stiemsma? I'm thinking "no," that Hollins would be the 4th big, and that his minutes would vary a lot, depending on match-ups. We are still going see quite a bit of MP and PP at the 4 spot in small ball lineups.

  • -jp

    We basically have to give up on rebounding, the celtics are just awful at it, if we get him and he’s good on defense that is what is really important here. I was hoping we would be able to add two big guys, since we basically lost 2 in JO and Wilcox.

  • bernabem

    hey man I'm like the team. at this point i will take ANY living and breathing big man. they dont need an impact player. just BODIES. so I'm happy.

  • Rick

    Mehmet Okur waived!!

    • CG12

      injured – out for the year.

  • louie
  • High Rollers

    What ever happened to Fesenko? We just need a pair of bigs with beef and brains. Is that really so hard to come by? The Big 4 plus Bass, MP and Bradley is our talent this year, period. (I'm sorry but the rookies are rookies: all potential and missed defensive rotations.) Just find us some sneaky trees to clog up the middle and finish some fast breaks for us already, Danny! You've got one more day.

    • noche

      That's hard to come by because, unfortunately, bigs with beef and brains are already employed.

  • I_Love_Green

    Ryan Hollins is awful. 7 footer who is a horrible rebounder.

  • High Rollers

    Good point, Noche.

    I_Love_Green, think of it this way: if the opponents bigs are fighting through our newly acquired seven-footer Hollins, then our four guys who actually have credible if inconsistent rebounding instincts and ability (KG, Rondo, Pierce, Bass, Pietrus… in my opinion in that order) will surely have improved chances of securing boards the rest of the way. That has really worked in the past; it just couldn’t be maintained when those bigs got injured and/or traded (Perk, Shaq, Semih, Nenad, JO, Wilcox… etc.). At least Hollins is still under 30. Let’s hope he fits.

    • I_Love_Green

      That's actually a pretty good point. I guess I'm just disappointed that this is all we could get, even though there wasn't much to choose from anyways.

      I also read that KG and Pierce worked out with Hollins during the lockout so they're familiar with him. As long as he hustles, and catches Rondo's passes I'm fine with him.

      • High Rollers

        Yeah, I read that too. Definitely a plus. We didn't even have him tonight against the Bucks. Even though they ran a layup line early on, the C's eventually put on the clamps and took their lunch money in the end. Go C's!

  • g

    Michael Sweetney? He wors in my receiving department I believe. In fact there’s actually a few of us who could might kinda make the team. If not I know some guys .. Respect to this group of guys and their guttyness and strength! I’m tired for ’em until I remember how much money I earn and how much they earn. I’m tired too, aren’t we all!

  • g

    Don’t you just hate it when your “k” button is off .. “Works”

  • gnutz

    Dan Gadzurick – good size, active and rebounds. What an ugly dude though.

  • janos

    hi Bryan is Janos
    I am not know player , do a check and is not the good one. Sometime, put on green and white bring best player out , so am hoped good luck and march playoffs, beyond. Stil lweek 5 left, no sense worry high seeding best just get playoff and let rondos, pierce take over. nobody put out top fore better us , that is truth