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Plenty of buzz out there from national writers as well as Celtics beat guys about the team’s possibility moving forward without Leandro Barbosa in the backcourt. As I wrote about this morning, it appears Boston will be looking for a stopgap guard for the next few games, before finding a long-term fix once the trade deadline passes. Here’s the latest from a number of reporters today on possible moves:

 

 

 

Here’s a bit more on what the C’s could expect from a Mack, a guy who has spent time in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers this season

Here’s John Hollinger’s take on Mack’s play from last season via ESPN.com

Scouting report
+ Smart, solidly built pick-and-roll point guard. Good handle but lacks athleticism.
+ Disappointment as a shooter. Solid rebounder. Struggles to create offense.

Analysis
The book on Mack was the he could shoot but might struggle with the other stuff. In his first season, he struggled with the other stuff as expected … and couldn’t shoot, either. Mack shot only 40 percent from the field and was a crushing disappointment as a floor-spacer, hitting only 12 3-pointers the entire season. The fact he made only 29.3 percent of his 2s beyond 10 feet offers little encouragement on this front, nor does his 71.2 percent mark from the line.

Mack also struggled to create offense, as he lacks great burst and athleticism. His saving grace was that he was fairly efficient when he wasn’t shooting jumpers; he was above the league average for point guards in pure point rating and drew fouls at a high rate. Mack also surprised by rebounding very well for his position, ranking in the top quarter of point guards.

Defensively, his limitations were clear against speedsters, but he by and large did a solid job. The Wizards sometimes asked Mack to play off the ball in small-ball lineups and he struggled to defend 2s, but he proved adequate against most 1s.

Look for a move to made, potentially as soon as tomorrow before the C’s game against the Bulls at the TD Garden.

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • Danny

    What about Von wafer he was decent for us when he was here probably would sign cheap. He’s not on anyone’s roster as far as I know.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I liked Von too.

    • Robert

      It would appear that Von is playing for a Chinese team right now (if his Wikipedia page is correct).

      It's a one year deal according to another basketball-related site.

  • Phil725

    I've seen nothing from Shelvin Mack to make me think he's an NBA guard, even in a limited bench role. I know you can't really ask too much when you're searching the scrap heap, but hopefully there's a better option around, or he proves me wrong. I know he's not capable of replacing Barbosa's potentially explosive contributions, and I'm not sure he's even capable of replacing Barbosa's off days.

    • Danny

      Reading his scouting report is like reading the anti Barbosa, the last thing we need is another guy who struggles to create offense. At this point i'd rather see the rev. dooling come out of retirement.

  • CelticsBIG3

    I don't understand how bad things must be with Delonte for the Celtics to have no interest in him.

    • Emmy

      I agree. Why aren't the C's considering in signing DW. He is a proven point guard, can shoot both 2s and 3s and can defend as well! How about AI? Just had to throw it out there for comments!

    • The Cardinal

      Maybe because you scared of work place violence from a guy who: 1) appears not to be wrapped to tight? 2) carries unlicensed guns; and 3) picks fights with teammates he's vying for playing time?

      Considering his mental issues and known violent tendencies, I wouldn't hire him to collect garbage. Just sayin'…would you want this guy in your work place?

    • OKCeltic

      DW is a mess this team doesn't need to deal with or waste an ounce of energy on. Read a story today where he hasn't shown up for D-League games for a team that took a chance on him. too high maintenance.

  • Morpheus

    2 words. Will Bynum

  • NZNICK33

    Antonio Daniels?

    • CelticsBIG3

      He hasn't played in a LONG time.

  • GowGow

    Carlos Arroyo.

  • beepee

    If anybody reading this please give allen iverson a chance for it is the push that we need doc rivers make it happen

    • Vince

      I'm not sure a 48 yr old alcoholic is a good candidate.

  • Danny

    Open tryouts anyone? Celtics should just start trying out anybody in the city of Boston with two legs and no history of knee problems.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Michael Redd?

  • NZNICK33

    Dionte Christmas?

    • CelticsBIG3

      Don't know that he can easily get out of his Moscow contract.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Here's a list of some free agents that could help; Mike Bibby, D.Fish (doubtful he'll be wearing green), D. West, Shelvin Mack, Michael Redd, Kelenna Azubuike (Barbosa-esque), Bill Walker, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Josh Childress, Kris Joseph (doubtful). I particularly am intrigued by Azubuike. I thought he was a great sparkplug guy for Golden State.

    • Ryan

      Aside from D West whos clearly a problem off the court, I would take Shelvin Mack or Christopher Douglas-Roberts. Players like Bibby, Fisher, and Arroyo won't give the team anymore than a young player from the D league who at least could surprise people(sometimes it just needs to be the right team/system to flourish or be productive). We could also just sign some ten day contracts in order to give Keyon Dooling time to get in shape assuming he would want to return. I haven't watched Azubuike play and as far as Redd goes, he would be intriguing, but in reality there's prob no chance he could bring some of the skills that made him an all star to the celtics based on all the teams that have checked him out and decided to pass despite his relatively young age and resume. So I like Mack, CDR and Keyon.

  • emg

    I'm excited. this player has solid right handed dribbling skills and a good layup.

  • Anthony

    Can Semih Erden get out of his contract?

  • Mr. Curet

    Oh great! Just what they need some scrub to warm the bench. I wonder why they haven’t signed Kenyon Martin & bring in Delonte West? It’s not like they’ll sign them to max deals. It’s just to make one more push this season.

  • High Rollers

    Dikembe’s looking pretty spry in that Geico commercial.

  • elroz

    This "potential signing" is not worth talking about..come man – who is this guy? I can go and sit on the bench for 1/2 the price.

    But hopefully they'll get somebody by the end of February… D. West or D. Fischer…anybody that can give them 10 quality minutes..that's all they need during the season… in the payoffs, they'll use their guards anyhow, instead of four.

  • G$Moore

    What about UNC RashadMcCants? He has the size and the scoring the C' need. He is playing in the D league.

  • Michael R.

    Jacob Pullen or Kalin Lucas?

  • CG12

    Mack would be fine, if not terribly exciting. We just need somebody who can give the team 8-12 minutes against second teamers without screwing things up. He can let Green and Terry worry about making plays. We don't need guys like Delonte or Wafer who will come in wanting to prove something. I always liked Delonte as a player, but I can definitely appreciate that you just don't need a guy that erratic in your lockerroom. You can be sure that the things we have seen and heard over the last few years are just the tip of the iceberg. I would like to see Delonte well and doing well, but a pro basketball team may not be the best place for that to happen.

  • robert

    allen iverson!! is the answer.. no pun intended.. he scores, he will pass with veterans he has confidence in. which he never had in his career.. and he wants to come back….. another option is byron davis… where is derek fisher?

  • Angus

    Allen Iverson is the best!

  • Matt

    Mack made about 3 dribbles with his left hand that entire video. I don't even play basketball but with 2 minutes of video I'm pretty sure I could defend him fine myself just by forcing him left.

  • Tim

    Azubuike was a good source of offense. I like Jonny Flynn right now tho.

  • Sev

    Aside from D West whos clearly a problem off the court, I would take Shelvin Mack or Christopher Douglas-Roberts. Players like Bibby, Fisher, and Arroyo won't give the team anymore than a young player from the D league who at least could surprise people(sometimes it just needs to be the right team/system to flourish or be productive). We could also just sign some ten day contracts in order to give Keyon Dooling time to get in shape assuming he would want to return. I haven't watched Azubuike play and as far as Redd goes, he would be intriguing, but in reality there's prob no chance he could bring some of the skills that made him an all star to the celtics based on all the teams that have checked him out and decided to pass despite his relatively young age and resume. So I like Mack, CDR and Keyon.