While Danny Ainge continues to work the phones in advance of Thursday’s deadline, Terrence Williams, the new Celtics’ addition was spotted today at practice, via multiple reports out of Denver. Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe has been on top of the story from the beginning.
Terrence Williams is with #celtics but “highly unlikely” to play tonight according to Danny Ainge. Still waiting for letter of clearance
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) February 19, 2013
Until that clearance letter comes from the CBA, Williams will not be able to officially sign his deal with the C’s. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com explained why that hasn’t been able to been completed yet.
While it’s no sure thing Doc Rivers would even be willing to play Williams right out of the gate, the C’s could certainly use the added depth as soon as possible at this point, with just nine reliable contributors on the active roster. When two of those guys are Jason Collins and Chris Wilcox, you begin to realize how dire the situation will be for Boston if anyone else goes down this year before reinforcements arrive.
Danny Ainge also took a little time to address the latest trade speculation today. Does he think any kind of deal is likely?
Danny Ainge says deal unlikely before thurs. also expects talks to cool over the next 48 hrs — greg dickerson (@gdickerson_csn) February 19, 2013
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) February 19, 2013
As we’ve talked about plenty here at the Hub, there aren’t a lot of feasible scenarios that would make sense for both the C’s and a trade partner. We’ll keep our eyes peeled in case Danny finds some gold in the coming two days, but continue to look for a minor deal, involving Leandro Barbosa, some cash and a draft pick for another potentially useful body on the roster.