With all of the wheeling and dealing of the trade deadline completed, Danny Ainge’s next move is to fortify the rest of the roster with competent big men to help make up for the loss of Jason Collins. While it’s certain they won’t be able to make up for Collins’ solid play on the defensive end with any addition, anyone they bring in will thankfully be better than a step up above Collins on the offensive end of the floor.
With that in mind, let’s get to the rumblings heard so far today on potential additions. The C’s have two open roster spots at the moment, and also a third will be available if they decline to re-sign Terrence Williams after his 10-day deal expires.
We’ll start with Marc Stein of ESPN.com, who reported this morning that the C’s may be on the verge of bringing in former Bobcats big man D.J. White to a 10-day deal.
Hearing that Celtics have former Charlotte big man D.J. White in their sights for 10-day deal now that White’s season in China is over
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 22, 2013
Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald also added more additional names in his trade deadline column today as on the C’s radar:
Now the Celtics are left to fill out their roster, and the first task is getting a serviceable big man. While agents are certainly pushing their own clients, the C’s are looking at the likes of Jerome Jordan, Tim Ohlbrecht, Shavlik Randolph, Louis Amundson, D.J. White and others.
So which of these players would be the best fit right now for the C’s?
To start, it appears Ainge will be looking to give whoever he decides upon a trial run (a la Terrence Williams), since no names on this list are worth committing an entire season to at this point, given the C’s tricky cap situation. With that said, White appears to be the guy on top of the list for Boston to start and I have to say I like him a lot. Maybe it’s because he tore up the Celtics a few times with hot shooting a couple times in the last two seasons.
White played in China this season, averaging 21.7ppg and shot over 56 percent from the field. He has a good midrange touch (About 41% from outside 16 feet, according to Hoopdata) and is a solid rebounder as well. His defense expectedly leaves a lot to be desired, but for one was a bit surprised he wasn’t signed by anyone in the NBA before this season. Perhaps he wanted to earn a bit more money in China.
The rest of the names on that list from Bulpett are mostly D-Leaguers. Jordan is a legit center who is 7 feet tall but may not be able to bang bodies well enough in the NBA. He was waived by the Rockets this summer after being traded from the Knicks. Amundson was awful for the Wolves this year, leading them to release him, but has been a useful bench spark and offensive rebounder at points in his career.
All in all, not a ton of appealing options, but there’s some talent in there. Now we watch and wait to see who the front office thinks can help the most right now.