HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Veteran basketball team seeks center and/or power forward for final 20 games of season and playoffs. Relocation necessary.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And right now, the Boston Celtics are desperate.
Their starting center, Jermaine O’Neal, is out for the season. Their back-up center, Chris Wilcox, is out for the season. Their third-string center is an undrafted rookie you probably hadn’t heard of before December unless you somehow have a tolerance for low-scoring college basketball games. (His name is Greg Stiemsma and he played for Wisconsin. Oh, he also missed shootaround on Monday with a sore foot.)
So yeah, the Celtics could use whatever help they can get from any free agent big man who might be available. And cue Rick Pitino, because Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish aren’t walking through that door.
Ideally, the New Orleans Hornets would waive Chris Kaman, but it seems like they’re keeping him. And if Kaman’s not available, the pickings are pretty darn slim.
J.J. Hickson (waived by the Kings on Monday) is a serious defensive liability (and reportedly going elsewhere). Ronny Turiaf (waived by the Nuggets on Wednesday) is an offensive liability who can’t stay healthy for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Did we mention that the Celtics are desperate?
What’s Mikki Moore doing these days, by the way?
Here’s more from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald:
“We have the for sale sign out; we’ve just got to get somebody to buy,” Rivers said. “We’re just going to keep looking, and I think before Friday, we’ll have one or two bigs. Right now, if you’re over 6-7, for us, that constitutes a big.
“But I feel good that we’re going to find a couple of guys. I don’t know who they are, but I just feel like we will.”
As for what he might want specifically, Rivers said, “Well, we’d like one that has a sky-hook and was 7-feet tall, but we’re probably not going to find that. We would actually — it sounds crazy — like a heavy big, just because of some of the bigger bigs. But I doubt we find that, as well.”