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Options dwindling for the Celtics in their big man seach

The Celtics [1] lost out on Ronny Turiaf when the veteran signed with the Heat [2]. They lost out on J.J. Hickson when the Blazers were awarded the waiver claim [3]. They even lost out on Chris Johnson [4], when the one-time Celtic was claimed off waivers by the Hornets [5].

The Bobcats waived Boris Diaw [6], but the talented, yet soft in the middle big man appears to be heading to San Antonio [7]. As a final blow, the Hornets seem intent on keeping Chris Kaman [8].

Where does that leave the Celtics? The two names still in circulation are Ryan Hollins [9] and journeyman Josh Powell. Here’s the take on Hollins [10]: He’s 7-feet tall with a decent touch around the basket, but he’s a poor rebounder who lost his spot in the Cavs’ rotation to rookie Tristan Thompson.

Still, Hollins is better than Powell and would serve an immediate need considering the sore foot that Greg Stiemsma [11] is currently playing through. If anything happens to Stiemsma, the Celtics are in major trouble and it could lead to Kevin Garnett [12] playing more minutes than the team would like.

In order to add Hollins — or anyone else for the matter — the Celtics would have to make room on their roster by waiving one of their players. Chris Wilcox [13] is out for the season and will undergo heart surgery later this month and Jermaine O’Neal [14] decided to have wrist surgery and will also miss the rest of the season. 

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, they wouldn’t be able to re-sign a player they waived for at least a year so if they have any interest in bringing Wilcox back, they’d keep him on the roster.

This Friday is the deadline for players to be bought out/waived and still be eligible for the postseason on another team. As a reminder, players can sign at any time up until the last day of the regular season and still be eligible for the postseason as long as they are not on someone else’s roster by the Friday deadline.