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Options dwindling for the Celtics in their big man seach 03.21.12 at 11:35 pm ET
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Ryan Hollins could be the last big man standing for the Celtics. (AP)

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

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

Where does that leave the Celtics? The two names still in circulation are Ryan Hollins and journeyman Josh Powell. Here’s the take on Hollins: 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 is currently playing through. If anything happens to Stiemsma, the Celtics are in major trouble and it could lead to Kevin Garnett 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 is out for the season and will undergo heart surgery later this month and Jermaine O’Neal 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.

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Celtics’ big man search: Boris Diaw at 10:09 am ET
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As the Celtics search to replace Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Wilcox, relieve Kevin Garnett and aid an ailing Greg Stiemsma (sprained right foot), add Bobcats power forward Boris Diaw to a list of available free agent big man targets that already includes Ronny Turiaf, J.J. Hickson and Ryan Hollins.

The Bobcats and the 6-foot-8, 235-pound (yeah, right) Diaw have reached a buyout agreement on what remains of his $9 million salary this season, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Diaw played a franchise record 258 straight games since being traded from the Suns in 2008 before a conflict with coach Paul Silas led to his benching in seven of their nine games since March 6, the report said.

Naturally, the disconnect resulted from the coach’s perception of Diaw as, in a word, lazy. After all, the NBA’s 2005-06 Most Improved Player entered the league weighing 203 pounds and has since watched his waistline grow considerably in recent years.

Still, he’s averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes a night this season. Playing in all 82 games a a season ago, the eight-year veteran produced 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

Diaw ranks last in rebounding rate among power forwards who play 25 minutes a night, according to Hoop Data, but the hope from the Celtics would be that an engaged Diaw could add defense and playmaking.

At least two respected reporters in the field — ESPN’s John Hollinger and Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe — suggested the Celtics as a likely destination for Diaw on Twitter.

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Carmelo Anthony to the Nets? 09.24.10 at 1:34 pm ET
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Carmelo Anthony wasn’t a part of the celebrated free agency class of 2010, but his name has been floated throughout the NBA rumor mill ever since he wavered on signing an extension with the Nuggets. As a new season dawns, we may be getting closer to a resolution.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski has the latest on a possible deal that would send Anthony to the Nets for rookie Derrick Favors and draft picks. That’s only one part of the deal, as Wojnarowski writes, which could include multiple teams. ESPN’s Marc Stein has the deal involving four teams, including Utah and Charlotte, and involving Andrei Kirilenko, Boris Diaw and Devin Harris all changing addresses.

The upshot is the Nets would get Anthony, the Nuggets would acquire Favors, Kirilenko and draft picks, Diaw would go to Utah and Harris would land in Charlotte. There are an awful lot of moving parts to the deal, not the least of which is Anthony’s willingness (or reluctance) to sign an extension with the Nets if he’s traded.

If it goes down, Anthony would be added to a revamped Nets roster that also includes free agents Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and Travis Outlaw, as well as recently acquired Troy Murphy.  That’s a serious talent upgrade from the woeful squad the Nets put on the floor last season.

While the Celtics remain the prohibitive favorites in the Atlantic Division, both the Nets and Knicks bolstered their rosters during the offseason. The division remains within the Celtics control, but promises to be a whole lot more interesting than it has in recent seasons.

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