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Celtics’ big man search: Ryan Hollins 03.20.12 at 1:48 pm ET
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Ryan Hollins is tall, if nothing else. (AP)

For the last three seasons, Ryan Hollins has been an NBA rotation player. First with Minnesota in 2009 and then with the Cavaliers, Hollins has averaged about five points and three rebounds per game as a 16-minute backup center. He’s 7 feet tall, but there’s really nothing that stands out about his game.

He doesn’t create his own shot and while he has a decent touch around the basket and can make a long-distance jumper on occasion, he’s a career 66 percent free throw shooter. He’s the worst defensive rebounding center among players with 20 or more games who play 10-plus minutes per Hoop Data, and he isn’t much of a shot blocker for a 7-footer.

But Hollins is now available after the Cavaliers waived him, and once he clears waivers he’ll undoubtedly be on the Celtics’ list. Despite his overall mediocrity, Hollins has some value to a team like the Celtics. He is athletic and can run the floor, two areas that are in major need of an upgrade.

He’s a center, and with Greg Stiemsma laboring with a sore right foot, the C’s need some protection behind Kevin Garnett, who has played a lot of minutes –about 34 a night — on this road trip. Hollins isn’t a fun name like J.J. Hickson, or as proven as Ronny Turiaf, but he is healthy and had been regularly up until the trade deadline.

As with the other candidates, the Celtics will have to make room on their roster with 15 players under contract. An obvious choices to be waived is Jermaine O’Neal who elected to have season-ending wrist surgery.

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Trade Deadine: Celtics talking with Kings about J.J. Hickson? 03.15.12 at 8:18 am ET
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According to multiple reports out of the Midwest, the Celtics have had conversations with the Kings about J.J. Hickson. The 6-foot-9 forward, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season, has averaged 4.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. He is coming off a 2010-11 season in which he averaged 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

The reports come via tweets from Sam Amico (“Celtics having conversations with Kings about JJ Hickson, source says”) and Vincent Goodwill (“Wilcox being out for the year means the Celtics will be on the serious hunt for a big before tomorrow … JJ Hickson is right in front of me”)

(Hat tip to Celtics Blog)

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