Monday, February 18, 2013
When Ainge might bring in help
By Nick Borges
UPDATE: According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics could be on the verge of signing Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract.
Washburn tweets that a source indicates "Williams to Celtics is nearly done" and that the No. 11 overall pick in 2009 "is waiting for clearance letter from Chinese team and headed to Denver to join team."
It remains to be seen how much the 6-foot-6, 220-pound swingman out of Louisville will play even if he does join the team; though somewhat versatile, he has always been a poor shooter as a pro. That being said, Williams finished strong last season after being signed by Sacramento, averaging 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 18 games with the Kings. The question is whether he can carry that over to this season, and whether he'll get the chance to do so if he does in fact sign with the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics are down to just 10 healthy players and according to The Boston Globe, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will likely hold off on signing a free agent until after the NBA's trade deadline on Thursday, if the final two spots aren't filled via a deal.
The Celtics could look at guards Jannero Pargo and Delonte West, however those options won't be considered until late Thursday, at the earliest.
The team might consider Jermaine O'Neal, via a trade with Phoenix, to help fortify the frontcourt.