Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shane Battier probably is not going to end up on the Celtics.

A. Sherrod Blakely reports that the Celtics have a definite interest in Battier... But don't have the pieces necessary to acquire him. Just like we knew all along. Blakely also adds that the Celtics are definitely looking to make a move:

The C's don't have a lot of trade chips to play, and thus find themselves struggling to gain much trade traction.

"Obviously, we're out there looking," Rivers said. "We're not going to just go and do something, to do something. We're clearly looking. We don't have a lot of assets to move. We'll see what happens."

The biggest fear for the C's right now is that they're unable to make a trade, and Daniels isn't able to return.

"That would be tough, because of our size," Rivers said. "We would have a huge gap at the 3-spot. When you look at who we'd have to go through, Luol Dengs, LeBrons, Kobes . . . that would make it tough."
It puts even more pressure on Paul Pierce to not only produce, but do so while staying healthy and relatively free of foul trouble.

"I'm not going to do nothing different," Pierce said. "I can't even think about that. We got guys who are going to have to fill in that role. Von Wafer, Delonte West. The guys we got have to fill in that role. I can't change the way I play."

We can hope that Houston is unable to find a better deal for Battier and deals him to Boston, and also throws us some pity in the process. I doubt that will happen, but one can hope. Paul needs a back up, that's undeniable. If the Celtics don't think Marquis is going to come back, I don't see them leaving Paul in the lurch and depending on Von Wafer and Delonte West. Those guys just don't have the size. I think the Celtics will continue to push for a deal, it just might not be as big a name as Shane Battier. It might not even be someone like Anthony Parker, but Danny Ainge has surprised us before, and the Celtics could luck out landing a lesser known name, but someone who's still a good fit and can give Paul a breather. We could be in for an interesting couple of days. 

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