|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM|
DOC'S SHOPPING LIST: Asked what sort of player would best fill the team's needs, Rivers noted, "Well, I would say a ball-handling guard. It’s no longer a point guard, it’s just a guard. A guard that, if I had my perfect guard for this group right now, it would be a guard that can play multiple positions, that can shoot, and has some toughness. Then we need a big. You're not going to find a center, so a 4. Obviously a 5 would be great, but a 4 that can stretch the floor, or a 4 that can rebound -- just a great rebounding 4 that has skill. That’s the list." As for where Ainge can do his shopping, Rivers added, "There’s so many places to look. The China League ends in a week, so now some of the American players that are playing over there, will be coming back over to our league. The D-League or through a trade. We don’t have a lot of assets to trade, so we have to be very careful there."
The Celtics have people to trade, but who wants a guy like Fab Melo? Do the Celtics want to flip Bass, and Lee for players. Highly doubt that unless its apart of some kind of big trade. Doc hit the nail on the head with what the team needs. Can we get that from China, or someplace else?
"Danny’s doing all the work, which is terrific as far as I’m concerned," said Rivers. "I’ll say this: Danny and I thought about it and... with the last one, with Barbosa, now we can’t look at one position anymore. And that’s what we were looking at -- looking at size first, then a guard. Now we’re looking at players. We need players. We need to pick up a couple players as soon as we can get them, that’s basically what we’re doing. We don’t want to do anything so quick that somebody else becomes available and then we don’t have room because we are at the cap threshold, so we have to be very careful in what we do."
We just need some guys who can play. The way this season has been. The Celtics will be forced to play small ball. I guess it was heading into that direction. I can't see the Celtics finding a big man who can play like Sully. We seem to bring in bigs mid-season like Mikki Moore, and Ryan Hollins. Unless a P.J Brown type exist out there.
Doc spoke about the potential of bringing West in as well.
"That’s something we’re looking at," said Rivers. "I don’t know where we are going to go with that. Again, we have to be so careful. And one thing I love about Delonte is his toughness. The other thing you don’t like, he does get injured a lot, so you’re worried about that as well. Besides the other stuff."
West does get injured a lot, and that's the last we need. I think West could be injury prone when, or if he would come back. He hasn't played, and he wouldn't be in game shape. That's a recipe for something.