Desperate to improve a bench that will likely need a complete overhaul, the Boston Celtics have made contact with Brendan Haywood, Antoine Wright and Rasual Butler. (CSNNE)
But league sources told CSNNE.com Thursday night that the Celtics have also inquired about Dallas center Brendan Haywood. [...]
The Celtics have a couple different ways they can go about trying to acquire Haywood.
Because he’s an unrestricted free agent, they can sign him straight-up. [...]
Along with Haywood, the Celtics also reached out to a couple of wing players, 6-7 guard/forward Antoine Wright of Toronto as well as 6-7 guard/forward Rasual Butler who averaged a career-high 11.9 points per game last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Expect to hear a whole bunch of names tossed around until the Celtics have finished their signings. Danny Ainge wants to explore every option, leaving no rock unturned. I’m indifferent about Haywood — he’s a big body who has pretty solid skills, but can also be a lazy lug at times — but I love Butler. He can shoot, defend, and plays team basketball. It was a shame Butler was wasted on the Clippers last year, because he’s a player who can help a good team win.
In other news, the Lakers are chasing after Tony Allen. I once wanted Tony to be traded for a bag of Doritos. Now, I wouldn’t at all mind seeing him come back… but I realize a shooter off the bench would add a dynamic the Celtics didn’t have last year.