The Celtics are intent on improving their team before Thursday’s trade deadline, Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe.
“We’re going to be active,’’ Rivers said, when asked about the looming trade deadline. “We aren’t going to do anything super, but we’re going to be active. We’re clearly looking. We don’t have a lot of assets to move.’’
The Celtics have expressed interest in Pistons shooter Richard Hamilton, and ESPN.com reported they talked to the Cavaliers about Anthony Parker. Rockets forward Shane Battier also could be on their radar.
But the only players who could entice other teams — Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis, who are both in contract years — are practically immovable as starting center and sixth man. …
“Nothing happening and Marquis not coming back would be tough actually because of our size,’’ Rivers said. “We would have a huge gap at the ‘3’ spot, and when you look at who we have to go through — the Luol Dengs, the LeBrons, Kobes — that would make it tough.’’
Going through the Luol Dengs is almost impossible. You can’t just defend the Luol Dengs with an ordinary bench player, because the Luol Dengs cause permanently tough matchups. Actually, the Luol Dengs cause nightmares. You can’t guard the Luol Dengs. The Secret Service couldn’t even guard the Luol Dengs.
Okay, I’ve had enough fun about Doc Rivers including “the Luol Dengs” in the same sentence as the Kobes and the Lebrons. The Celtics need a backup small forward, and they’re going after one. But I actually think they have more to offer than the Globe would lead you to believe. Nate Robinson has value (okay, just a little value) and, if Mozgov was such a deal-breaker for the Nuggets-Knicks trade, Semih Erden could probably draw some interest. Von Wafer can be used as a salary filler, and — if you sprinkle a pick or two on top — the Celtics could put together a solid package.
Of course, I’d rather keep Erden and his future. And Robinson has been awful, so teams might have completely soured on him. And Daniels’ basketball future is very much in limbo. And maybe that solid package I said they could put together actually sucks. Which is terrible, because the Celtics need a reliable backup small forward pretty badly. You just can’t go into a Luol Deng fight with a Von Wafer.