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Report: Ryan Hollins close to deal with Celtics

Mar 22, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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And now we reach the garage sale portion of the season, where what one team casts off as useless another team picks up hoping to find something useful.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have bought out and waived center Ryan Hollins, and now the Celtics are close to inking a deal with him, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Hollins has cleared waivers and a deal could be done today, or if not tomorrow.

To make way, the Celtics will likely waive Chris Wilcox, who is out for the season due to a heart condition. No Wilcox and the loss of Jermaine O’Neal for the season do to a wrist injury Boston needed some size. Hollins is seven feet tall.

Celtics fans, before you get too excited, remember this — the Cleveland Cavaliers just let him go. He just got into over half the games for that squad. He has a PER of 7. He doesn’t really rebound. He’s pretty limited on offense.

That said, GM Danny Ainge told Blakely that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce like this signing (they played with him in the summer out at UCLA, where Hollins went to school).

Ainge said Garnett and Pierce urged him this summer to try and sign Hollins.

“They really liked his game and the way he could play with them,” Ainge said. “I think he would fit in well with what we do.”

At this point, beggars can’t be choosers. Expect this to become official soon.

  1. rooney24 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Makes you wonder why some of these guys couldn’t have been moved for cash or a 2nd round pick prior to the deadline when playoff teams are signing guys that poor teams are cutting/buying out.

    • ljl2 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      define “poor” teams?

  2. mikeewright7 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    well Boston do need some size

  3. mrgoodbar216 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    As a cavs fan i can honestly say that hollins is the most worthless player in the nba. He has not one single basketball tallent unless you wanna call being tall a tallent. Boston should just leave that spot void cause thats what its gonna be anyway if they sign hollins. As a bonus ill even throw in anthony parker then you’ll have two of the best worthless nba players.

  4. bozosforall - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Garbage player for a garbage team.

  5. keyshawn22 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Perfect for Celtics, they just need a big guy to play defense and grab some rebounds. No Jermaine, or Wilcox or Green, they need bodies all they have behind KG and Bass is Sitetsma

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