The Boston Celtics are reportedly contemplating a move that while it will not inspire cheers of joy throughout “Celtics Nation” should bring the club some much-needed depth as they head into the Post Season. The “Boston Globe” reported on Thursday that Boston is reportedly close to signing former Dallas Mavericks center Sean Williams for the rest of the season. Williams was recently waived by the Dallas Mavericks and would be eligible to play for the Celtics in the Playoffs.
The big man is a familiar figure to Bostonians as he played his college ball at Boston College before being taken by the New Jersey Nets with pick number 17 in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft. Williams stayed with New Jersey for three seasons, having his most successful campaign in his first year as he started 29 games for the Nets and averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. He would play just a limited number of games for New Jersey the next two years and signed with the Mavericks as a Free Agent earlier this season. He played in just eight games for the defending NBA Champions and averaged 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds before his release.
The report states that if the Celtics do sign the big man they would waive center Jermaine O’Neal who is out for the season due to injury. Boston is currently starting Kevin Garnett at the pivot position and Brandon Bass at power forward with Greg Stiemsma coming off the bench as Garnett’s back-up. The Celtics also have center Ryan Hollins on the roster, whom they signed after he was released by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he has yet to be effective for the squad.