Ainge: Finley's a possibility

March, 3, 2010
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed Wednesday on WEEI that he has some interest in acquiring Michael Finley, who was waived by the San Antonio Spurs, but cautioned that the 37-year-old guard-forward wouldn’t be the difference maker in Boston’s pursuit of another title.

“I’ll put in a phone call … and I think [he’ll have] some interest in coming here,” said Ainge. “But other teams will be interested in him too.”

Ainge said Finley would be another shooter off the bench who could fill in for Paul Pierce or Ray Allen, and that having that extra option could be useful for coach Doc Rivers.

“I certainly don’t consider Mike Finley to be someone that's going to make the difference in us winning the championship,” Ainge said, "or putting that kind of pressure on him. ... that's why I keep the pressure on our starters."

The Spurs waived Finley on Monday after the veteran free agent expressed frustration with his playing time and a desire to join a playoff contender. He was expected to clear waivers on Wednesday evening.

In downplaying the impact of a possible Finley acquisition, Ainge said the more important thing in whether the Celtics will contend in the playoffs is how the starters are playing, and whether they can stay healthy. He pointed out that Pierce has had a disappointing season, and said the C’s captain will have to step up his game and stay healthy in order for Boston to be successful the rest of the way.

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