Wednesday, March 2, 2011
C's set to add Pavlovic
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- After losing out to the Dallas Mavericks in their quest to add freshly bought out Corey Brewer, the Celtics are set to sign veteran swingman Sasha Pavlovic to add depth at the swingman position, a league source confirmed.
UPDATE: After Wednesday's game, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed that the team has come to terms with Pavlovic.
Pavlovic, a 6-foot-7 wing player with ability to hit the 3-pointer, provides an emergency option behind Paul Pierce and Jeff Green should the ever-present injury bug get sting-happy again in the Celtics' locker room. Boston navigated the early portion of the season with only Pierce and Marquis Daniels at that spot, but a freak spinal injury to Daniels led to an overhaul at the position (including the move to trade starting center Kendrick Perkins in the deal that brought in Green from Oklahoma City).
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge admitted the team had conversations about Brewer, but noted the Mavericks had more money to offer than Boston, which is bound to the pro-rated veteran's minimum. That's what Pavlovic will earn.
While not identifying Pavlovic during his confab with the media, Ainge hinted at a player of his mold. "I'd like to shore up the wing position," Ainge said. "I'd like to bring in someone with some experience that's not old and washed up." Ainge added that a deal for such a player could be official before night's end.
The 27-year-old Pavlovic has played 466 regular-season games and another 42 postseason appearances. He appeared in 14 games this season for Dallas and New Orleans, making seven starts (and helping his teams to a 5-2 record during those first-unit appearances).
Pavlovic has averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds for his career.