NBA Trade Deadline: Boston Celtics Will Regret Not Acquiring Front Court Help

March 17th, 2012 by Patrick Clarke Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics will wish they had been more aggressive leading up to the NBA trade deadline this past Thursday. They failed to acquire front court help and now look poised for a first-round playoff exit.

With Jermaine O'Neal out since Feb. 20 with a left wrist injury, the C's had every reason to acquire size and toughness regardless of the cost. The Lakers were not willing to part ways with forward Pau Gasol for what Boston was offering, so now the Celtics enter the final playoff push undermanned in the paint.


Missed Opportunity

New Orleans Hornets big man Chris Kaman was rumored to be on the block for months and remains on the Hornets roster after the deadline has passed, meaning the Celtics only hope of landing him before the playoffs potentially is if he were to be bought out of his contract, which looks unlikely right now.

Making matters worse, Celtics big man Chris Wilcox will not return to the Boston lineup anytime soon. Wilcox has been ruled out for the season because of having to undergo aortic surgery; meanwhile, O'Neal is not expected to return this season according to head coach Doc Rivers. 

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