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“All three of them are real blows to us,” said Ainge. “First of all, we lose our star player and then Jared and then Barbosa. That’s devastating. We’re short on guards now, and we have to bring someone in. We have players we like in the D-League, and we have a little more than a week before the trade deadline. And we’ll explore all of that.

“Immediately we will probably bring someone in on a 10-day contract, and we’re going through all those names. There’s a lot of names actually, but it’s going to be very difficult to replace Leandro Barbosa.”

[…] “There are guys playing all around the world, and I need to figure out when they may become available with their contracts,” said Ainge. “So there’s a lot to go through here.”

Herald: Ainge, Celtics put on guard

The immediate 10-day help could come in the form of Shelvin Mack, who has played a large portion of the season for the Maine Red Claws, and is therefore familiar with at least some of what the Celtics are doing.

And there was that one day the guys in Maine wore Celtics uniforms, so now I don’t even have to Photoshop him… his photo in a Celtic uniform already exists.

And Mack says he’s ready for the call… if it comes.

“I feel like it would be a great opportunity,” Mack said of the Celtics, adding, “(I haven’t been given any indication from the Celtics), I try not to worry about that. That’s another thing I’ve learned throughout this process, just worry about the things you can control. I can’t control how they’re thinking, All I can control is just going out and playing basketball, trying to be a great basketball player and a great teammate.”

[…] “The biggest thing I know with the system is, it’s not about individual stats. It’s all about championships and competing at a high level,” he said. “I’m a big fan of defense. Everyone can score points but a lot of things come down to effort and being able to play defense.”

Will Mack last the season (if shows up at all)?  It’s hard to speculate.  D-League guys can be such wild cards.  Mack’s gotten a couple of 10-day looks, and he had moderate success with the Wizards, where he averaged about 5 points and 3 assists. But he’s not “instant offense” like Barbosa was.  In fact, Mack’s been shooting pretty poorly all year long.  He shot 40% in 7 games with the Wizards (he was 1-2 in 4 games with Philadelphia) and he’s shooting 44% with the Red Claws.

As for the “beyond the border” options… two names keep getting thrown at me:  Dionte Christmas and Jonny Flynn.  Christmas, who became a favorite here thanks to some Summer League success (especially after the Courtney Lee trade),  is now playing with CSKA Moscow, one of the Euroeague power for more money the Celtic can offer him.  I’m not sure if there’s an NBA out, but I’m not sure if he wants it right now, either.  There’s a second year on his contract (likely a team option year, but I’m not sure), and Christmas is still young enough to make a little cash from one of the few teams that actually honors their financial obligations in Europe.

As for Flynn, he’s having a grand ol’ time in Australia, feasting on the competition to raise his NBA value.  He just dropped 23 points and 8 assists in his last game, and is averaging 17.6 points, 6.1 assists, and 4 rebounds a game.  He reportedly has an NBA-out clause, so we’ll see if he’s one of the actual targets.  I caution you, though… don’t put too much stock in NBL success.  Courtney Lee could probably average a triple double over there.

I wouldn’t be shocked to hear news of something soon.  The Celtics need bodies, and fast.  They have 10 healthy guys, and one is Fab Melo… so like, nine and a half healthy guys.  They need someone on the bench in case the refs get whistle happy or if someone else…

… oh, I don’t even want to think about that.

I don’t expect a trade because the C’s can’t really spare anyone, and they don’t have any players that will bring back more than one guy.  But you never know what Danny has up his sleeve… and you never know when the ownership will give its blessing to blow things up.

Related links ESPN Boston:  Examining options at point guard

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Celtics obstacle course continues | Globe – Russell, Garnett and selfless playCeltics lose Barbosa for season  |   CSNNE – Torn ACL means Barbosa season over | Ryan not optimistic Rondo will learn

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  • Noori

    Mack is saying the right things, I dont think a 10 day contract would hurt.

  • CaptainLoud

    I know it’s a very long shot, but i’d LOVE to see Bo McCalebb with the C’s. (currently with Fenerbahce Ulker in Europe). Constantly rated as one of the top PG in the Euroleague, lightning fast and athletic, is known to score in spades. The Spurs were rumored to acquire him during the summer.

    • Curt

      He’s legit, but he gets paid so much to play for Turkey that he wouldn’t leave. He’s a big fish in a little pond there. Guy doesn’t have to pay for anything and still earns like $5M on top of it.

      • CaptainLoud

        I agree with everything you said, but i think he’d still love a shot to play in the NBA and come home. Maybe even take a pay cut, especially to play for a contender. I wonder if he’s even on front office’s radar. Here’s to hoping!

  • Victory18

    Why not give Pargo a 10 day?

  • eddysamson

    As a Vermonter I’d love to see Marqus Blakely (UVM) come in but hes no PG. He would fit Barbosa’s wing role while at the same time adding some athletic shot blocking, though. He can dunk like a mofo too. He’s had a lot of success overseas and in the D-league, but its a long shot here haha.

    Would love to see Christmas back, though.

  • Why not

    Allen iverson if he’s got anything left perhaps?

  • RedsLoveChild

    We need Tommy Heinsohn to get back to coaching the Celtics!

    He had Cowens, Hondo, Chaney, and Jo Jo White playing 82 games a year, every year, winning 2 rings in 3 years….they didn`t dare get injured on Tommy`s watch!

    Jo Jo played 40 MPG, while going 6 years without missing a game!

    With all the advanced training and medical technology available today…these guys are more fragile than fine china.

    • $tephanie95

      Well it doesn’t look too good on the resume of the training staff to have 2 players go down with torn ACL in the matter of a couple weeks.

      • RedsLoveChild

        You related to Ke$ha?

    • Curt

      And they cost a LOT more…more mintues means more risk of injury.

      And back in the day, the rules favored the defense so jump shots were more valuable. Now explosiveness is what gets the paychecks…and torn ACLs.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Typical “Tommy Team” {1972-76} :

        109 PPG…45.2% FG…54.4 RPG…26.4 APG

        Current Celtic Team {2013} :

        96 PPg…45.9% FG…40 RPG…23.4 APG

  • WallyWorld

    Marcus Denmon

  • CelticsKid34

    if Flynn is actually an option i would take him over Mack any day. hes very athletic and gets to the hoop almost at will. he might need some iso plays but i think he would be a great fit

  • Nate

    Melo for Vucevic lol

  • Tom53

    I’m from Australia and I have seen Jonny Flynn twice now. He’s nothing but a volume shooter. He regularly makes poor decisions and turns the ball over a lot! However, he is athletic and explosive and the potential is definitely there.