NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Interested in Carlos Delfino

Chris LawrenceFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2012

ATLANTA - MAY 2:  Forward Carlos Delfino #10 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles with the ball during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks beat the Bucks 95-74.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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In their quest to find a serviceable replacement for the injured Avery Bradley, the Boston Celtics are looking into unrestricted free agent Carlos Delfino, league sources tell Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England.

Delfino, a 29-year-old guard/forward, averaged 9.0 points per game and shot 36 percent from three in 54 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

A first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2003, Delfino has also spent time with the Toronto Raptors in addition to playing professionally in Italy and his native Argentina.

Delfino is known for his defense and three-point shooting, both of which would greatly benefit the Celtics in Bradley's absence. At 6'6" and 230 pounds, he is strong enough and quick enough to provide depth to both the frontcourt and backcourt.

However, the Celtics only have the bi-annual exception ($1.975 million) to offer Delfino.

The Celtics would have to convince him to take less money in order to come to Boston, as Delfino made $10.5 million over the past three seasons with Milwaukee.

Given his versatility, Delfino will definitely attract multiple teams this offseason. As the acquisition of Courtney Lee seems more and more unlikely because the Celtics used their $5 million midlevel exception on former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry, Delfino would be a great value signing and a more realistic option for the Celtics.

Nothing is imminent with Delfino, who will most likely take his time entertaining offers from teams looking to fill out their rosters with quality role players over the next month.