Celtics Rumors: Boston Must Convince Carlos Delfino to Play for Veteran Minimum

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 8, 2012

The Boston Celtics could stand to add a combo guard to their roster, and free agent Carlos Delfino would be a great fit.

According to NESN's Ricky Doyle, the Celtics are interested in acquiring Delfino. Head coach Doc Rivers had this to say: "We've looked, and I wish we had the money to add him. We could really use him."

Unfortunately, the Celtics would only be able to offer the 29-year-old Argentinian the veteran minimum price tag of $1.14 million, which probably wouldn't be to Delfino's liking.

Delfino is definitely worth more than the veteran minimum, as he has averaged at least nine points in each of the last four seasons, but the Celtics spent their extra money on Courtney Lee.

Much to Delfino's chagrin, he wouldn't play as big of a role with the Celtics as he did with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he would have a serious chance to play for a championship-caliber team. At the very least, he would be able to play for a relevant team—something he hasn't had the opportunity to do since he left the Detroit Pistons.

The pay cut may be too much for Delfino to stomach, but his mind can be changed. The Celtics have one of the most highly respected head coaches in the NBA in Rivers, who would be wise to reach out to Delfino.

If Rivers could convince Delfino to come to Boston, he would add yet another guard to an already deep roster.

The Celtics have two guards who can shoot, but aren't adept at driving to the hoop. Avery Bradley and Jason Terry can shoot from the outside—more specifically from the wing and the corner.

Lee and Dionte Christmas have the height to drive. Lee has proved he can do a little bit of shooting as well, but the Celtics don't know what they will get out of Christmas in the regular season.

Delfino would be a surefire success in the Celtics offense. He can shoot (albeit he's not a sharpshooter), he can get to the rim and can rebound well for a shooting guard.

The Celtics desperately need a guard who can contribute on the boards. Last season, the team finished No. 30 in rebounds per game. Delfino could help in that department, as he pulled down nearly four a night for the Bucks.

Boston doesn't need to overpay Delfino and dip into the luxury tax, but if Rivers or someone else can convince him to play for Boston at a bargain rate, he would be the perfect complementary piece in the offense.