Despite winning seven of their last eight games, the Boston Celtics have undergone yet another extreme hardship in 2013. General Manager Danny Ainge has some dire and time-sensitive decisions to make.
First, floor general Rajon Rondo saw his best season as a pro cut short due to an ACL injury. Then rookie big man Jared Sullinger underwent season-ending back surgery. And Monday night, backup point Leandro Barbosa, who had been on a hot streak during Boston's latest run, tore his ACL, as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com.
With only 10 players on the Celtics' active roster, Ainge needs to make some moves. The trade deadline looms less than 10 days away, and many rumors have already been shot down by Ainge and Coach Doc Rivers.
Additionally, Kevin Garnett has roundly rejected notions that he would waive his no-trade clause, and he and captain Paul Pierce have recently played as if they want to contend this year more than any other.
While Avery Bradley has played great basketball of late, he remains an injury concern without a dependable backup point guard. Courtney Lee and Jason Terry are both more shoot-first, pass-later 2-guard types, with Lee in particular struggling mightily.
Rumors have swirled that the Celtics will offer a 10-day contract to Shelvin Mack, a PG in Boston's D-league affiliate in Maine who has filled NBA spots for the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.
But as Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski describes the potential move, Mack would be nothing more than a stopgap. If the Celtics expect to make a legitimate postseason run, Ainge will need to up the ante by signing more legitimate NBA options both at the point and down low.
The following list of players highlights the available free agents the Celtics might consider to fill their needs.