NBA Rumors: 5 Available Big Men Boston Celtics Must Pursue

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2012

NBA Rumors: 5 Available Big Men Boston Celtics Must Pursue

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    It's not a secret that the Boston Celtics need to add a big man in the worst way.

    With Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) and Chris Wilcox (heart) both done for the season, the Celtics need to add more depth along the frontline with Kevin Garnett starting at center and Greg Stiemsma as his sole backup in the middle.

    With the Celtics "most certainly" in the market for a big man, the team can't be picky about who is available at this juncture of the season.

    It's not a pretty list of players, but the Celtics need someone who can come in and play minutes right away.

5. Josh Powell, PF

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    Josh Powell was one player who signed in China back in September while the lockout was still in full effect, but now he's looking for work stateside in the NBA.

    Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reports that both Phoenix and Boston have expressed interest in Powell's services, but his inability to play center caps his upside for the Celtics.

    Listed at 6'9" and 240 lbs, Powell may not be big enough to take the burden off of the shoulders of Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiemsma.

    He's definitely an option, but he shouldn't be toward the forefront of Danny Ainge's list.

4. Kyrylo Fesenko, C

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    It's a bit concerning that Kyrylo Fesenko has been unable to find work throughout the entire season, but the Celtics are absolutely desperate.

    Fesenko had been set to sign with the Golden State Warriors earlier this season, but the team decided not to ink him to a contract and he hasn't drawn much interest since.

    Boston beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely believes that if the Celtics are "serious" about adding size, Fesenko makes a ton of sense since he's a legitimate 7'1" and 280 lbs.

    However, it's hard to know what type of impact he'll have on the floor after such a lengthy layoff.

    Despite the uncertainty, Fesenko definitely has real size and that is one area the Celtics undoubtedly need help.

3. Boris Diaw, F/C

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    Boris Diaw was just bought out of his contract with the Charlotte Bobcats and has every intention of joining a playoff-bound team.

    There have been a lot of jokes about Diaw's weight this season, but the point forward can still really pass the rock and make things happen when he's motivated, and his versatility to play multiple positions along the frontline makes him a really attractive target.

    ESPN's John Hollinger thinks that the Celtics should "roll out the red buffet tablecloth for Boris," but Diaw may have other destinations in mind rather than an aging Boston ball club.

    Update: San Antonio Spurs have "emerged as frontrunners" to sign Diaw if and when he clears waivers.

2. Ryan Hollins, C

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    Ryan Hollins is young, athletic and stands seven-feet tall.

    In other words, Danny Ainge should be working the phone relentlessly until Hollins lands in Boston.

    Hollins was waived on Tuesday by Cleveland in what is being reported as a "mutual decision," and he can make an immediate impact with his length inside for the Celtics.

    It wouldn't be surprising to see Hollins land in Boston very near future.

1. Ronny Turiaf, PF/C

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    Ronny Turiaf is a really interesting candidate for the Celtics because he hasn't played much this season.

    The veteran played just four games with the Wizards before breaking his hand and being traded to Denver at the deadline, but he was waived by the Nuggets upon being acquired and is now set to pick his new team.

    Turiaf's agent, Mark Bartelstein told Brian Windhorst of ESPN that his client will make a decision by Wednesday and that both Boston and Miami were at the top of the list.

    He would be slightly undersized at center, but he isn't afraid to play physical and won't back down from anyone who challenges him near the rim.

    Update: Turiaf is expected to sign with the Miami Heat on Wednesday, a tough blow for the Celtics.

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