Mannix: Celtics should pursue Pau Gasol

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Mannix: Celtics should pursue Pau Gasol

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joins SportsNet Central to discuss what moves he would try to make if he were Danny Ainge.

The Celtics are fresh off a beatdown by the L.A. Clippers, a game in which the C's scored a season-low 77 points. How much of that is attributable to a bad Celtics performance, and how much is attributable to the Clippers being a really good team?

Mannix believes the Clippers may be the best team in the NBA so he's inclined to give more credit to Clippers, but he does see room for improvement in Boston.

Mannix recalled his preseason prediction: "I don't think that Kevin Garnett can hold up at the center spot and I stand by that. I think that is the Celtics biggest weakness."

What alternatives might be out there?

"I would be aggressive whether it's free agency or trades, I would look everywhere to find front court help," said Mannix. "We hate dealing with the Lakers here in Boston, but I think that Pau Gasol is someone I would aggressively pursue if the Lakers start to continue their slide in the month of January."

Could the Celtics put together a package that would appeal to the Lakers? All of that remains to be seen.

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Friday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Brentz starts in LF

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Friday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Brentz starts in LF

It won’t take long for Bryce Brentz to get used to the major leagues again. Called up Friday after Chris Young was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Brentz gets the start in left field as the Red Sox open a three-game series tonight against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas (8:05 p.m.). 

Brentz, 27, who was hitting .278 with three homers and 17 RBI at Pawtucket, will make his first major league appearance since 2014 and bat seventh against Texas left-hander Nick Martinez (1-1, 5.14 ERA).  David Price starts (8-4, 4.24) starts for Boston. 

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Christian Vazquez C

David Price LHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ryan Rua LF
Prince Fielder DH
Elvis Andrus SS
Roughned Odor 2B
Jurickson Profar 1B
Bobby Wilson C

Nick Martinez LHP