WALTHAM With only six players under contract, new blood is a given for the Boston Celtics roster this season.
But that doesn't mean the C's have totally turned their backs on free agents who played with the team last season.
Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, confirmed that the Celtics are indeed interested in a number of free agents from last season's roster.
Restricted free agent Jeff Green is the most likely among the free agents to return to the C's this season.
Green was a key part of the Kendrick Perkins trade in February. Although his numbers with the Celtics last season (9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds in 26 games) were pretty good coming off the bench, Green never seemed to deliver the kind of impact that the Celtics were hoping for.
"I was trying too hard to just fit in with what they were doing, and not really playing my game," Green told CSNNE.com recently. "They do such a good job here preaching, 'share the ball, share the ball.' But they needed me to be more aggressive. That's what they needed me to do. That's what I plan to do this season."
In addition to Green, Ainge also expressed the Celtics have reached out to the agents for Glen Davis and Delonte West.
"We've had conversations with their representatives," said Ainge, who added that he has had conversations with a number of representatives recently. "So that would indicate that we have some interest."
With so many holes on their roster, it's a given that having familiar faces will bode well for the Celtics' chances of playing well during this shortened 66-game season which kicks off Christmas Day.
"In a shortened season, it benefits us to stay the course more than it is to change," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "It's clear that teams that have continuity, will have an advantage coming out the gates."