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Celtics Question of the Day: What free agent would you want on C's?

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Celtics Question of the Day: What free agent would you want on C's?

If you happen to run into Danny Ainge and he's sporting an ear-to-ear grin, it might have something to do with the Boston Celtics roster he has assembled heading into the 2012-2013 season.

He brought back most of his core players and added both youth (Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo) and young veterans (Courtney Lee, Jeff Green) to the mix that should make for a more versatile Celtics squad this season.

On Thursday, CSNNE.com learned that the C's were also adding former No. 2 overall pick Darko Milicic to the roster next week, bolstering what's shaping into one of the league's deepest frontcourts.

No matter how much talent Ainge assembles or how many wins the C's tally, he will always keep an eye out for adding players that he believes will make the Celtics even better.

Even though salary cap restrictions have essentially tied his hands with the current roster heading into training camp, you can bet Ainge has a wish list of players he wouldn't mind scooping up.

What about you, Celtics Nation?

Who would you like to see donning a C's uniform at some point this season that's currently alone and unattached to any teams?

Considering the Celtics have had so many rebounding issues in recent years, you can't have a list like this and not include Kenyon Martin.

At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Martin is arguably the best front court player unsigned during this offseason.

It wasn't that long ago that a case could be made for Martin ranking among the NBA's elite power forwards. However, knee injuries have taken away much of his explosiveness.

For a player who played as much above the rim as he did, having no hops equates to no hope of landing the big money contract Martin is apparently holding out for now.

The C's could definitely benefit from having a player with Martin's talent. But you have to wonder if he's ready to accept the kind of role he would be asked to play in Boston, one that would involve him seeing spot duty behind a pretty deep frontcourt that includes Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass starting, with Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo or Jason Collins possibly as the team's fifth big man.

If the Celtics decided they needed to add another shooter, one name to keep an eye on is Michael Redd.

Never known for his athleticism, multiple knee injuries have had no impact on what Redd has been able to do since he came into the NBA and that's shoot the ball. He is a veteran who is clearly wanting to be part of a winning franchise as he nears the end of his playing career. He would only be a player Boston would consider if one of the current perimeter players went down with an injury that would keep them sidelined for a significant amount of time. And even in that instance, his struggles defensively might be enough for Boston to look elsewhere.

Although Boston seems pretty stacked on the perimeter, they still don't have an athletic, perimeter defensive specialist-type. Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley will do a nice job, but the C's have had success of late in part because they could trot out a 6-foot-5 or taller defender like James Posey, Tony Allen or at times last season, Mickael Pietrus.

Pietrus is still available, although the C's interest in him was luke warm at best. Another athletic wing with great promise as a defender is Terrence Williams. However, the fact that he has been passed over by team after team despite what one NBA scout said was, "off the charts, ridiculous athleticism," certainly raises some concerns.

But hey, this is just a wish list, right?

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Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Many people think Kevin Durant-to-the-Celtics is a pipe dream.

But Bobby Marks of The Vertical isn't one of them.

Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Gio and Jones Show, Marks said Durant's decision on where to play next year will be based on "a lot of different things. Does he go the one-year route that a lot of us think might be in play to get his years of service up to 10 and then next year he can really cash out? Can you win a championship going forward? I think that eliminates more than a handful of teams here, and then there’s also that stability factor and just how challenging it’s going to be for them to fit him in (from) a cap standpoint.

"Most of these teams that he will meet with will have to really gut a little bit of their roster outside of Oklahoma City and Boston.”

Boston?

“Boston is kind of a wild card here,” Marks said. “They’re in the East, so you don’t have to bang your head against San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Yes, you would have the NBA champs in your back yard with Cleveland, but basically you would really just have them and Toronto.

"And Boston’s got a lot of ways to improve in the future (with all of of their draft picks). Durant could walk into the Celtics meeting room and say, ‘Hey, I want to play with Al Horford,’ and they’ll be able to create room to do so. That’s why I kind of put Boston up there along with Oklahoma City.”