ORLANDO, Fla. The Boston Celtics are very much in the market for adding a big man, and may not have to go too far to find one -- 90 miles, actually.
Free agency and trades are options, but the C's haven't ruled out dipping into the D-League, either.
One of the top D-League centers is Jeff Foote, who plays for the Springfield Armor.
Foote had four points and seven rebounds in the D-League all-star game this weekend, told CSNNE.com that he's well aware that the Celtics are in the market for some help in the frontcourt. With the Armor, he's averaging 15 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game.
But the C's may have some competition for the 7-foot, 265-pound Cornell graduate.
Foote has been getting some feelers from the New Jersey Nets, one of the Armor's NBA affiliate teams. He was supposed to have a workout with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he said it had to be canceled because it conflicted with a D-League game.
Needless to say, the 24-year-old feels good about his chances of being in the NBA soon.
"It's one of those situations where I feel I'm right there," Foote said. "I'll just keep plugging away."
Foote adds that while getting to the NBA is his goal, he's more focused on improving his overall play.
One scout who has watched him dating back to his days at Cornell, said he has improved his game in most areas.
"The big thing with him, is he's a smart player," the scout said. "I know, big surprise from a Cornell kid. But he just has a good feel for how to play, how to fit into whatever system. He's not a starting NBA center or even a backup right now. But if you need a No. 3, he might be able to help you."
Said Foote: "I've always assumed the better I play, somebody will take a shot on me. It's (playing in the NBA) is definitely a goal, but right now, I'm in the Development League trying to develop my game."