WALTHAM - The Celtics have been players in the buyout market dating back to the 2007-08 championship season.
That year, Boston snagged veteran point guard (and good friend of Kevin Garnett) Sam Cassell, while also bringing in veteran big man P.J. Brown. Those two players had solid roles off the bench for Boston down the stretch and into the postseason all the way until the Celtics beat the Lakers in six games.
The Celtics have also swung and missed during the buyout period (*cough* Troy Murphy *cough*).
This year, though, it doesn't appear like they're going to do either.
Why? Well, as of now anyways, it doesn't look like many players are going to be bought out at all.
Despite recent additions, the Celtics would certainly be willing to bring on proven NBA veteran. But Rivers isn't holding his breath.
"…No one is going to get bought out. We were hoping some of the guys who made the All-Star Team got bought out but none of them will (laughs)," Rivers said. "It's been really quiet. The trade [deadline] was quiet, even though there was a lot of chatter by a lot of people, and I think the buyout. But with buyouts you never know until the last second, a guy just walks in and says, 'I want out,' and the team says, 'yes.' It's rare."
Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert was suspended for one game earlier this week for reportedly being late to a meeting, but Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reported that he won't be receiving a buyout. That would obviously be a dream scenario for the Celtics, but you can't expect the Bucks - a team currently just behind them in the Eastern Conference standings - to allow him to help out another playoff contender.
"We're just going to wait," Rivers said. "That's the only thing you have now. Once the buyout season is over, you basically have overseas guys or free agents who are just out there. And usually they're out there for a reason."
Speaking of overseas guys, Terrence Williams' 10-day contract is almost up, and Doc Rivers wasn't ready to commit to signing him to another 10-day contract just yet.
"I think so, but I don't know yet. We'll see," Rivers said.
The Celtics couldn't replace Rajon Rondo at the trade deadline. They couldn't replace Jared Sullinger either.
The only season-ending injury they felt they could replace was that of Leandro Barbosa's - and C's GM Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers feel they did that by acquiring Wizards guard Jordan Crawford. At least, they hope so.
Like Barbosa, Crawford can be instant offense when he's on. He's not known to be a distributor or much of a defender. He doesn't lack confidence though. When he's inserted into a game there's a chance he could be feeling it early and really help out offensively.
"That's what we're hoping, that he becomes the wild card. A [Leandro] Barbosa in a lot of ways. When he came in you knew what he was going to do. We want to do that with Jordan and I think Jordan right now his conscience is too good. You can see him coming in and trying to come in and be a ball mover. That's not really what he's been and I don't really want him to be that much. I want him to be an aggressive scorer, but I like the fact that he's trying to fit in."
Others have compared Crawford to a Nate Robinson-type player, a comparison Rivers probably wants to steer clear of. Robinson had a tendency to only look for shots at times, even if there were none to be had. Crawford, on the other hand, is more hesitant, at least for now.
"Just adjusting to how they play," Crawford said. "The strategies on both ends. Just looking to come help this team win."
"Winning" isn't something Crawford was used to much with the Wizards. Being traded to a winning team instantly changes things.
"It's a wake-up call," Crawford said. "No time to adjust and help them right away. Don't want to have a period where he's adjusting and trying to fit in."
In wake of Stephen Curry's 54-point outburst at MSG, Paul Pierce was asked what it was like to be "in the zone". As Celtics fans know, Pierce has been in the zone on numerous occasions throughout his career.
“It’s a good feeling. You don’t really know when it’s going to come and when it’s going to go. It’s really hard to explain it. You have to have the mental capacity for it, you have to have the confidence for it, and believe in your ability. When you see players getting in those kind of zones, those are the traits they display on an night-in-and-night-out basis. Maybe not all the time they play that way, but those are the traits they show. They believe in themselves and know they could [get hot] at any given time."