Rivers: White close to joining Celtics

Rivers: White close to joining Celtics
February 22, 2013, 8:30 pm
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PHOENIX — The Boston Celtics continue to tap into the China market for basketball talent.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the C's are close to signing former NBAer D.J. White to a 10-day contract.

White, who spent five seasons in the NBA split between Oklahoma City and Charlotte, spent this past season with the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association.

With the Sharks, he averaged 21.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

And in five NBA seasons, the 6-foot-8 forward has career averages of 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 50.7 percent from the field.

It is unclear if White will be available for Sunday's game at Portland.

"We pretty much think it's a done deal," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "But it's never a done deal until it's done."

The addition of White addresses the most glaring hole in the C's roster. Following the trade of Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa to Washington for Jordan Crawford, the C's were left with Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo as the lone big men on the Celtics bench.

And it's still unlikely that Melo will see any time other than end-of-the-game action.