Report: Celtics on verge of nabbing West

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Report: Celtics on verge of nabbing West

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics are reportedly on the verge of adding yet another power forward to the mix in David West.

According to NBA.com, the C's would acquire West via sign-and-trade from New Orleans.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Jermaine O'Neal and another player would be included in the deal, and that West would receive a three year contract worth more than 27 million.

CSNNE.com has learned that the deal has lost some steam, but both sides are expected to re-engage in talks on Saturday.

O'Neal has said repeatedly that the only reason he returned this season, was to compete for an NBA title.

The Hornets are not expected to make the playoffs, let alone compete for an NBA championship.

A source close to O'Neal told CSNNE.com that if he were to be traded to the Hornets, O'Neal would immediately ask them to be waived.

Once he clears waivers, the same source said that O'Neal would try to latch on with a title contender.

At the top of that list would be the Miami Heat, the team O'Neal played for prior to signing with the Celtics in the summer of 2010.

The acquisition of West would certainly bolster the Celtics frontline with a player who is a proven scorer in this league.

The two-time all-star is a 16.4 points per game scorer throughout his career, and averages 7.3 rebounds per game.

But if there's a knock on the 6-foot-9, 240 pound forward, it's his health.

West suffered a season-ending ACL injury in his left knee which - for now at least - isn't a concern.

Still, the idea of adding West gives the Celtics increased depth at the power forward position.

But in trading O'Neal, the Celtics would be shipping out their only center with experience.

On Friday, the C's announced a number of signings.

Among them was Greg Stiemsma, a 6-11 center who has never played in the NBA after two solid years with the Sioux Falls Sky Force of the NBA's D-League.

Highlights: Boston Celtics 109, Indiana Pacers 100

Highlights: Boston Celtics 109, Indiana Pacers 100

Catch the highlights of the Boston Celtics 109-100 win over the Indiana Pacers at home and hear from Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Al Horford.

Bradley 'not even tired' after playing 39 minutes vs. Pacers

Bradley 'not even tired' after playing 39 minutes vs. Pacers

BOSTON – As Avery Bradley made his way to the middle of the post-game media scrum inside the Boston Celtics locker room, he was informed that he had played 39 minutes in their 109-100 win over Indiana.

“I played 39?” Bradley said. “Man, I’m not even tired.”

And that may be the clearest sign to date that Bradley, a defensive pest who has been pestered by injuries this season, is as healthy as we’ve seen him in some time.

In addition to scoring 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, he also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out a couple of assists, had a steal and was the head of the defensive snake that made life as hard as possible on Paul George who still managed to have a big night scoring the ball.

For Bradley to play so many minutes is a bit of a surprise when you consider how overcautious the Celtics were with his return from a right Achilles injury that kept him out for 18 straight games.

Bradley attributes the Celtics having some time off leading up Wednesday’s game.

“It was good for us and we were definitely prepared (on Wednesday),” Bradley said. “And it showed we’re improving every day as a team. We’re really locking in when we need to.”

And while he was one of three different primary defenders on George (Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder were the others), Bradley was the guy head coach Brad Stevens turned to most consistently down the stretch.

Bradley was the only Celtic to play all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter. The only other players that were on the floor for the entire fourth quarter, were Indiana's Monta Ellis and George.

You think Bradley was out there to shut down (2-for-10 from the field) Ellis?

Uh … nope!

“He (Bradley) was on Paul some,” Stevens said. “Not the whole time he was in. Marcus (Smart) guarded him a lot. Jae (Crowder) guarded him some as well. We just felt like we had to rotate bodies on them. I did not plan on playing Avery quite that many minutes.”

Stevens put Bradley back in the game to start the second and fourth quarters, something he normally does for Terry Rozier who did not play (coaches decision).

“And he maybe sat a minute at the end of the second,” Stevens said. “So that’s 24 minutes and usually it’s about twelve-to-fifteen.”

The additional playing time is something Bradley certainly isn’t going to ever complain about.

The same holds true for the Celtics having clinched a playoff spot prior to Wednesday’s tip-off.

“I don’t think anyone talked about it,” Bradley said. “We were just treating this like any other game, try to be prepared, go out there and execute the offensive game plan … I feel we did a great job of doing that.”

Indeed, the Celtics are playing with a flow and overall rhythm that’s making it extremely tough on their foes.

“If you look at their roster, everybody knows what to expect out of everybody,” said Paul George. “There’s never a moment where a guy is like, ‘What kind of shot are you taking?’ or ‘what are you doing?’ They are beyond that.”