Celtics to sign Sasha Pavlovic


Celtics to sign Sasha Pavlovic

By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON The Boston Celtics have been shaking up their roster for the past week.

And Danny Ainge isn't done.

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The C's got some much-needed depth in the frontcourt by signing Troy Murphy on Wednesday.

Ainge will add at least one more player to the mix, with the Celtics coming to terms with veteran guardforward Sasha Pavlovic.

Pavlovic split time this season between New Orleans and Dallas this season. He spent 10 games with the Mavericks, which included six starts.

His signing is expected to become official on Thursday, and he'll likely suit up for the Celtics for Friday's game against Golden State.

The addition of Pavlovic gives the Celtics added depth at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Prior to coming to terms with Pavlovic, Ainge told CSNNE.com on Wednesday that he was planning to "shore up our perimeter, try to find another wing player."

Ainge was hopeful that the wing player he would have added would have been 6-foot-8 Corey Brewer, who instead signed a multiyear deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Not only will Brewer earn more money, but he also has a chance to compete for a starting job on a Mavericks team that's among a handful of legitimate title contenders.

"Dallas is a good team, too," said Ainge, who acknowledged the C's did have conversations with Brewer's camp prior to him selecting Dallas. "Corey's going to Dallas. They're a good team."

One of the things that made Pavlovic attractive to the Celtics is his size.

At 6-7, 235 pounds, Pavlovic gives the Celtics the kind of size off the bench that for the most part, they have been lacking this season.

"We have Delonte West and he can play the two, but he's a little smaller," said Ainge. "We'd like to be able to play a little bigger guy."

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Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through,  which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.