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: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup