Celtics hope to get shot at Michael Finley

Mark Murphy

The Celtics have identified what is believed to be a relatively small
field of potential free agents now that the deadline for player buyouts
has passed.

A Celtics source confirmed yesterday the primary target is veteran
swingman Michael Finley, who was bought out of his contract by San
Antonio on Monday. Finley is expected to clear waivers tonight. The
team also is interested, to a lesser degree, in free agent guard Larry

But Finley clearly has a rapt audience in the Celtics, who admittedly could use another shooter even after trading for Nate Robinson last week.

“Every team has some holes, and shooting is something we can’t have enough of,” Doc Rivers said after yesterday morning’s shootaround. “You look at some of these other teams, their shooting was ridiculous.”

Finley certainly has filled that role for the Spurs in recent years.

He’s also a player close to the Celtics coach’s heart, if only because of his roots.

Like Rivers and the Lakers’ Shannon Brown, Finley graduated from Chicago’s Proviso East High School.

“It’s another Proviso kid, they’re all good,” Rivers said. “Well, actually, Michael was probably the best. But we’re looking around. I don’t know if I can even say anything about Michael yet.

“But I don’t think a veteran ever hurts. It always helps if it’s the right one.”

The Celtics will compete with the usual playoff suspects for Finley, reportedly including the Lakers, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Mavericks and Jazz.


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