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Nocioni’s name is being floated

Gary Washburn and Frank Dell’Apa

With the Celtics having lost three of their past five games, and their lineup struggling with outside shooting, rumors are beginning to surface about potential trades.While the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to rid themselves of the underachieving Samuel Dalembert and the Sacramento Kings are seeking to deal the disgruntled Kenny Thomas, the Celtics have been rumored to be part a three-way deal that would send Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine, and J.R. Giddens out of Boston and net them the Kings’ Andres Nocioni.

An ESPN report said there have been discussions to send Allen, Scalabrine, and Thomas to Philadelphia and Giddens to Sacramento along with Dalembert while the Celtics would get the fiery forward from Argentina.

According to two NBA sources, the Celtics have not had any conversations with Sacramento and Philadelphia about such a deal. And one of those sources said the Celtics had not contacted Sacramento about Nocioni.

The problem is not the player. Nocioni is a career 37 percent shooter from the 3-point line and is a solid rebounder for a swingman. But he signed a five-year, $38 million contract in July 2007 and has nearly three years and $21 million remaining on that deal.

The Celtics, who just committed $55 million to Rajon Rondo, still have to decide whether to re-sign Ray Allen and may negotiate an extension with Paul Pierce, so they are hesitant to add a player signed through 2012. The Celtics could use Nocioni’s shooting and toughness, but not with that contract.


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