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The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away. While the Boston Celtics are not expected to make any major moves, the news that Chris Wilcox won't be returning this season due to upcoming aortic surgery paired with the uncertainty surrounding Jermaine O'Neal leaves the team with a lack of size. And it doesn't look like Chris Kaman will be a possibility unless the Celtics want to part with one of the Big 3.

This leaves me with 2 wishes for bench bigs: former Celtics Leon Powe and Semih Erden. Both are familiar with the Celtics system and would probably have less of an adjustment joining the team than a complete newcomer. And while Semih might be a reach, Powe seems more of a possibility.

Shortly after the Wilcox announcement today, news circulated Twitter that Leon Powe just left Atleticos de San German, the Puerto Rican team he was playing for. Coincidence? Could Powe be on a plane back to Boston as we speak? Or perhaps another NBA team has their sights set on him. Powe has stated previously that he'd like to be back with the Celtics, and he was a big contributor off the bench during the Celtics' 2008 Championship run. With Brandon Bass gaining a starting role and Doc's hesitancy to play the rookies, Powe's presence at power forward could help our second unit.

Meanwhile, options at the center position are slim. And the Cleveland Cavaliers don't seem to be using Semih Erden much. While Semih-Automatic has holes in his game, he is a 7 footer with a lot of potential who also has expressed that he'd like to return to Boston after he becomes a free agent this summer. Cleveland was willing to work with Danny at the trade deadline last year, so perhaps they might be willing to part with Semih in return for Marquis or any other small deal that Ainge might be able to conjure up.

What would you like to see transpire in the next 17 hours?

Danielle Hobeika 3/14/2012 10:12:00 PM Edit
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