In a way, the Celtics are searching for the next P.J. Brown, who was signed by Boston in late February 2008 and played a small but important role for the NBA champs.
Having already endured its lumps, Boston has preached patience in its search for a big man. The team is eager to see who lands on the buyout scrapheap.
The first viable option may be Ronny Turiaf, who was waived by Denver after being received as part of the three-way deal involving JaVale McGee, Nene and Nick Young between the Nuggets, Clippers and Wizards.
The Clippers have acquired Nick Young from Washington in a three-way trade, according to a source.
Washington will acquire Nene, while JaVale McGee goes to the Nuggets.
Brian Cook and a pick will be sent out by the Clippers.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas left the team’s preseason game against the Bucks on Thursday night with a strained right groin.
Arenas admitted on Tuesday night that he faked a knee injury supposedly to open up more time for teammate Nick Young in Washington’s exhibition home opener.
On Thursday, Arenas last just three minutes before exiting with the groin injury. Wizards coach Flip Saunders fined Arenas for the fake injury Tuesday. Before Thursday’s game, he was not eager to revisit the incident.
“That’s over with. I’m not going to get into it,” Saunders said. “I’ve done enough.”
Gilbert Arenas says the knee injury that kept him out of the Wizards’ preseason home opener was not an injury at all, but a ruse designed to get a teammate more playing time.
Washington coach Flip Saunders said before Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks that Arenas’ knee was bothering him.
“His knee is acting up and is a little sore, and it looks like he’s going to sit this one out,” Saunders said. But after the game, Arenas revealed his scheme to get Nick Young into the starting lineup.
“I told [Young] I’d sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the [small forward] position, especially since we’re going three guards,” Arenas said, smiling.