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Fri, 03/16/2012 - 3:20pm  

Rivers: Chris Johnson 'an option'

SACRAMENTO -- Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Celtics will turn their attention to the veteran free agent market in their quest for a big man. Players must be bought out of their contracts and waived by March 23 to be eligible for the postseason roster and while they need someone, there are no guarantees. The Celtics struck gold with Sam Cassell and PJ Brown, who they coaxed out of retirement, but had less success with Mikki Moore and Troy Murphy, to name two.

"It’s gone 50-50. That’s probably why they’ve been bought out," coach Doc Rivers said. "Usually when a guy’s been bought out it’s because the other team is pretty much given up on him and we’re thinking we can resurrect whatever we see. Or sometimes a guy’s just not happy in the place where he’s at. It’s always a risk, but in our case it wouldn’t be much of a risk if the guy was over 6-6. He would still be tall."

One player who has been waived is one-time Celtic Chris Johnson, whom the team signed to a 10-day contract last season. He was let go by the Blazers who went into a full rebuilding mode at the trade deadline. The 6-foot-11 Johnson played in 20 games for the Blazers and is known as a shot-blocker.

"We’re looking at everybody but Chris is an absolute option," Rivers said. "No doubt."

As for his own player, Rivers said there was nothing new on Jermaine O'Neal.

"I’m completely out of that. I stay out of that part," Rivers said. "If he comes back, he comes back. If he doesn’t, we’ve been pretty good. Clearly we would like another big though."   

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