If the Celtics can’t swing a deal for an A-list star, might they turn their sights to a lesser acquisition that would still improve their team, a la Isaiah Thomas last year?

Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

If the Celtics can’t swing a deal for an A-list star, might they turn their sights to a lesser acquisition that would still improve their team, a la Isaiah Thomas last year?

If so, that player could be Dalino Gallinari.

According to a report from over the weekend on Sportando, a website that tracks worldwide basketball, the Celtics have interest in the Nuggets’ sharpshooter, who’s in the midst of his best season.

The 6-foot-10 Italian, the No. 6 overall pick by the Knicks in the 2008 draft, has rebounded from 2014 knee surgery to post the best numbers of his career. He’s averaging 19.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, both career highs, and he ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in free throws made (291, 5th) and attempted (333, 9th).

That the Celtics would have interest shouldn’t be a surprise, since the Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported over the summer that Gallinari was a potential target of Celtics president Danny Ainge and that the sides had discussed a deal.

Gallinari, 27, is signed through the 2017-18 season on a two-year, $34 million extension.

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WEEI

High-flying Blake Griffin would look great in Celtics green. (USA Today)Danny Ainge's approach to rebuilding may very well trace to Oct. 28, 2012.



According to a report from CSNNE, Celtics president Danny Ainge has spoken to representatives for forward David Lee about his

According to a report from CSNNE, Celtics president Danny Ainge has spoken to representatives for forward David Lee about his future with the team.

Lee, who has not played in the last 12 games, is a free agent after the season. The 6-foot-9 power forward has lost his spot in the rotation with the Celtics deciding to shift to a smaller lineup featuring the versatile Jae Crowder at the 4.

Both Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens have praised Lee’s willingness to make the best of what everyone recognizes is a less-than-ideal situation. The 32-year-old former All-Star is a skilled scorer in the post, but not necessarily a fit in Stevens’ offense, which is built more around ball movement and 3-point shooting.

“All the success he has had in the NBA ‘€¦ he has dealt with it right,” Ainge told CSNNE.com. “He knows an opportunity is going to come to him at some points. He’s staying ready.”

Ainge declined to disclose what he told Lee’s camp, and there are no indications the forward has requested a trade in advance of the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Lee is averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He’s only two years removed from going for 18.2 and 9.3 in Golden State.

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John Tomase

The Celtics saw their five-game winning streak snapped in a 119-114 loss to the Magic on Sunday in Orlando.

The hosts prevailed on the strength of a 72-point second half, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to lead by as many as 11 in the fourth.

Jan 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) shoots around Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) shoots around Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Snapping their five-game winning streak, the Celtics were defeated by the Orlando Magic 119-114 on Sunday Night in Orlando.

The Magic scored 72 points while dominating the second half. Orlando came back from down 14-points in the third quarter to eventually lead by as 10 late in the fourth.

The Celtics made a last ditch effort in the final minute, cutting the deficit to 3 with 14 seconds left to play, but comeback came up short.

Evan Fournier and rookie Mario Herzonja led the Magic, scoring to XX and XX respectively off the bench. Four other Magic scored in double-figures.

Marcus Smart matched his career-high of 26 points. Isaiah Thomas had 23 and  Avery Bradley added 22 in the loss.

The (27-22) Celtics are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks with the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference, one-half behind the Chicago Bulls.

For a complete box score, click here.

STUD OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart

Tonight Marcus Smart continued his hot streak from distance, hitting a season-high five three pointers. Ever since Winter Storm Jonas, where he used an extra practice to practice his stroke, Smart has shot better than 50 percent from behind the three point line.

DUD OF THE NIGHT Jae Crowder

It was a rare off-night for Crowder, who has been of the Celtics most consistent performers this season. He finished with only 5 points and 5 rebounds. The team was also a -15 in his 25 minutes.

VINE OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart channels his inner Steph Curry to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter. This was Smart’s third made three in 54 seconds.

WHINE OF THE NIGHT Inconsistent Sully

After a double-double on Friday, Sullinger only grabbed four rebounds and scored five points in 17 minutes. The Celtics could have used his production, as they were out-rebounded 50-21 and outscored in the paint 46-32 in the paint.

STAT OF THE NIGHT Live by the Three, Die by the Three

The Celtics shot 58% from three in the first quarter, making 7-of-12. In the final three quarters, the C’s kept chucking but did not find the same success, finishing 16-46 from beyond the arc. The 46-attempts were a season high for the Celtics, as were the 30 misses.

@ OF THE NIGHT

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Sam Packard

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics have shown in interest in some very interesting players.

Al Horford

Al Horford

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics have shown in interest in some very interesting players.

Reporting on Friday night’s Celtics broadcast, Mannix said that Danny Ainge has shown some interest in Atlanta’s players, including Jeff Teague and Al Horford.

“Atlanta, I’€™ve been told, is ready to turn the page, to give the team to Dennis Schroeder, their young point guard, who is ready to step up and be a starter,” Mannix said. “Teague is available because Teague has some value. He has another year left on his contract, about $8 million per year, and teams across the league are looking to get him.”

Mannix continued, “I’€™ve heard that Boston’€™s inquired about several players with Atlanta, Teague and Al Horford. Teague might seem like a weird fit with this team because they already have point guards, but he is an asset, He’€™s someone the Celtics could be interested in.

“Horford, a little more difficult. It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he’€™s going to command a salary north of $20 million next year. But as we know and as I just said, (president of basketball operations) Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that, too.”

Atlanta is currently tied for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference at 27-21, with the 29 year old Horford averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Teague, 27, 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per contest.

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WEEI

The depth is real.

Led by their bench, the Boston Celtics dominated the Orlando Magic 112-94 on Friday night at the TD Garden.