One upon a time, Danny Ainge tried hard to get Antonio McDyess to sign with the Celtics as a free agent. We may be about to see a replay.McDyess chose the Pistons over the Celts in 2004, and he may do so again this time if, as expected, the Nuggets buy out his contract. McDyess went to Denver in the Chauncey Billups-Allen Iverson trade, but he was needed more to make the salaries match.
There is talk he'll go back to Detroit after the NBA-mandated 30-day waiting period, but there are reports McDyess was upset by the trade. On the other hand, he said after last season that he didn't want to be chasing a ring and going from team to team.
The Celtics obviously cannot comment on a player belonging to another team, but, as noted, Ainge liked him once, and the team still has the need for a big man. They had hoped Patrick O'Bryant would move into the role vacated by P.J. Brown, but he is having trouble fitting in (see below).
That leaves Leon Powe and Glen Davis behind Kendrick Perkins, and while both have done well, the team clearly needs someone taller than 6-8. McDyess is a power forward, but, truly, so are Powe and Davis. And he would fit well with Kevin Garnett.
CELTICS 96, THUNDER 83: The Celtics allowed host Oklahoma City 29 points in the first quarter Wednesday, but then they got serious. The Thunder shot just 25 percent over the next two periods and but 37 percent for the game. That gave the Celts a second straight win on their three-game road trip after a Saturday loss to Indiana.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Ray Allen had 18 points and Kevin Garnett added 17. The Celtics were down by eight after one quarter but outscored the Thunder, 30-15, in the second frame.