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Celtics Question of the Day: What free agent would you want on C's?

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Celtics Question of the Day: What free agent would you want on C's?

If you happen to run into Danny Ainge and he's sporting an ear-to-ear grin, it might have something to do with the Boston Celtics roster he has assembled heading into the 2012-2013 season.

He brought back most of his core players and added both youth (Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo) and young veterans (Courtney Lee, Jeff Green) to the mix that should make for a more versatile Celtics squad this season.

On Thursday, CSNNE.com learned that the C's were also adding former No. 2 overall pick Darko Milicic to the roster next week, bolstering what's shaping into one of the league's deepest frontcourts.

No matter how much talent Ainge assembles or how many wins the C's tally, he will always keep an eye out for adding players that he believes will make the Celtics even better.

Even though salary cap restrictions have essentially tied his hands with the current roster heading into training camp, you can bet Ainge has a wish list of players he wouldn't mind scooping up.

What about you, Celtics Nation?

Who would you like to see donning a C's uniform at some point this season that's currently alone and unattached to any teams?

Considering the Celtics have had so many rebounding issues in recent years, you can't have a list like this and not include Kenyon Martin.

At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Martin is arguably the best front court player unsigned during this offseason.

It wasn't that long ago that a case could be made for Martin ranking among the NBA's elite power forwards. However, knee injuries have taken away much of his explosiveness.

For a player who played as much above the rim as he did, having no hops equates to no hope of landing the big money contract Martin is apparently holding out for now.

The C's could definitely benefit from having a player with Martin's talent. But you have to wonder if he's ready to accept the kind of role he would be asked to play in Boston, one that would involve him seeing spot duty behind a pretty deep frontcourt that includes Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass starting, with Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo or Jason Collins possibly as the team's fifth big man.

If the Celtics decided they needed to add another shooter, one name to keep an eye on is Michael Redd.

Never known for his athleticism, multiple knee injuries have had no impact on what Redd has been able to do since he came into the NBA and that's shoot the ball. He is a veteran who is clearly wanting to be part of a winning franchise as he nears the end of his playing career. He would only be a player Boston would consider if one of the current perimeter players went down with an injury that would keep them sidelined for a significant amount of time. And even in that instance, his struggles defensively might be enough for Boston to look elsewhere.

Although Boston seems pretty stacked on the perimeter, they still don't have an athletic, perimeter defensive specialist-type. Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley will do a nice job, but the C's have had success of late in part because they could trot out a 6-foot-5 or taller defender like James Posey, Tony Allen or at times last season, Mickael Pietrus.

Pietrus is still available, although the C's interest in him was luke warm at best. Another athletic wing with great promise as a defender is Terrence Williams. However, the fact that he has been passed over by team after team despite what one NBA scout said was, "off the charts, ridiculous athleticism," certainly raises some concerns.

But hey, this is just a wish list, right?

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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