The Boston Celtics announced the signing late last week of free agent forward D.J. White, who was previously playing overseas in China. We last saw White in the NBA last season when he was coming off the bench for the Charlotte Bobcats. He was probably the best available free agent big man and is still young compared to a guy like P.J. Brown, who the Celtics signed around this time period during their championship run a few years ago.
White was originally drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Indiana. He never played for the Pistons, immediately being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played sparingly in Oklahoma City and is mostly seen around the league as just another guy.
The Celtics have some roster spots available and it makes sense to sign White to a ten day deal to see if he can offer them anything. He will probably need to be signed to an additional ten day contract as his paperwork has taken a long time to be approved since making the move back from China. It remains to be seen if he will get much playing time at all. The Celtics are obviously set with the key part of their front court rotation and Chris Wilcox seems to be head coach Doc Rivers preferred option as the team’s fourth big man. White could get some minutes in relief of Kevin Garnett, who sat out Sunday’s game against the Portland Trailblazers to catch his breath. Rivers figures to ease up on Garnett’s minutes as we get into March, seeing that the team seems locked into a playoff berth. There is no need to wear Garnett out to win a couple extra games. Rivers probably doesn’t care at all where he is seeded as they will have to start out on the road in the playoffs anyway.
D.J. White adds depth to this Celtics roster but it is unclear if his stay will be a lengthy one.
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