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Celtics close to bringing in 6-foot-9-inch D.J. White

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  February 22, 2013 08:56 PM

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PHOENIX – Thin on their frontline, the Celtics are close to signing 6-foot-9-inch D.J. White, a four-year NBA veteran who most recently played in China.

The Celtics hadn’t officially signed White as of Friday, when they played the Phoenix Suns here, but Doc Rivers said, “We pretty much think it’s a done deal.”

There are paperwork issues to be filled out, just as there were with Terrence Williams, who signed a 10-day contract with the Celtics after playing in China. However, Rivers said he’s been told White’s case will be “easier” than Williams’s.

It’s unclear what deal the Celtics plan to sign White to, but regardless, his presence would help shore up a frontline that is two centers deep: Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo.

The Celtics’ frontline lost a center Thursday when they traded veteran center Jason Collins and guard Leandro Barbosa to Washington for guard Jordan Crawford.

White played at Indiana University with Crawford and then was drafted in the first round by Detroit in 2009. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played 42 games in three seasons, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.

White was traded to Charlotte in 2011, and he played 72 games for the Bobcats, averaging 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. And in 32 games for the Shanghai Sharks this season, White has averaged 21.6 points and 9.7 rebounds.

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