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Report: Celtics close in on former Boston College big man Sean Williams

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  April 19, 2012 06:40 PM

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The Celtics are close to signing free-agent center Sean Williams, league sources tell ESPN.com's Marc Stein. In order to make room for Williams on the roster, the Celtics are expected to waive the injured Jermaine O'Neal.

Williams was waived by the Mavericks on March 22, and he would be playoff eligible if he signed with Boston. The 6-foot-10-inch, 235-pound big man is known as a shot blocker, and he could provide the Celtics with much needed depth in their frontcourt. Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, and Greg Stiemsma are the only three big men the Celtics play comfortably. Ryan Hollins was brought in recently to compete for a bench role.

Williams averaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 8.1 minutes in eight games in Dallas.

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