With news that the San Antonio Spurs were parting ways with veteran shooter Michael Finley, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he could “definitely” see the Celtics adding another player.
Not knowing whether it was safe to comment on Finley, who was waived Monday by the Spurs upon his request, Rivers was reluctant to elaborate, jokingly calling him “the second or third best player out of Proviso-East,” Rivers’ alma mater.
The Celtics are considering bringing Finley in to fill one of their two remaining roster spots, according to NBA sources.
This is not the Finley from his vintage days or even a few years ago. He scored five points in 78 minutes in February on 2-for-16 shooting, losing his minutes to Keith Bogans and George Hill. Finley has played in 25 games this season, limited because of a sprained left ankle. Finley asked for his release after being relegated to a minor role. He did not play in Sunday’s win over Phoenix and went scoreless in 21 minutes on Feb. 24 vs. Oklahoma City.
But Finley, who won a championship with the Spurs in 2007, would bring additional experience and shooting.
“We’re looking around. I don’t even know if I can say anything about Michael. I don’t know what the rules are. He still hasn’t cleared waivers so he’s not officially free.
“I don’t think a veteran ever hurts. I think it always helps your team to have one, if it’s the right one. Every team has some holes. Shooting is one thing we can’t have enough of as far as I’m concerned. You look at some of these other teams, their shooting is ridiculous.”