Earlier this month, when he contacted the Globe, Scalabrine said he and the Celtics were in discussions. Last week, Celtics president Danny Ainge said nothing had changed.
At the camp, though, Scalabrine looked and sounded upbeat, hoisting children in the air, taking jump shots with campers and joking about a the possibility of playing with Shaquille O’Neal.
With Perkins out indefinitely due to the long rehabilitation, that might leave room for Scalabrine, a career reserve who has never averaged more than four points per game in green. But the 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward continues to hear the nagging rumors that Boston is interested an another noted wide body, Shaquille O’Neal.
In limbo and awaiting the domino effect, Scalabrine hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
“Me and Shaq’s games are really quite similar. He’s an inside player. I’m an inside player. He’s 360. I’m 250,” said Scalabrine, the expression on his face hardly changing. “I don’t know, if they had to make that choice that there’s only going be room for one 360-pound center, I feel like they could do both. They could have me and him.”
The free agent was in Maine for what has become his annual appearance at Seeds of Peace, the lakeside, international youth camp.