Ryan Hollins

Report: Ryan Hollins close to deal with Celtics


And now we reach the garage sale portion of the season, where what one team casts off as useless another team picks up hoping to find something useful.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have bought out and waived center Ryan Hollins, and now the Celtics are close to inking a deal with him, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Hollins has cleared waivers and a deal could be done today, or if not tomorrow.

To make way, the Celtics will likely waive Chris Wilcox, who is out for the season due to a heart condition. No Wilcox and the loss of Jermaine O’Neal for the season do to a wrist injury Boston needed some size. Hollins is seven feet tall.

Celtics fans, before you get too excited, remember this — the Cleveland Cavaliers just let him go. He just got into over half the games for that squad. He has a PER of 7. He doesn’t really rebound. He’s pretty limited on offense.

That said, GM Danny Ainge told Blakely that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce like this signing (they played with him in the summer out at UCLA, where Hollins went to school).

Ainge said Garnett and Pierce urged him this summer to try and sign Hollins.

“They really liked his game and the way he could play with them,” Ainge said. “I think he would fit in well with what we do.”

At this point, beggars can’t be choosers. Expect this to become official soon.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.