Report: Ryan Hollins close to deal with Celtics

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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.