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Report: Deal could net Nocioni for Celtics

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  November 17, 2009 11:25 AM

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More than once the past couple of season, Andres Nocioni, the sharpshooting former Chicago forward now with Sacramento, has been mentioned as a player who appeals to the Celtics.

Apparently, the appeal is still going strong. According to a report on ESPN.com this morning, there's a chance that a three-way deal sending Nocioni to Boston could be in the making, with the Celtics sending Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine to Philadelphia and J.R. Giddens to Sacramento in a swap that would also include Sixers big man Samuel Dalembert and Kings forward Kenny Thomas.

In explaining the big-picture implications as well as premise of the possible deal, which reportedly began with a straight-up swap of Thomas for Dalembert, ESPN's Marc Stein wrote the site's True Hoop blog:

Boston has had interest in Nocioni from the minute Sacramento acquired him in February in the deal that dispatched Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago. That said, Boston has also been hesitant since February about acting upon that interest because Nocioni has three years and more than $20 million left on his contract after this season. That's a lot of long-term cash for the Celts to take on -- even if Nocioni turned out to be a James Posey-style Mr. Versatile for them -- after they just signed Rajon Rondo to a lucrative extension and with decisions about the futures of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen looming. So Boston pulling out because of financial concerns likely ranks as the biggest impediment to this deal.

Nocioni, 30, is averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists for the Kings so far this season. In his six season career, he averages 11.9 rebounds and 5 assists per game while shooting 37.2 percent from 3-point range.

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So tell us what you think, Celtics fans. Is the chance to add a player of Nocioni's talent to their already deep bench worth adding the salary remaining on his contract? Or should the Celtics retain Scalabrine, Allen, and Giddens and pass on any involvement in the Kings-Sixers trade talks?

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