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NBA / Apr 13, 2010 / 11:00 am

Celtics Add Secret Weapon Right Before The Playoffs

It may seem a little odd that the Boston Celtics are adding a player with just two games left in the regular season, but sometimes it’s little moves like this that pay huge dividends later on. After placing Marcus Landry on waivers last Friday afternoon, Boston wanted to add some size to the roster before the playoffs. And they did just that by signing former UMass forward Tony Gaffney today. For a team looking to meet back up with the Lakers in the NBA Finals, who better to add than a guy that played with Los Angeles for Summer League and training camp this year, making it all the way to the final cut down.

The addition of Gaffney brings the Celtics to 14 active players on the roster, and you might even see the newest member of the team catch a flight to Chicago and dress for the game tonight. After playing this season for Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon club in Israel, apparently Gaffney has remained on the Celtics’ radar. After all, he was originally invited to join the team this past summer in Orlando.

While many people might view Gaffney’s addition as superfluous, he really could be the secret weapon. In his senior season for the Minutemen last year, he averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks (third in the nation) per game. This was good enough to garner Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

“Tony is one kid you wish you could have for twenty years and he brings an unbelievable enthusiasm and energy to the court every day,” said UMass coach Derek Kellogg. “He’s a very, very high energy athlete who plays above the rim.”

So even if he’s just battling the bigs in practice, a 6-9 forward with a 7-2 wingspan can come in handy. Check out some highlights below:

What do you think? Will Gaffney bring anything to Celtics this season?

Source: ProBasketballTalk

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  • 12t

    This is why the Celtics aren’t winning a title this year. If this guy really was on their radar then they should have brought him in instead of Nate Robinson as a breathe of fresh air.

  • Kermit The Washington

    If anyone needs to add a piece for the playoffs, it’s the Lakers. Any point guards or forwards out there we can grab real quick?

  • weng santos

    I love it. Seen the kid play a couple of times. Sound fundamentals and as the guy said, very energetic.

    Like the move. Like adding a birdman with a tad more scoring ability just for the post-season.

    Insurance, in the least, and will make practices tougher.

  • Kermit The Washington

    @ 12t:

    Yeah but…instead of doing that, they added BOTH. Isn’t that better?

  • weng santos

    @ 2.

    What? You got Pau and Lamar and Ron. Those are 3 very good forwards.

  • Kermit The Washington

    pau’s our main center now though ’cause of Bynum. So we got 2 very good forwards, and don’t both of them start now that Bynum’s out? I’m sayin’ we need a PG or a forward for the bench. I’ll give you the forward thing; we need a PG for the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/amazingdesign AmazingDesign

    The old head celtics, still aren’t going to $hit come playoff time. It’s the cavs title to lose, point blank, Lebron is to focus this season. If it was last season I would give boston a chance, but now there to far behind to cstch up with the elite of the NBA.

  • http://www.WeAllScheme.com Jeff

    The Celtics picking up the local kid! I love it! He’ll bring some energy off the bench (if he gets off the bench) and his game will definitely surprise some people…

  • control

    I can imagine in a few months his old college coaches will be saying “Tony used to be such a well rounded kid, always respectable, always hard working…now he is just a douche bag”.

    Boston gonna corrupt this kid.

  • http://dime eyes

    The LakeShow needed to sign Alston. Instead Phil should just start Lamar at the one. Kobe,Artest,Pau,Bynum when healthy or Mbenga. Could even use Walton at the 5 position. Fisher is better suited of the bench. I’d even trade Farmar for Drajic or even Calderon. Somebody worthy. I’ve been saying this all along. The Lakers & Celts are thin at the most important spot in today’s game. They run Rondo ragged. No one can fill that void for him. If you Ainge,Doc or anybody thought Nate could spell Rondo. Fail,Dumb or just Wrong. He’s a little scorer that can give you spot minutes.

    Both the Lakes & Celts are getting OLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. Can’t wait to see the transition period. Stubborness leads to a lot of losing & bad drafting. You’re never to good to pick smart in a draft. Teams that think they’re above that. Will find themselves in the boats both these supposed Great teams find themselves. The Lakers are great on paper as are the Celts. Gametime entire different story. Once you don’t have the fear factor. You’re in for some very close games. Give or take a referee being fair & honest. Anything can happen.

    I have the Thunder upsetting the Lakers & the Spurs playing spoiler as well. Youth in one match up & experience in the other. When will Sloan pull through & win one. If he never wins a ring. What would be the reason? Having players as great as he did(H.O.F’ers). Even this team & his past current teams over the years have been overly solid. He’s had pretty much the same team.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Lucas Shapiro

    Really hope this guy gets PT. He would bring more than Scal, that is for sure.

  • @dam

    Two words why Sloan doesn’t have a ring, Michael Jordan.
    the current squad hasn’t even gone to the finals yet, not in the same caliber

  • magicfaninTN

    Aren’t playoff rosters limited to 13? So who else gets bumped for the new guy to be on the active list?

  • Celts Fan

    In the words of Heckler on every damn “Where are they now” post, “Who be dis cat?”

    (can’t hurt if it takes tick away from Sheldon Williams and his forehead)

  • 12t

    @ Kermit

    I don’t think adding Nate Robinson was a good idea for two reasons.

    1) After adding KG this team became defensive oriented. Nate Robinson is a defensive liability. One help D block on Shaq isn’t sufficient.
    2) My personal belief is that you’re 2nd unit scorer should be someone who takes good shots on a regular basis within the teams system. Boston should have made a move for someone like Rip who I’m sure would have been more gracious behind Ray Allen then he was with Allen Iverson or Kevin Martin before Houston scooped him up.

  • sh!tfaced

    If anything, he’s more like a (“white”) good luck charm addition for the superstition driven Celtics if you ask me… lol

  • ab_40

    dude is not eligeble to play goodbye

  • quick wit it

    @ab_40
    agreed. that video is a joke. kid will get chopped up in the nba. CHOPPED. especially with playoff caliber basketball beginning.
    i’m calling it now- if he gets playing time, kid will be posterized and all of these block highlights from college will just be the biggest joke of all.

  • Conoro

    Yes… the Lakers are so “old” that they basically have the same record as the “young” Magic. Why can’t people realize that broken fingers, swollen feet, and Achilles strains SLOW YOU DOWN, at the very least?

    Before Kobe broke his finger, he was averaging 31ppg on 49% shooting.

    He’s had a lot of rest, as has Bynum. If they can’t pull it together during the Playoffs (which is highly unlikely), then I’ll apologize. But all I’m going to say is that the Lakers have been waiting for the Playoffs since the first day of Training Camp.

    Hopefully they aren’t too broken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/loganlight loganlight

    Should be able to do what Leon Powe did for them. Not bad, but not really a secret weapon… that’s a stretch.

    LL

  • ddipp

    @quick wit it,
    Saw him stuff Tyreke Evens shit tho.