BOSTON MA - JANUARY 25: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics tries to get through Ryan Hollins #5 and Joey Graham #12 of the of the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 25 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jermaine O'Neal is officially out for the remainder of the season and the Friday deadline is still looming for playoff-eligible pick ups. The search continues for front court help. With ex-Celtic Chris Johnson picked up by the New Orleans and recently waived J.J. Hickson heading to the Warriors, I'm sure Danny will kick the tires on Ronny Turiaf and Josh Powell, but--call me crazy--but with what's out there right now, I'd take a flyer out on Ryan Hollins who was cut by the Cavaliers today.
Ryan Hollins is now available. He's a 7-footer, and did we mention he's a 7-footer: bit.ly/GBX4jP— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) March 20, 2012
Critics are quick to point out that he's a terrible rebounder and limited on offense, but what I like about Hollins is that he's got a little crazy in him. I've been very complimentary with Danny's personnel choices since the lockout; he's signed blue collar guys that aren't going to disrupt the chemistry and turn to Twitter to make fools of themselves. In the limited time I've seen Hollins play in Minnesota and Cleveland, he plays with a little KG in him. Now, that might be because he's usually going head-to-head with Garnett and KG is known to rile opposing players up, but I like the idea of throwing in Hollins' 7-foot frame when the bench needs a little juice.