The Celtics are finding it difficult to maneuver for a backup small forward. The club is in the market because of uncertainty with Marquis Daniels, who suffered a bruised spinal cord against Orlando on Feb. 6..
"It's my job to manage the now and the next year and the next year after that," said general manager Danny Ainge. "There's a lot to consider.
"The first thing we're considering is Marquis. We won't be doing anything until we find out what's going on with Marquis. That means we won't be doing anything until probably around the (Feb. 24) trade deadline.
"So for the next couple of games, whoever's in uniform is what we have. We'll just have to do the best we can."
The problem lies largely in the Celtics' salary structure.
"We have players that are untouchable and making big money. And then we have players who are making low money," said Ainge. "So there may be a player we like, but we can't get to the right number to get him.
"It's really complicated, and making numbers match for us is difficult because most of our players have a really high salary or a really low salary.
"But if we need to find a player, we'll be patient and find the player who fits our needs. We're not just going to grab anyone who's out there. There's always players. There are a lot of players dying to play. It's a matter of finding the best player you can get within your means. But we do have limitations -- 15 players under contract already, salary cap, luxury tax... all of the above."
CELTICS 85, HEAT 82: Rajon Rondo recorded his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career, guiding the Celtics to victory with his 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists Sunday afternoon in Boston. The win put the Celtics back into first place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Miami, which had won eight straight on the way in. The decision also makes the Celtics 3-0 against the Heat this season. Miami led by seven early, but the Celtics outscored the visitors 35-18 in the third quarter and held on at the end.
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