5 Targets for Boston Celtics to Replace Leandro Barbosa

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 11:  Leandro Barbosa #12 of the Boston Celtics is injured during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Leandro Barbosa is the latest member of the Boston Celtics to see his season end as he dropped down in their game against the team's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

KG says team was told injury will cost Barbosa the season #celtics

— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) February 12, 2013

Boston has now watched as Barbosa, Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger have had their seasons ended due to injuries, only they have yet to make any kind of move to replace their injured players.

With Barbosa on the sidelines, the Celtics are down to Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry as the lone members of the backcourt. In other words, they must add somebody in the next few weeks in order to take some pressure off their backcourt.

It's disappointing for the Celtics, as Barbosa has shown an NBA Jam-like ability to heat up at any time that he's on the court, even if he isn't one of the best guys to have in as a "traditional" style point guard at times.

He's averaged just 5.2 points per game over the course of the season, but that has bumped up to eight points since Rondo's injury.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, the disabled player exception built into the salary cap has a deadline of January 15th. If that weren't the case, Boston could have ended up with the ability to go over the salary cap by a factor of half the salary of each disabled player.

Instead, the Celtics, who are a solid $13 million over the salary cap, will be forced to either finagle a trade, or sign a player for the veteran minimum.

There are a few guys out there who could be had that would give them a bit of help down the stretch, if only to give some relief to the already stretched-out Celtics.

Shelvin Mack

After a few stints with the Philadelphia 76ers this season, Shelvin Mack found his way into a spot with the Maine Red Claws, Boston's D-League affiliate.

He's lighting the world on fire in Maine, averaging just under 18 points per game in a few games with the Red Claws this season.

Mack is definitely in consideration, at least as a stop-gap for the time being while the Celtics take a look at all the options.

In Boston's search for stopgap at point guard, Shelvin Mack's a possibility, among others, sources say. Delonte West isn't a consideration.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 12, 2013

Jonny Flynn

Jonny Flynn has spent this season playing with the Melbourne Tigers of the NBL in Austrailia, but he's got an opt-out clause if any NBA team decides to come kicking his tires.

Flynn is currently the league's third-highest scorer at 17.6 points per game, and second in assists with 6.1.

I've always heard groans about the type of player Flynn is, but the fact is that he spent most of his NBA career playing in the wrong system.

He ran the triangle offense in his two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it completely masked his ability to wriggle his way into the lane. He's not a great shooter, but he could be a decent penetrator if somebody wants to give him a shot.

Michael Redd

The former Milwaukee Bucks star shot just 30.6 percent for three in his final three seasons in the NBA, but was that a true testament to what he is worth?

Michael Redd always had a smooth jump shot, but his final two seasons with the Bucks were ridiculously injury-riddled, while his final season, played with the Phoenix Suns, required him to get into shape immediately to play in the lockout-shortened season.

Perhaps he would work well in a flowing offense like that of the Celtics, and he could come in and give a few Celtics fans memories of Ray Allen if he gets hot now and then.

Micah Downs

He's not a flashy name, and to most people he's probably not even a name, but Micah Downs has done a bit to prove himself in Maine with the Red Claws so far this season.

He's on his way to the D-League All-Star Game, and he will participate in their three-point contest as he's averaging 18.2 points and shooting just a shade under 40 percent from the three-point line.

Gilbert Arenas/Allen Iverson

Both players seem long-shots to even return to the NBA, but there's no problem with kicking a tire or two and seeing if either of them are worth giving a shot.

Arenas seemed out of shape and was having incredible troubles getting shots to fall in his final stint in the league with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he would indeed be a risky pick.

Allen Iverson showed the same problems, but with his tenacity and drive to get back into the league, you've got to believe that there's something to that. Perhaps he's on the verge of a comeback, and the Celtics could give him a shot for a few days.


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