Doc Rivers Says Celtics ‘Could Really Use’ Free Agent Carlos Delfino

Doc Rivers Says Celtics 'Could Really Use' Free Agent Carlos DelfinoThe Celtics' roster for the upcoming season is pretty much set, but one free agent still available is at least drawing praise from head coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers spoke highly of Carlos Delfino, who spent the last three seasons with the Bucks. The 6-foot-6 guard is currently playing for Argentina at the London Olympics.

"We've looked, and I wish we had the money to add him," Rivers told the Argentinian website Olé. "We could really use him."

The Celtics were reportedly among the teams expressing interest in the veteran swingman a few weeks ago, but the C's have since added Courtney Lee. Therefore, they could only offer Delfino the $1.15 million veteran minimum or the $1.96 million bi-annual exception, which probably wouldn't be enough. Instead, Rivers' praise is likely just the coach complimenting a future opponent.

"They've turned him into a shooter," Rivers also reportedly said of Delfino, "but he can give you more."

Delfino averaged 9 points while shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc in 28.5 minutes per game last year. He averaged a career-high 11.5 points and 32.4 minutes per contest for the Bucks in 2010-11.

Photo via Flickr/Keith Allison

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