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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Will Be 'Active,' Pursuing Back-Up At '3-Position'

The 2011 NBA Trade Deadline is quickly approaching -- it's Thursday, Feb. 24 -- and already some big names are changing addresses, with the Denver Nuggets sending Carmelo Anthony east in exchange for roughly half of the New York Knicks roster. And before we reach the deadline, the Boston Celtics are expected to make a move

"We're going to be active,'' Rivers said, when asked about the looming trade deadline. "We aren't going to do anything super, but we're going to be active. We're clearly looking. We don't have a lot of assets to move.''

Rivers added "We would have a huge gap at the ‘3' spot," depending when and if Marquis Daniels returns from his spinal injury. The Celtics have been rumored to be interested in the Pistons' Richard Hamilton, the Cavaliers' Anthony Parker and Rockets forward Shane Battier (though SI's Chris Mannix has already shot that one down). 

So it's more likely that Boston will be eyeing players like Parker and Rasual Butler, says CelticsBlog.

... which isn't such a bad thing if the price is right. But we'll see if Ainge can be a little more creative - perhaps taking back a longer salary but dumping Jermaine's deal in the process?

The real good news is that we'll be adding a couple of players to the rotation that are already on the roster. According to the Globe, both Semih Erden and Delonte West practiced yesterday. Shaq, on the other hand, is going to be held out of the next road trip.