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Celtics, free agent Finley agree to contract

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Mar 4 2010 4:59PM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to verbal terms with free agent guard Michael Finley on a contract for the rest of the season, giving the Celtics another veteran off their bench for the stretch drive, according to Finley's agent, Henry Thomas.

Boston was the leader all along for Finley, who will turn 37 on Saturday, Thomas said. Trying to bolster their roster as Cleveland has done in recent weeks, the Celtics traded for guard Nate Robinson just before last month's trade deadline, have made an offer to free agent center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and quickly zeroed in on Finley, who asked for and was given his release by San Antonio on Monday when he fell out of the Spurs' regular rotation. By getting waived Monday, Finley could still be eligible for a postseason roster if he signed with another team.

"There were others, but they [the Celtics] were the most aggressive and they were the most serious," Thomas said. Finley "was very seriously considering them two years ago, when he re-signed with San Antonio."

Among the reasons Finley most liked Boston was his close relationship with Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Both are from Chicago and attended the same high school, Proviso East.

Finley will join the Celtics this weekend. He had only appeared in 25 games with the Spurs, averaging 3.7 points in less than 16 minutes of action.

Yahoo! Sports first reported that Finley was officially signing with Boston.

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