Sunday , Nov , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics and 16 Other Teams Interested in Antonio McDyess

An NBA source said that 17 teams, including the Celtics, have expressed interest in signing McDyess. While the Pistons are expected to re-sign the 14th-year power forward, 30 days must pass before he is eligible to sign with Detroit. Those close to McDyess know he desperately wants to win a title, which could improve the Celtics’ hopes of stealing him away during the 30-day window.

The Celtics cannot comment on McDyess until he becomes a free agent. When asked about McDyess prior to last night’s 101-89 win over the Bucks, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, "I didn’t even hear what you just said. But we’re always looking."

Celtics guard Sam Cassell, who like McDyess has an offseason home in Houston, believes McDyess could be a "huge" addition. McDyess, 34, averaged 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Pistons last season.