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By A. Sherrod Blakely
DENVER -- Most of Boston's moves caught so many off guard because they didn't really address the Celtics' greatest need leading up to the deadline - a backup small forward for Paul Pierce.
Semih Erden and Luke Harangody were traded primarily to open up roster spots, with at least one expected to be filled by a veteran player who becomes available via buy-out, or is currently unsigned.
Troy Murphy, who was recently traded from New Jersey to Golden State, is expected to receive a buy-out from the Warriors soon. Murphy is said to be weighing offers from the Celtics, Magic and Heat.
But Boston may also bring back Rasheed Wallace, who has remained in the metro Boston area after retiring following Boston's Game Seven loss to the Lakers in last year's NBA Finals.
Although he told CSNNE.com this past summer that his NBA career was a "wrap like Christmas," sources have indicated recently that Wallace might have a change of heart if the C's had a roster spot become available.
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