Last week, Batista's agent announced that he had declined an offer from the Celtics and was looking at teams more interested. Well, now the Celtics are back in the mix. Apparently, the other teams weren't as interested as he thought. According to the Globe:
But yesterday, Cornstien said Boston was back under consideration by the 6-foot-10-inch, 270-pounder from Uruguay. "The situation has reopened," Cornstien said. "Boston is very much alive." Cornstien has said Indiana and Charlotte also made offers and talks with Phoenix have slowed.
Batista is solely an inside player. Less than 5% of his shots are from outside the paint. He rebounds at a rate of 12 per 40 minutes of play. He tends to get more steals than blocks. He was used sparingly by Atlanta, but he broke out with 20.8 points and a tournament-best 12.4 rebounds in the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas last month. He would make a great back up for Perk. Then, all we would need is a back up PG for Rondo.