BOSTON (CBS) –  The Boston Celtics officially signed center Ryan Hollins on Friday, requesting waivers on forward Chris Wilcox to clear a roster spot.

The seven-foot Hollins passed his physical Friday morning, and will be with the team in Philadelphia when the Celtics take on the 76ers Friday night.

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Hollins will give Boston some more depth down low, something they have desperately needed since both Jermaine O’Neal (wrist) and Wilcox  (heart surgery) went down. The 27-year-old has played with Charlotte, Dallas, Minnesota and Cleveland over his six-year career.

This season with the Cavs, Hollins averaged 3.7points and 2.3 rebounds in 27 games.

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Although he is not a big name and won’t make a huge impact on the Celtics, any depth they can get at the center position will be a welcome addition to the veterans, especially Kevin Garnett, who has taken over as the team’s starting center.

Garnett has averaged nearly 32 minutes per game for the month of March.


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