If it seems the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are linked to every serviceable body obtaining a buyout this week, it's because it's practically true. Following in the footsteps of Troy Murphy, Corey Brewer and Mike Bibby appear to have been added to Boston's buyout watch (though Bibby sounds like a near lock for South Beach):
New York Knicks
The Knicks and Brewer are closing in on a buyout agreement that will make the former Minnesota swingman a free agent, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.
Because Brewer will be officially released before March 1, he's eligible to play in the playoffs with another team.
Sources say Boston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Dallas are among the teams with the most interest in Brewer, who joined the Knicks only last week as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal.
The Celtics had previously tried to acquire Brewer from Minnesota before the Anthony trade went through.
Mike Bibby and the Washington Wizards have agreed to terms on a buyout.
In a stunning move, Bibby, whom the Wizards acquired from Atlanta last week in a trade for Kirk Hinrich, gave up his entire salary for next season. The 32-year-old point guard had one year and $6.2 million left on his deal.
"He sacrificed some money in order to win a championship," said David Falk, Bibby's agent. "Once you're past 10, 11 years in the league, you want to be in a situation where you can win. He's got some attractive options open to him."
--Forsberg's Analysis: Delonte West's latest ankle injury, however minor, will leave the Celtics considering whether they need to bring in someone who can handle the ball in emergency situations, but that doesn't necessarily mean Boston needs to chase someone like Bibby (who's still on the Garden naughty list for his fair-weather fans comments from 2008). Murphy is rumored to be leaning towards South Beach as well now, which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given the fact that there's more opportunity in Miami's frontcourt.
Brewer is the one player that Celtics' fans should be crossing their fingers for. Yes, Boston just landed Jeff Green to help fill that backup swingman position, but Brewer is a legitimate defender who would ensure the words "Tony Allen" never got muttered during the 2011 postseason. While no player obtained via the buyout market is likely to factor too heavily in Boston's postseason plans, Brewer might be the most likely of the bunch to find a way into the playoff rotation given his defensive talents.