Brian Scalabrine says he’s been texting Kelly Olynyk about buyout


Scal is apparently taking on the role of lead recruiter. During Boston’s 111-94 win over the Thunder Saturday, the Celtics folk hero said he’s been texting another Garden fan favorite about a possible return: Kelly Olynyk.

While Scalabrine didn’t delve into specifics, he says he’s been texting Olynyk “demanding” a buyout. The Globe’s Chad Finn noted the line on Twitter.

After being traded from Miami to Houston at the deadline, Olynyk is considered a prime buyout candidate. The Rockets are 13-37.

ESPN’s John Hollinger speculated recently the Celtics would an ideal landing spot for the veteran big man, especially since they shipped Daniel Theis to Chicago. “One Captain Obvious place to watch is Boston, where Olynyk began his career, and where starting center Daniel Theis was just traded to the Bulls,” Holland said on ESPN, per

Olynyk impressed in his Rockets debut, dropping 16 points in their victory over the Timberwolves. Still, it’s obvious Olynyk doesn’t hold much value for a rebuilding Rockets club.

While Danny Ainge acquired a trio of players at the deadline — Evan Fournier, Luke Kornet, and Moe Wagner — the Celtics were also reportedly pursuing former Cavaliers center Andre Drummond, who was shut down in mid-February. But the two-time All-Star is now expected to land with the Lakers.

That leaves Olynyk as one of the Celtics’ last potential options to shore up the front court this season. The nine-year vet doesn’t offer much in terms of defense, but he can score, averaging nearly 10 points per game during his career. He’s played in two Eastern Conference Finals, including last season with Miami.

Scalabrine worked with Olynyk after the Celtics had drafted him in the first-round in 2013. He wound up spending four seasons in Boston, basking in adulation from the Garden faithful along the way.

Perhaps we’ll see an encore showing later this spring.