The acquisition of Carlos Delfino is such a pipe dream, and at least Doc Rivers realizes it. Saddled with a high payroll and into the luxury tax, the C’s could only offer Delfino a $2 million bi-annual exception contract, a contract which will not be enough to sign the talented Argentine swingman, unless he is willing to accept (significantly) less money to play in green and white.
“We’ve looked and really wish we had the money to sign him,” Rivers said.
Delfino’s stats aren’t jarring, but his 9.0 points per game and 1.5 steals per game would be nice coming off the bench and would greatly exceed what Mickael Pietrus was/is capable of bringing to the team. Moreover, for those who have tuned into the 2012 Olympic games, Delfino is tearing it up for his home country of Argentina, averaging 15 points per game on a squad that features several other NBA players, including former Houston Rocket Luis Scola and of course Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili.
So why speak of Delfino when there is no chance of obtaining him?
I’m not so sure. Perhaps Doc thinks praising him openly to the Argentine media is a way of wooing him to accept less money. And it’s not like such has never happened before. With a little luck, or actually a lot of luck, Delfino could be lacing up his shoes in Boston next season. The move would be of much greater significance than most casual fans realize.