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Appearing Thursday on radio show Toucher & Rich in Boston, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that he’s “pretty sure” his front office will use the team’s disabled player exception before the March 12 deadline (Twitter link via A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston). The $8.4MM exception could be used to acquire a player in a trade or to sign a player who is bought out by his current team.

“We’re on the phone all the time,” Ainge told NBC Sports Boston. “We don’t have to do a deal. We’ll do a good deal. We don’t feel we have to do something because we have some glaring weakness. We know our team is not perfect, but I like the guys on the team.”

As we detailed on Wednesday, several teams around the NBA hold disabled player exceptions after having players go down with season-ending injuries. But none of those exceptions is worth more than Boston’s $8.4MM DPE.

Since the disabled player exception can only be used once, the size of the Celtics’ exception wouldn’t give them an advantage over, say, the Heat – who have a $5.5MM DPE – if both clubs were pursuing a player like Tyreke Evans (who is earning $3.29MM). However, the Celtics’ exception can accommodate a wider range of players. For instance, Boston is the only team capable of acquiring Lou Williams‘ $7MM salary using a DPE.

Adding a scorer like Evans or Williams would make sense for the Celtics, as would bolstering their frontcourt with another big man — Greg Monroe, who reached a buyout agreement with the Suns, would be one candidate. Still, Ainge tells NBC Sports Boston that he’s not focused on a specific position or need as he considers his team’s options.

“It’s not like other sports where we need a defensive back that does this one thing, or we need a second baseman,” Ainge said. “Basketball is different. There’s lots of different ways we can play. It all depends on the ‘who’ more than the actual needs.”

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