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General manager Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics speaks with the media during Boston Celtics Media Day on September 26, 2016 in Waltham, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

NBA free agency has already seen most of the big dominoes fall, but that doesn’t mean teams are all done. Count the Celtics among the teams that are still poking around.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics remain “very active” in their quest to change or add to the roster ahead of the 2019-20 season. Bulpett’s sources come from other teams around the league, who say the Celtics are “trying to see what free agents may still shake loose and what kinds of sign-and-trade deals could free up a better chunk of money to attract a large person.”

It’s unclear what Bulpett means by “large person”. The implication is that Danny Ainge isn’t giving up hope on finding a way to get another high-priced free agent or star player via sign-and-trade. It could simply mean the C’s still want to add a big man to the roster, after signing Enes Kanter on Monday to a two-year, $10 million deal under the “room” exception.

Notable centers remaining on the open market include DeMarcus Cousins, Boban Marjanovic, Willie Cauley-Stein, JaVale McGee, Tyson Chandler, and Kosta Koufos. But there’s a good chance that Ainge can sign one of those guys for the minimum – even Cousins, who apparently has no market for even a mid-level exception, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

But if these other teams are to be believed, then the Celtics could be trying to work toward something bigger than these names.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.