Dan Dickau is a Celtic

 Friday, August 26, 2005

   Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed last night that the team has agreed in principle to a sign-and-trade deal with New Orleans that would land point guard Dan Dickau in Boston with a three-year contract worth an average of $2.5 million per year.

   Ainge said some details of the deal still must be negotiated, including what the Celtics will give to the Hornets. New Orleans will receive a trade exception in the process.

        Dickau, who is 6 feet, 190 pounds, visited Boston yesterday for a physical and chatted with members of the Celtics staff.

"He had a really great day," said Dickau's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

   As a Celtic, Dickau will join a number of point guards (Delonte West, Marcus Banks, Orien Greene, Will Bynum) expected to compete for the starting job.

   Dickau has three years [SEE ATTACHED CORRECTION] of NBA experience, with three teams: Atlanta, Portland, and New Orleans. As a starter for the Hornets for more than half of last season (46 games), he averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists in 31.0 minutes.

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