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He would go on to play 24 more games for Boston, averaging 1.2 points per game with the Celtics.

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That team – ironically along with the Colonels – were among the two teams that did not join the NBA when the merger happened in 1978, so Carr joined the Detroit Pistons as a free agent, then the Celtics the following season, where he would play six seasons, winning two titles in 1981 and 1984.

Carr would average 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists as a player for the Celtics, and would later coach and serve as general manager of the team.

Battle, a product of Illinois who was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the 27th pick of the 1989 NBA draft, would play stints with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets before signing a pair of 10-day deals to join the Celtics mid-season in 1992.

He would return as a free agent that fall, and averaged 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game while with the team.

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The former Bruin would play there, with the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Cleveland Cavaliers before he signed with the Celtics as a late-season addition in 2012.

He would play just 15 games for the team that season, logging 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

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