Celtics And NBA Free Agency Rumors: Brian Scalabrine Reportedly On His Way To Chicago

The Celtics have already answered most of the questions regarding its roster -- Doc, Pierce and Ray are all coming back -- in a summer that has proven to be one of the more interesting in recent memory for Boston. Stay tuned for more.

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Brian Scalabrine Reportedly Agrees To Non-Guaranteed Deal With Bulls

Brian Scalabrine, an unrestricted free agent who spent the past five seasons with the Celtics, has been invited to join the training camp of the Chicago Bulls, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

He apparently agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Bulls, reuniting him with coach Tom Thibodeau. 

... Thibodeau wanted Scalabrine as part of his first season in Chicago and pushed hard for him with general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson, sources said.

The Bulls open camp Sept. 27, with their media day, and then hold practices on Sept. 28. 

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Former Gonzaga Star Adam Morrison Trying To Earn Celtics Camp Invite

Adam Morrison has had a forgettable NBA career since the Charlotte Bobcats made him the third overall pick in the 2006 Draft. Though he won two championships with the L.A. Lakers after Charlotte traded him there, he did so on the deepest part of their bench, and never made a meaningful contribution.

But all those factors haven't prevented the Celtics from expressing an interest in him. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Morrison worked out for Boston yesterday and will do so again today. It's important to note that, according to Wojnarowski, "the Celtics aren’t close" to making a decision on Morrison, but that he could at least join them for training camp when it opens at the end of the month.

Morrison, a 6-foot-8 forward, owns career averages of 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds, a far cry from the 28.1 points and 5.5 boards he posted in his final season at Gonzaga. Worse, he's converted an ice-cold 37.3 percent of his shots from the field at the NBA level. Wojnarowski says Boston is interested in Morrison because it is "searching for another shooter," but if Morrison's NBA resume is any indication, GM Danny Ainge would do well to look elsewhere.

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Report: Boston Celtics Sign Von Wafer To One-Year Deal

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld tweeted earlier today that free agent guard Von Wafer has signed a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

This evening Wafer posted a thank you message on Twitter to Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and Boston’s head coach Doc Rivers.

Thank u god thank u so so so so much ur so good to me yes thank u mr ainge thank u coach rivers thank u thank u thank thank u all

I’m so greatful god has thought me alot and I was payin attention I’m so so so happy rt now I’m so thankful y’all jus don’t understand

Wafer is known as a streaky scorer and solid athlete who butted heads with coach Rick Adelman in Houston before spending some time playing overseas.

For more on the signing and everything Celtics, head over to SB Nation’s CelticsBlog.

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Eddie House Reportedly Joins LeBron And Co. In Miami

Score another one for Pat Riley.

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that fee agent Eddie House has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat for two years and $2.8 million (the veteran minimum), this according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. The second year is a player option, worth $1.4 million.

There had been reports that the Celtics were interested in re-signing the shooting guard; House had spent 2007-10 with Boston before they traded him to the Knicks this past season.

House was originally drafted out of Arizona State by the Heat in 2000, and spent the first three years of his career in Miami.

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CelticsBlog Exclusive: Celtics In 'Lead Position' To Land Rudy Fernandez

Tom Halzak of SB Nation’s CelticsBlog has learned exclusively that the Boston Celtics are in the “lead position” to acquire disgruntled shooting guard Rudy Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers. Fernandez is a career 38.7% three-point shooter and, during the 2008/09 season, set a record for treys by a rookie with 159.

Halzack’s report also says the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are potential destinations for Fernandez, who has grown unhappy in Portland. It also includes some detailed notes about Fernandez’s game from Jason Quick, who covers the Blazers for The Oregonian. An excerpt from those notes:

Rudy Fernandez is best known for being a three point shooter (obviously). He set the rookie record for 3 pointers made. But Jason feels he is a very good and currently under rated passer. His basketball…(let’s all say it together)…IQ…is quite high.

Rudy sees the court well and will, at times, go for the between the legs (or the other players legs) pass. His teammates have to be alert for passes at any time as Rudy loves to pass and plays a very unselfish game when he gets the ball.

Fernandez feels that he is more than a one dimensional player and just wants the chance to prove it.

Time will tell if he’ll get the chance to do that in Boston.

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Nate Robinson Reportedly Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Celtics

A source has told Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears that the two year deal Nate Robinson agreed to with the Celtics on Friday is worth a total of $9 million, "plus bonuses." 

FanHouse's Sam Amick points out the importance of those bonuses:

That means Robinson will be earning back the $1 million lost when he was benched for two games at the end of the season and fell short of a bonus he would have earned by playing in 58 games instead of 56.

Robinson should provide some much needed depth at the point guard position. After getting traded to Boson last season, Robinson averaged 6.5 points in 26 games with the Celtics and played a key role in some of the team's playoffs games, particularly Game 6 against the Magic and Game 4 against the Lakers in the Finals. 

His return already has already garnered the excited reaction of at least one fan:

I'm so happy that Nate coming back !!! Donkey a shrek !!! Ayo baby !!! Y'all show Nate some love!! Man I love that little guy!! No homo !!less than a minute ago via Echofon

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Tony Allen Leaving Boston, Has Agreed To Sign With Memphis

The Celtics have hit their first real hiccup of the 2010 offseason. Tony Allen has agreed to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.

"We have come to terms with Tony Allen and will sign him to a contract," said the Memphis general manager, who declined to comment on terms, though it is a multi-year deal believedto be worth $3 million per season.

According to David Aldridge at NBA.com, the deal is for three years, and worth $9.7 million total.

The Celtics wanted to re-sign Allen, but were unwilling to give him a third guaranteed year. The most Boston offered was a two-year, $5.2 million offer, with a partial guaranteed third year. At that point the 28-year-old Allen decided to entertain the Memphis offer, which has no partial guarantees or team options.

For more reaction to this deal, visit our Celtics blog, CelticsBlog, and our Grizzlies blog, Straight Outta Vancouver.

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Source: Jermaine O'Neal Has Agreed To Sign With Celtics

The Celtics may have found their newest big man.

Just a day after learning Jermaine O'Neal was "leaning toward" joining the Celtics, the free agent center has reportedly agreed to sign with Boston, this according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Read more in our StoryStream and at CelticsBlog.

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Free Agency: Complete Look At Celtics' Free Agents

From ESPN, here's a complete list of the Celtics' free agents for 2010 and 2011. As of 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, this summer's NBA free agent bonanza is on.

-- 2010 --

Unrestricted:

  • Ray Allen
  • Tony Allen
  • Marquis Daniels
  • Michael Finley
  • Paul Pierce
  • Nate Robinson
  • Brian Scalabrine

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-- 2011 --

Restricted:

  • Tony Gaffney
  • Oliver Lafayette

Unrestricted:

  • Glen Davis
  • Kendrick Perkins
  • Rasheed Wallace (Player option)
  • Shelden Williams
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    Celtics Reportedly Targeting Center Brad Miller In Free Agency

    What promises to be a busy and rumor-filled offseason for the Celtics has begun. According to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston is targeting center Brad Miller in free agency.

    Apparently, Ray Allen and Miller will be the team's top priorities this summer, with the latter serving as a replacement for Rasheed Wallace (expected retirement) and Kendrick Perkins (knee injury).

    The Celtics have their midlevel exception available to sign the 34-year-old Miller, who has the versatility to play the power forward and center positions. Several contenders are expected to pursue Miller, but sources say the chance to play for the defending Eastern Conference champions has significant appeal to him.

    While he could serve as a much-needed replacement on the front-line, and provide a clear indication that the Celtics will make one more run at Banner 18 in 2010-11, Miller hardly makes the team younger, writes CelticsBlog.

    The Celtics certainly won't be getting any younger if they sign Miller, as he turned 34 last April. He did play in all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, but his production was far below that of previous seasons. His scoring average of 8.8 points per game was his lowest since he averaged 9.0 points per game for the Sacramento Kings back in the 2006-2007 season. His 4.9 rebounds per game average was his lowest since his rookie season back in '98-'99 when he averaged just 3.1 boards per game. His assist average last season (1.9) was also his lowest since the 2001-2002 season (1.8). His field goal percentage last season (43 percent) was also the lowest of his career. However, all of these drops in statistical averages could be related to Miller averaging just 23.8 minutes per game last season, which was his lowest average since the 1999-2000 season.

    But don't forget -- CelticsBlog didn't -- about Miller's "history" with the Celtics.

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