Celtics Announce Signing Of Notre Dame's Harangody To Two-Year Deal

The Celtics have agreed to deals with both of their 2010 NBA Draft picks, Texas guard Avery Bradley (19th overall) and Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody (52nd). More news and analysis at CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Sign Second Round Pick Luke Harangody

Luke Harangody’s agent has confirmed that the Boston Celtics’ second round pick has signed a two-year, $1.3 million deal with the Celtics, this according to Yahoo!'s Adrain Wonarowski.

The Celtics selected Harangody, a 6’8" forward out of Notre Dame, with the 52nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Harangody has impressed in his short time in the NBA Summer League, scoring 23 points in his debut.


Celtics' Avery Bradley Already Needs Surgery On Left Ankle

Texas' Avery Bradley was only just drafted by the Celtics Thursday night, but already the team is announcing that the 19-year old will undergo surgery oh his ankle.

Bradley apparently suffered a sprained left ankle during a June 13th workout for Oklahoma City, which forced him to skip four other team's workouts.

The No. 19 pick will spend his summer rehabbing, and will not be playing in the summer league, said Danny Ainge on Friday. Bradley expects to be ready in time for the team's training camp when it starts in October.

"Avery will need a scope of his ankle and it will be about a six-week (recovery),'' he said. "He'll probably say three weeks weeks, but probably six to eight weeks. But he'll be 100% by training camp.''

Bradley, who most likely slipped in the draft because of the injury - Ainge was genuinely surprised at the chance to draft the Texas combo guard - seemed unconcerned.

"Right now I'm just looking to get back and get ready,'' he said.


Celtics' Draft Picks Bradley And Harangody Introduced In Waltham

On Thursday night, Texas' Avery Bradley and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody were drafted by Boston with the No. 19 and No. 52 pick, respectively. And on Friday afternoon, they were both officially introduced as the newest members of the Celtics at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Mass.

"I've had to deal with that," Harangody said. "I put my name in the draft last year, and I've heard ever since that I was going to be a second rounder. That only just motivates me more. I feel like I paid my dues in college. I wasn't good enough to get into the first round, but I feel like I just have to start all over again and just do the same thing as when I came to college because I wasn't a big name then."

Still, the reality of being in the league hit both of them once they walked through the the Celtics' practice facility

"Last night, I was still really excited," Bradley said. "I was just excited to get on the plane and land in Boston. Right when it landed, that's when it hit me that my dream came true. I'm going to get a chance to play for one of the best teams in the NBA."


Danny Ainge: 'We’re Not Trying To Move Up'

Rumors and reports over the past couple of days have the Celtics willing to trade their No. 19 pick in Thursday nights NBA Draft, and maybe even ready to package Kendrick Perkins, too. Danny Ainge, the team's GM, spoke to that today, and while Boston will keep its options open, they will not be trying to move up: "We're not trying to move up," said Ainge. See?

This seemingly puts an end to those Perkins-and-first-round-pick package rumors, but it does not copletely rule out the Celtics making a move tonight. 

Instead, Ainge said, he is open to either moving down in the draft or out altogether - the latter option a move that could save them a scintilla of money for a veteran free agent.

Another league official, asked about the Perkins rumor, quashed the possibility, saying that it's simply too difficult to move an injured player who is about to have surgery. A team spokesman said that the Celtics center could have surgery as early as tomorrow to repair a torn medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

It is probably wise not to discount the role those torn ligaments in his right knee are playing in any trade talks, especially after it prompted one league official to comment, "No one trades [for] guys on operating table." Surgery on the knee has been postponed until the swelling goes down.


Report: Celtics Shopping Perkins, No. 19 Pick To Move Up In Draft

Before the NBA draft begins Thursday night, the Celtics may be busy pulling off a trade. With GM Danny Ainge reportedly looking to improve the team right now, Boston may be willing to deal their No. 19 pick, and now, Kendrick Perkins? According to Sam Amrick of Fanhouse, the Celtics are shopping Perkins, as well as their first-round pick, to potentially move up into a lottery position.

A league front-office source told FanHouse that the Celtics have been dangling center Kendrick Perkins and their No. 19 pick to teams with high lottery picks in attempt to add a dynamic young talent to their aging core. It's a tough sell, considering Perkins is facing surgery as early as Friday after tearing his medial collateral ligament and partially tearing his posterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Speculation before the draft should be very interesting today. For Celtics fans, trade possiblities are something to watch for as we inch closer to draft tonight.

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