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Mickael Pietrus has cleared waivers and has signed with the Boston Celtics. Pietrus, who was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, has averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 496 games with the Warriors, Magic and Suns.
Mickael Pietrus has appeared to clear waivers, and according to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England, is in the process of signing with the Boston Celtics. Both sides are reportedly working out a contract as of Saturday night.
#CSNNE.com has learned that the #Celtics are in the process of signing Mickael Pietrus. Both sides are working on the contract right now. (via A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE on Twitter)
Pietrus was waived by the Phoenix Suns and was rumored to be leaning heavily towards signing with the Celtics if he cleared waivers at the 6 p.m. EDT deadline on Saturday night. Boston expressed interested in Pietrus before the lockout.
In 496 career games, Pietrus has averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor. Last season, Pietrus averaged 7.2 points and 2.2 boards in 57 games between the Suns and Orlando Magic.
All signs point to Mickael Pietrus joining the Boston Celtics once he clears waivers on Saturday night, as a report in the Boston Globe indicates that the Celtics have offered the veteran swingman a contract.
While a 7-footer doesn't appear likely, at least in the near future, the Celtics might be getting a player to add to their rotation, Mickael Pietrus. The 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pound Pietrus agreed to a buyout with the Suns and is now in the NBA's two-day waiver period (which would expire at 6 p.m. today) before deciding whether to accept Boston's offer. (via Boston Globe)
Pietrus is reportedly leaning towards signing with the Celtics if he is not claimed by another team, according to sources of A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England. Pietrus would provide the C's with a solid option to back up Paul Pierce after Jeff Green was sidelined for the season with an aortic aneurysm.
Mickael Pietrus may be heading to the Boston Celtics, as a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England indicates that Pietrus -- who was waived by the Phoenix Suns -- is leaning towards signing with Boston.
Mickael Pietrus, recently released by the Phoenix Suns, is leaning "heavily" towards signing with the Boston Celtics, according to a league source. (via CSNNE.com)
The Celtics had been rumored to be interested in adding Pietrus prior to the NBA Lockout. In order for Pietrus to sign outright with the Celtics, he will have to clear waivers. That won't happen until 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday evening.
Pietrus' agent, Bill McCandless, would not comment on whether or not his client prefers to join the Celtics, but he did indicate that Pietrus is looking to hop on with a playoff team.
"He's only 29, so he's not like Charles Barkley or some other older players running around, chasing a championship," McCandless said. "But he wants to be with a playoff team, and have a chance to contribute."
Jeff Green signed 1-year deal worth $9 million with Celtics, source said. He did not sign the mere qualifying offer.
It had been previously reported that Green had signed the one year qualifying offer, worth 5.8 million, rather than nine. I'm not sure what changed, but Jeff Green just got paid, even if it's only for a year.
Green was acquired by the Celtics in a somewhat controversial trade deadline deal last season, which sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Green. Green went on to play 26 regular season games with the Celtics – starting two – and appeared in nine playoff games. In 26 regular season games with the Celtics Green averaged just under 10 points per game in about 24 minutes of action. In the playoffs he averaged 7.3.
Details are starting to trickle in on the potential David West trade as Adrian Wojnarowski brings word that the Boston Celtics may be looking to send Jermaine O'Neal plus one other player (yet to be identified) to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a sign-and-trade deal for the free agent power forward.
The two-time NBA All-Star, who is coming off an ACL tear from last season, is averaging 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds across eight season with the Hornets, where he's played since being drafted in 2003.
The deal is expected to be worth $27-29 million across three years.
O'Neal, who recently underwent knee surgery himself prior to under-performing last season with the Celtics, today told Boston.com that one of the only things bringing him back from the brink of retirement was a chance to play in the NBA finals.
Let's hope for his sake the Hornets have a big year.
The Boston Celtics may be close to taking another step towards bolstering its 2011-12 line-up after a report on Friday suggested the team was "close to a deal" with free agent power forward David West.
A two-time All-Star, West has averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in his eight NBA seasons. If healthy, West would be a boon whether starting or coming off the bench for the Celtics, who acquired Brandon Bass earlier Friday from Orlando for forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
West has been with the New Orleans Hornets since being drafted in 2003 and; however, the 31-year old veteran ruptured his ACL last season and has not been considered one of the "must-have" free agents.
In addition, Adrian Wojnarowski brings word sign-and-trade deal would be worth $27-29 million across three years.
According to A.Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sportsnet New England, the Boston Celtics have re-signed restricted free agent Jeff Green to a one-year 5.8 million dollar qualifying offer. Green averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds a game last season with spit time between the Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The decision to keep Green is almost a no-brainer for the C's. Most people around the league including Celtics GM Danny Ainge believe Green could be a big part of the future of the franchise. Green was acquired last year at the trade deadline as part of a deal that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson from Boston to Oklahoma City.
Another possible reason to Green's return to the team could be because he could be used as trade bait once again. With the Los Angeles Lakers failing to acquire All-Star point guard Chris Paul yesterday, the Celtics could jump back into the discussions and snag Paul from the New Orleans Hornets for a package centered around Green and point guard Rajon Rondo. Just pure speculation though.
Green will most likely be the team's sixth man and will back up Paul Pierce as the team's small forward.
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe (via Twitter), the Boston Celtics and veteran forward Chris Wilcox have agreed to a one-year contract for the league veteran's minimum. The agreement comes on the day the team begins their training camp.
Wilcox played for the Detroit Pistons last season, where he averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season. The nine-year NBA veteran will provide the Celtics with much needed bench depth as they continue to fill out their roster for the upcoming season. Wilcox is a forward/center hybrid that is very nimble at 6-8 and 235 pounds. While he isn't a tremendous defender, he does give the Celtics an offensive threat, especially on fast breaks.
Wilcox joins a Celtic bench that is beginning to take shape as he joins now Brandon Bass, Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels with rookies JaJuan Johnson, E'Twuan Moore and Gilbert Brown. With the addition of Wilcox, look for the Celtics to continue to be active on the free agency front in the upcoming days.
Marquis Daniels has signed a one-year contract to return to the Boston Celtics, as first reported by The Boston Globe and later confirmed by to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England. Daniels played with the Celtics for the past two season, but was hampered by injuries in both campaigns.
Daniels played in 49 games for the Celtics last season before suffering a spinal cord injury during a February 6 collision with GIlbert Arenas. Daniels lay motionless on the court and was eventually taken off on a stretcher, but the frightening injury ended his season prematurely. Daniels finished the year averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds.
After the injury, Daniels was traded away to the Sacramento Kings for a 2017 second-round draft pick, but did not play a game for the Kings. Daniels also played in Boston two seasons ago, averaging 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 51 games. Daniels' best season came in the 2008-09 campaign when he averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 54 games.
West, 28, averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 assists per game last season for the Celtics. Due to injuries and suspension, West played in only 24 regular season games, but emerged in the playoffs as the reliable two-way combo guard Boston expected all season.
According to a report last week, the Celtics did not call West on the first night of free agency, though they did speak to his representatives. The Lakers reportedly have serious interest in West, and West has previously stated that he would not mind being reunited with LA coach Mike Brown, who coached West in Cleveland.
The Celtics were one of few teams willing to risk signing West last summer after he experienced legal issues and struggled with bi-polar disorder, and they signed him to the league minimum salary. But West has stated that he does not consider himself a minimum salary player, and is expected to command more money this season after causing very few problems in Boston last year.
Marquis Daniels could be close to a return with the Boston Celtics, as first reported by Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe. Daniels played parts of two seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded away last year to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a second round pick in 2017.
Daniels suffered a spinal injury after colliding with Gilbert Arenas on February 6. After Daniels was hit, he fell to the floor and lay motionless before being taken off on a stretcher. Daniels would not play another game that season and was soon traded to the Kings.
In eight NBA seasons, Daniels has averaged 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 451 games. Last season, Daniels averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 49 games with the Celtics. The season before, Daniels averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 boards in 51 games. Daniels best season came in 2008-09, when he averaged a career-high 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Glen Davis' days with the Boston Celtics may be over. Davis, who was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA Draft and was traded to the C's, is not expected to return to the team according to CBS Sports.
Glen Davis is not expected to return to the Celtics, but CSN New England reports that the Detroit Pistons have interest in him and may offer him the full MLE. He's young enough it doesn't disrupt their core, and a Knight-Hamilton-Jerebko/Daye-Davis-Monroe is a pretty solid young (except for Hamilton) core. Not a bad idea. (via Eye On Basketball)
Davis was reportedly reached out to by Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, as well as some of his teammates, about a possible return. The gesture was looked upon favorably by Davis' agent, John Hamilton.
"It's very important," John Hamilton, Davis' agent, told CSNNE.com. "It shows Danny and the Celtics appreciate the contributions he has made to the club, and are open to seeing if they can continue to relationship that started four years ago."
Davis has averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds though 277 career games. Last season, Davis averaged a career-high 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 78 games for the Celtics.
It might come as a surprise for some Boston Celtics fans that their cheap, two-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rando is currently being shopped around by its general manager Danny Ainge, and there has been some NBA experts trying to find out why.
On Monday, SB Nation's NBA Editor Tom Ziller tried to answer this question in his weekly column The Hook:
"So then why would Ainge look to trade Rondo?
The answer on the Rondo question is the same for every question about Ainge's motivation: he is not satisfied with the current state of the Celtics, and wants to improve the club."
Ziller says don't expect that Ainge will just settle on possibly moving just Rando. More players could be on their way out of Boston.
"Garnett will be a free agent next year," writes Ziller, "and he's growing ever closer to the end. Allen will be a free agent, too, and while he can shoot forever, if the team isn't contending, keeping him could be difficult. Pierce has an additional guaranteed season. Because of their ages and those contract situations, they wouldn't be terribly attractive in the trade market. Each could pull maybe a sub-All-Star young player -- KG, especially, still has pull as a vet that can whip an underperforming roster into shape quickly -- but none of them alone can guarantee the future of the roster."
With the NBA free agency period set to open on December 9, the Boston Celtics are looking to add new talent in pursuit of their 18th banner. Anthony Parker, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is reportedly one of the players drawing interest from the Celtics, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Parker, an eight-year NBA veteran, has averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game in 443 career contests. Parker has played his last two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 595 points and totaling 157 or mre assists in both seasons. Last season, Parker averaged 8.3 points, three rebounds and three assists in 72 games.
In the 2007-08 season with the Toronto Raptors, Parker averaged a career-high 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists while starting all 82 games for the team.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Boston will not use the league's new amnesty clause on anyone from the Cetlics roster at a press conference on Thursday morning. So there's one question mark answered from the 2011 Celtics Free Agency period.
The amnesty clause is part of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement and allows a team to void a contract this season and remove the salary from their cap number. "We are not amnesty-ing anybody," Ainge said Thursday.
The decision was unsurprising since the Celtics do not have an obvious player to amnesty. Jermaine O'Neal was perhaps the closest thing to a choice, but his salary would not save the Celtics much cap room and he is still a tall body when healthy.
As the NBA regular season quickly approaches, the Boston Celtics are trying everything to mold its roster so it can contend for the 2012 NBA Championship. And, everything could mean trading one of its most prized pieces -- point guard Rajon Rondo.
According to a Chris Broussard blog post on ESPN.com:
Jeff Clark of SB Nation's CelticsBlog says he'd only approve a deal if it involved New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul or Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. Both players are superstars and are being placed in the middle of multiple NBA trade rumors.
The NBA Lockout has been lifted and the Boston Celtics are looking to improve its squad for a run at the 2012 NBA Title. Find out the latest free agent news and rumors in this StoryStream.
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