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According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, while the Celtics would not consider adding Hornets center Chris Kaman through a trade, they would have interest in him if he was bought out of his contract and became available as a free agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Hornets are looking for "draft picks, cap space and a young player" in return for the 29 year old Kaman.
Offensively, Kaman is a below average player. His player efficiency rating is 13.9 this season and 14.4 for his career. Defensively, he can contribute to a team by blocking shots and crashing the defensive glass. His career defensive rebounding percentage of 23.9 and block percentage of 3.7 are both above average.
Glen Davis has reportedly been traded by the Boston Celtics in a sign-and-trade deal to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Glen Davis' says in a Boston Celtics uniform may be coming to an end, as the Boston Celtics are reportedly trying to send Big Baby to the Orlando Magic in exchange for fellow big man Brandon Bass, according to the Boston Herald.
According to a league source, the Cs are in discussions with Orlando to send Big Baby, in a sign-and-trade deal, to Orlando for power forward Brandon Bass - a player Magic management had been very high on at one stage. (via Dan Duggan, Boston Herald)
Davis is an unrestricted free agent, so the Celtics would likely complete a sign-and-trade to bring in Bass. Davis has played for the Celtics for his entire four-year career. In 277 games, Davis has averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in Boston.
Bass, a six-year veteran, has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks and most recently the Magic. In 336 games, Bass averages 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Last season, Bass averaged a career-high 11.2 points and 5.6 boards with the Magic.
Are the Celtics once again the favorite to win the Chris Paul Trade sweepstakes? The New Orleans Hornets are reportedly coming back around on Rajon Rondo as a centerpiece for rebuilding as the Clippers and Warriors pull their young talent off the trade market, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston has been dogged in its pursuit of Paul, reportedly proposing as many as eight different options built around Rondo, Jeff Green, first-round draft picks and various third-team assets.
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Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers believe they can sell Paul on re-signing with Boston for the long-term and desperately want him as the franchise star of their post-Big 3 era.
"Danny is a risk-taker," one league official involved in the talks said. "He’s willing to gamble on Paul, because he believes you win championships with stars, and he’s going to get another one to rebuild his team around."
Boston has been active in trying to get a third team involved, but according to Woj's source, the Hornets have been unhelpful in providing directions for Ainge to act on.
Chris Paul is on the trading block (shocking, I know), but with CP3's deal up at the end of the year and with Paul having announced his intentions to leave the New Orleans Hornets, it's completely understandable.
Still, the Hornets are trying to get the best deal they can for Paul, and for good reason. In six NBA seasons (all with the Hornets), Paul has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.4 steals in 425 games. Superstar? You bet.
As of Thursday morning, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly the most likely destinations for Paul in a trade. Boston general manager Danny Ainge's pursuit of Paul, who he would ultimately trade Rajon Rondo and others for, has been well publicized, despite Ainge's reaffirmation of faith in Rondo as the Celtics' point guard.
Various executives believe that the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are thus the two most likely landing spots for Paul, but sources with knowledge of New Orleans' thinking said late Wednesday that the Hornets are prepared to wait for offers to improve, convinced that they they're getting low-ball proposals at this early stage of the process based on the external belief that they're so motivated to move Paul they will rush into a deal. (via ESPN)
The Celtics' current offer for Paul reportedly features Rondo, the rights to restricted free agent Jeff Green and two first-round draft picks, is the strongest offer according to ESPN. However, it would be a risky move for the Celtics.
The Celtics, sources say, are currently presenting the strongest offer, which features Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and two first-round picks. As the Paul pursuer most willing to trade for the All-Star point guard with zero assurance that Paul will stay beyond this season, Boston is also trying to concoct multi-team scenarios that would help the Hornets come away with the package they desire for Paul, featuring at least one established veteran to help them stay relevant, one up-and-coming talent and draft picks.
Thanks, but no thanks.
NBA source: Celtics contacted Warriors about Rondo-for-Curry & were turned down. Presumably, Boston wanted to flip Curry to NO for Paul.
With that deal dead in the water, Boston is now packaging Rondo and forward Jeff Green along with two future first-round draft picks in its latest offer to the Hornets. They clearly want Paul, who has already gone on record to say the feeling is far from mutual.
However, without a no-trade clause in his contract, he may not have much choice.
The report indicates that Paul will not be on the hook for more than next season, giving him the opportunity to leave if he so chooses. However, the Celtics hope Paul could possibly entice Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the team following next season, according to the report.
Boston is still up against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Warriors in their quest for Paul.
Chris Paul could be wearing a Celtics' uniform next season if Boston's trade talks with the New Orleans Hornets are successful. Boston is engaged in trade talks with the Hornets for Paul, but they are not alone. The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have also contacted New Orleans about their All-Star point guard, according to a report (via Adrian Wojnarowski's Twitter).
Paul reportedly has no intention of re-signing with the Hornets. Although it is not his choice to make, Paul said that he would like to be traded to the New York Knicks. One drawback for the Celtics in this offer battle: Adrian Wojnarowski also reported (via Twitter) that Paul might be inclined to stay long-term if the Clippers or Warriors were to sign Paul's old New Orleans teammate Tyson Chandler.
Rajon Rondo's agent Bill Duffy maintains that his client will remain with the Boston Celtics. Duffy was at the Celtics' practice facility today and talked with Boston general manager Danny Ainge about reports that Rondo could be traded for Chris Paul or someone else.
Duffy said about the meeting:
"I'm told that he's their guy," Duffy told the Herald. "There's been repeated interest in him, as there is in other players. But they have high expectations for Rajon now and moving forward." (via Boston Herald)
Duffy also said that the trade talk has been unsettling for Rondo, which is understandable if Rondo is indeed staying with the Celtics.
"It's just disturbing," said Duffy. "It's disturbing for everybody. It's disturbing for me. It's disturbing for him, because it makes one think, ‘Where do I stand in this relationship?' Particularly because he's a darn good player, and this is a very successful franchise, and he's one of the key players on the franchise."
Rajon Rondo may have worn out his welcome with the Boston Celtics. At least, that's what former C's player and current Comcast SportsNet New England team analyst Donny Marshall said in an interview on NBC's SportsTalk on Friday.
"My sources tell me he's started to wear his welcome out a little bit," said Marshall, who went on to say that general manager Danny Ainge isn't afraid to try and trade anyone on the team.
Rondo's name popped up on the rumor mill once again this week, as news broke that Ainge was attempting to trade Rondo for New Orleans Hornets superstar guard Chris Paul. However, the Hornets reportedly weren't willing to do a straight up swap of Paul-for-Rondo, leading Ainge to seek out a third party for extra trade chips for New Orleans.
Paul dissolved the rumors, however, saying he only wanted to be traded to the New York Knicks. Regardless, Paul does not have a no-trade clause in his current contract, which expires after the season, and could still be traded anywhere.
The Knicks still might not have enough assets to secure Paul, though. The team likely cannot put together a package that holds as much value as other interested suitors can offer.
Hornets general manager Dell Demps has been receiving lots of calls from other teams who are interested in Paul. One of those teams is reportedly the Boston Celtics, who would likely need to part with Rajon Rondo to land New Orleans' perennial All-Star. The Celtics, according to Yahoo!'s report, might be willing to trade for Paul even if he does not initially sign a contract extension with the team.
The Hornets would like to trade Paul sooner rather than later, and are not necessarily looking for a point guard in return. If Paul is traded for a package that does not include a point guard, the Hornets are comfortable with allowing Jarrett Jack to manage the position in 2011-12.
Danny Ainge spoke to reporters for the first time since the unofficial end of the NBA Lockout on Thursday morning, and one of the main talking points was naturally the trade rumors surrounding Boston Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has been rumored to be involved in several potential trades, specifically a deal that Ainge had reportedly been working hard to make swapping him with New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul. But on Thursday morning, Ainge let it be known that, despite the rumors, he and the team love Rondo and think he'll be just fine.
"I'll talk to Rondo. Rondo will be fine," team president Danny Ainge said. "Rondo knows that we love him. He's excited to come back and play basketball. He gets a lot of attention. He's a great player. There's a lot of people that call me and ask me about Rondo. How these rumors get out is unfortunate but we didn't leak those rumors out and we'll deal with it. He'll be fine." (via WEEI)
The Boston Celtics, who currently have just one center signed, will target Houston Rockets free agent center Chuck Hayes to add depth, Sean Deveney of The Sporting News reported Wednesday.
"Celtics are obviously looking for a low-cost, banger to put at center. Top target, I am told: Houston's Chuck Hayes. Would be a good fit," Deveney tweeted.
Hayes is the league's only 6-foot-6 center, a rock-like pillar of defense who somehow manages to thrive in his role despite an utter lack of height, length or athleticism. Not the type to wow fans looking for dunks and highlight-reel scores, Hayes nonetheless excels as a rebounder and has made himself into one of the NBA's better low-post defenders. Think Glen Davis, except likely cheaper and without the occasional tendencies to clash with Doc Rivers or shoot ill-advised jumpers from the perimeter.
Hayes started 63 of 74 games last season for the Houston Rockets, averaging 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He posted one of the more unlikely triple-doubles in recent NBA history in March, when Hayes -- who contributed just 14 assists total during his entire rookie season -- notched 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against the Golden St. Warriors.
And just like that, the rumors are dead. Chris Paul, rumored to have been a top target of the Boston Celtics, reportedly would not sign a long term extension with the team, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge was reportedly pushing hard to land Paul, according to multiple reports that surfaced on Tuesday night. In exchange for Paul, Ainge was willing to offer young star Rajon Rondo, but the New Orleans Hornets were apparently not willing to deal Paul for Rondo straight up.
Rondo also had his name tied to the Indiana Pacers, who Yahoo! Sports basketball guru Adrian Wojnarowski wrote were interested in Rondo. It was unclear what the Pacers were willing to trade or Rondo, but appeared likely that they would bring in a third team to give Boston the talent it wanted in return.
Rajon Rondo's is at the center of several trade rumors, most notably for Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, but is also reportedly drawing interest from the Indiana Pacers. Rondo averaged 10.6 points and 11.2 assists last season.
Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul are two of the NBA's premier point guards, and they've had their names mentioned in numerous trade rumors, such as the potential Rondo-for-Paul swap. For the Celtics, the deal is a no-brainer.
Rajon Rondo is the talk of the town, as the Boston Celtics are reportedly trying to trade their young, talented point guard to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for superstar guard Chris Paul. Reports surfaced Tuesday night that Celtics GM Danny Ainge is pushing hard to swap Rondo for Paul, but the Hornets are looking for more in the deal.
However, this isn't the first time that Ainge has tried to trade Rondo.
Ainge reportedly offered to trade Rondo, along with Jeff Green, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins following the playoffs last season, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Yes, you read that correctly. Ainge tried to trade Green back to the Thunder - the very team the C's acquired him from at last year's trade deadline - to reacquire Perkins, and he was willing to give up Rondo to do it.
If that isn't an indictment on the play of Green, as well as Rondo, I don't know what is.
Rajon Rondo's days with the Boston Celtics may be coming to an end, as Sports Illustrated reports that the C's are looking into a trade that would send Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for superstar point guard Chris Paul.
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