June 5, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) drives to the basket as Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) defends during the first half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Celtics Offseason 2012: Celtics To Open 2012-2013 Season In Miami On October 30

The Celtics 2012-2013 schedule is set to be released later this week, but we already know who they'll face in the opener: Ray Allen and the Miami Heat on Oct. 30.

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NBA Free Agency: Mickael Pietrus Return Looks Doubtful

For those Boston Celtics fans who possibly own a Mickael Pietrus jersey, it soon could be considered a throwback very soon. That's because the free agent swingman and his agent Bill McCandless made it clear to Boston's WEEI Thursday, that the 30-year-old will not play for the veteran minimum -- a $1.23 million salary which more than likely will be the cap-strapped Celtics offer.

"MP will not play for the veteran’s minimum. Period," said McCandless. "It’s not happening. That’s the beginning, middle and end of that. … He is not a veteran’s minimum player. There’s no chance he’ll ever sign for that."

According to McCandless, Pietrus has bigger contract offers from a team overseas and knows other NBA teams will pay his client more than the veteran minimum.

"I’ve had the veteran minimum thrown at me like hubcaps," added McCandless. "In this collective bargaining agreement, a component of any player’s wishes and desires is the money teams are willing to pay. They’re pro athletes. My mother might cry in her beer when Johnny Damon runs away to the Yankees, but you and I understand it’s a business."

Last season, Pietrus was acquired by the Cs in December after the Phoenix Suns waived him. In 42 games with Boston, Pietrus averaged just 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Greg Stiemsma Signs With Timberwolves

The Boston Celtics have lost restricted free agent Greg Stiemsma to the Minnesota Timberwolves, as the NBA salary cap forced the Cs hands. According to reports, Stiemsma will be making about $3 million a year with the Timberwoleves, a number that would have pushed Boston over the $74.3 salary cap.

The Celtics were reluctant to offer Stiemsma, who briefly became a league sensation after joining the team as a training camp invite, that valuable exception and team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe on Friday that Stiemsma was "a free agent still exploring his options. We're just waiting to see what happens."

Stiemsma's departure comes on the same day the Cs inked a deal with 11-year veteran Jason Collins. In his time with Boston, Stiemsma won the hearts of Celtics fans by being an outstanding defender.

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Celtics Free Agency Rumors: Courtney Lee Meets With Doc Rivers, According To Sources

While most of Boston Celtics nation begins the healing process of losing veteran shooter Ray Allen, the franchise's front office brass and head coach Doc Rivers are moving on and looking for a replacement. The search could end shortly, however, as ESPN,com's Marc Stein is reporting the Cs are interested in acquiring the Houston Rockets' Courtney Lee, who met with Rivers on Saturday night.

The Celtics don't have the salary-cap space to sign Lee outright, but sources say that the Houston Rockets have let it be known that they're willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals with both Marcus Camby and Lee amid the increasing likelihood that neither of those coveted free agents will be returning to Houston.

Last season, Lee made 40-percent of his 3-point attempts which helped him average 11.4 points per game. Those numbers, however, aren't close to Allen's 45.3-percent from 3-point land and 14.2 ppg.

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G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Courtney Lee 58 30.3 4.3 10.0 43.3 1.5 3.7 40.1 1.2 1.5 82.6 0.4 2.3 2.7 1.5 1.1 1.2 0.4 1.8 11.4

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Ray Allen Rumors 2012: Allen To Visit Heat, Clippers To Hear Pitches

The Boston Celtics have put together a solid effort to resign veteran shooting guard Ray Allen, the campaign however will need to go through a bit of a waiting period as NBA.com's David Aldridge is reporting Allen will make visits to the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.

According to Aldridge, Allen will visit Miami on Thursday and the Clippers on Friday to hear both franchise's pitches that could entice him to move away from Boston. Allen also held conference calls with the Memphis Grizzles and Minnesota Timberwolves, but hasn't scheduled visits.

The biggest issue, says Aldridge, is money:

The Heat can only offer Allen their mini mid-level exception that starts at $3.09 million next season, the same exception Miami used last year to sign free-agent forward Shane Battier. The Clippers have their full mid-level available at $5 million. Boston has offered Allen a two-year deal for $12 million.

Both the Heat and Clippers are expected to also offer a starting job for Allen, who last season was pushed to the bench by the Celtics -- something that didn't sit well with the 36-year-old.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Celtics Willing To Double Heat's Offer For Ray Allen, According To Sources

The 2012 NBA free agency period began early Sunday morning, and already things are getting very serious when it comes to free agent Ray Allen. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are in a head-to-head battle for Allen, and the Celtics are willing to pay a lot of money to keep the veteran three-point shooter.

This news isn't too surprising considering center Kevin Garnett said he was going to not retire and re-up with Boston. This means, according to SB Nation Boston's Gethin Coolbaugh, the Celtics front office will not begin a rebuilding process this offseason; instead, they will retool.

Offering Allen double the amount of money than the Heat, who has made Allen their top priority during free agency, is a good indication Boston wants to make another run at an NBA title with the Big 3 in '12-13.

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Kevin Garnett Signs 3-Year Deal With Boston Celtics, According To Report

The Boston Celtics and Kevin Garnett have agreed to a three-year contract worth $34 million, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Garnett had been considering retirement, but decided to return to the Celtics rather than end his Hall of Fame career.

The big man averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season in 31.1 minutes per game. He was dominant going forward from the All-Star break, including a postseason run during which he registered 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while providing his normal suffocating defensive presence.

Garnett will turn 39 years old before the end of his contract, but played at a high level last season and is known for staying in fantastic shape.

The news of Garnett's return was first reported by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

With Garnett in tow, the Celtics are likely to attempt another shot at a title run rather than start a rebuilding process.

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