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The Boston Celtics will sign center Darko Milicic to a one-year contract some time next week, according to a report by A. Sharrod Barkley of Comcast SportsNet New England. The deal will be for the veteran's minimum.
Milicic reportedly had more lucrative offers to play in Europe but opted to sign in Boston instead. For the Celtics, the deal is low-risk, high-reward because they are only committed to one season at a minimum salary. The 7'0 center is expected to compete with Chris Wilcox, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Jason Collins for playing time as the backup to Kevin Garnett.
With training camp set to begin on Sept. 29, the Celtics will now carry 14 guaranteed contracts, which means there is only one spot remaining for players with non-guaranteed deals.
There is no word on whether or not this will be an actual contract the Celtics will sign Milicic to, or if it will be merely a training camp invite. Helin says that the likelihood of this being a full signing with a guarenteed contract is pretty slim.
Boston plans to play small a lot this year...Thing is, Boston already has Jason Collins for that role. Plus they have Chris Wilcox off the bench. The Celtics have no available roster spots to put anyone, and while size is always a premium I'm not sure they eat a contract to add Darko to the roster.
If Milicic does sign with the Celtics, it would be his sixth team since being drafted at No. 2 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Over his career, he has averaged 6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
The 36-year-old has spent the last two seasons as the head man of the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Development League and has led the team to a 60-40 record over that span with consecutive playoff berths. In addition, Larranaga has also coached the Irish national team as well as serving as an assistant at Cornell.
Prior to becoming a coach, Larranaga played professionally in Spain, Italy, Greece and France. He also played for Bowling Green State University and holds the school's record for most three-pointers made in a single game with nine.
He is the son of University of Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, who led George Mason to the 2006 Final Four.
After months of tacit assumption that a deal was all done, forward Jeff Green has officially signed a contract with the Boston Celtics, according to the team's website. The length and amount of the deal is not being reported, per team policy, but reports stretching back to July suggested the two sides had come to an agreement on a four-year, $36 million deal in July.
Green, 25, adds some youth to an aging Celtics' front court that features veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward will also be looking to put together a bounce-back season after missing all of 2011-12 due to an aortic aneurysm -- essentially, an unusual bulging of the primary artery that extends from the heart out into the rest of the body -- that was found during a preseason physical.
In '11, Green was traded to Boston from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the franchise with which he spent his first four NBA seasons. The former Georgetown Hoyas star was drafted fifth overall by the Celtics in the 2007 NBA draft, but he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the deal that brought All-Star shooting guard Ray Allen to Boston.
During his five-year NBA career, Green has averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
For more on the Jeff Green signing, visit CelticsBlog.
After the need for season-ending heart surgery in December, the organization pulled a qualifying offer, which eliminated the possibility of a sign-and-trade. In July, the two sides came to terms on a four-year deal worth $36 million that has yet to be signed.
However, a report was recently published by the Boston Globe that stated that the deal would be officially announced in the coming week. With this in mind, the delay in the announcement could be the result of the two sides trying to figure out how to handle any potential health issues Green may suffer in the future.
While the soon-to-be 26-year-old Georgetown product has stated that he feels better than he ever has, the organization will likely want to protect themselves from any unfortunate developments that could occur over the course of the deal.
This creates a trickle down effect that could include the contract's structure, which impacts how much annually the Celtics have to pay Green as well as how close to the $74 million salary cap apron the contract will place the team.
Jason Terry's belief that he can help Boston bring home another NBA Championship this season is more than skin-deep - or however deep tattoo ink goes, anyway - he reiterated his belief that the Celtics are bound to win a Larry O'Brien Trophy in 2013 in an interview with Boston's CBS affiliate:
"If I looked at our team and what they accomplished last year - they're one game away. They're one game away from going back to the NBA finals, and I think they win it," Terry told WBZ-TV's Steve Burton Thursday at the Reebok Headquarters in Canton.
"This year, put a little ‘Jet Fuel' into the mix, and I think we have the team," laughed a confident Terry.
Terry's always found a way to be extra-cocky and confident, but he's backed up his talk and his pretending-to-be-a-plane with his on-court play: Terry has averaged over 15 points all but two times in his 15 year NBA career and has shot over 34.7 percent from three every year since his rookie year, nailing 37.8 percent of his triples in 2011-2012. And of course, the last time he guaranteed a ring with a tattoo, his prognostication turned out to be right, as his bench play was pivotal in helping the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. Terry won't fully replace Ray Allen, but he's proven he can contribute on winning teams. If he does win a ring in Boston, it had better come soon, as Terry is 34, and the rest of the squad aren't exactly spring chickens either.
The Boston Celtics are reportedly close to finalizing their deal with Jeff Green, and the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports that agent David Falk thinks it will be official next week. Washburn reported on Saturday that Falk was working to finalize the outstanding minor issues:
For those who missed it earlier, David Falk, the agent for Jeff Green, told Boston Globe that his client's deal with #celtics is close and should be official next week.
The framework of the deal was agreed upon at the beginning of the NBA free agency season in July. It's reportedly a four-year deal worth $36 million.
Green became an unrestricted free agent after the Celtics pulled back a qualifying offer last winter. But the two sides came to an agreement as free agency opened this summer, with the Celtics even holding a press conference with Green.
At the end of July, Falk said the deal was imminent and that just some minor issues involving CBA changes were being worked out. But no deal was ever officially announced. It's still unclear how much of the deal will be guaranteed, but everything should be finalized in the coming week.
Paul Pierce isn't waiting around to let his intentions be known for when his contract expires.
In an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe on Saturday, Pierce stated the following:
"I think I am going to play this one out," Pierce said. "I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body [may not] be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It’s about winning a championship and if I feel like it’s the right thing to do, maybe so [come back]. If I solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it’s about keeping your options open."
Despite being 34-years-old, Pierce remains very valuable to the squad after averaging just over 19 points per game in 2011-12. If he decides to leave after what will be his 15th season with Boston, it would be a hammer to the heart of many Celtics fans.
Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with Boston, according to his agent Kenge Stevenson (via WEEI). Dooling's contract will be for the veteran minimum of $1.35 million. Dooling signing at that level leaves the $1.96 million bi-annual exception open for the Celtics to use.
Dooling has played in the NBA for 12 seasons and has averaged 7.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. Last season with Boston, Dooling averaged 4.0 points and 1.1 assists in 14.4 minutes per game. He appeared in 46 games, starting twice. Dooling also appeared in 20 playoff games for the Celtics and averaged 2.8 points in 10.6 minutes per game.
Dooling gives the C's plenty of depth at the guard position and he also serves as the Vice President of the NBA Players Association.
The terms of the contract are yet to be released to the public.
According to Jerry Zgoda via twitter, Stiemsma signed with Minnesota, join forces with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. A role player, Stiemsma played in 55 games last season for Boston (starting three). The 26-year-old averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 2011-12.
At 6-foot-11 and 260 pounds, the T-Wolves add to their bench while the Celtics are left to fill the void. Doc Rivers and co. should be in good shape however after drafting the likes of Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo.
With so much youthful size, the Celtics could afford to let Stiemsma walk if the price wasn't absolutely right. Considering the recent additions of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, Boston would have been hard pressed to keep him.
Last season for the Boston Celtics, Hollins played in 15 games, starting one, after coming over from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hollins averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.7 points per game. He also played in 17 playoff games for Boston, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game. The six-year veteran averages 4.2 points, 2.2 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game for his career.
Hollins is just one of the players the C's had to figure out what to do with after last season. No matter what happens with Hollins, it is looking increasingly likely that backup Celtics center Greg Stiemsma will land with the Timberwolves.
Stiemsma met with the Timberwolves a couple of weeks ago with his agent. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent and while they have the right to match any offer for the center, Minnesota's offer might be out of range for the C's. Boston's qualifying offer was reported to be a little more than $1 million while Minnesota's offer will reportedly be $3 million for one season.
As a rookie last season, Stiemsma played 55 games (3 starts) for the Celtics and averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 13.9 minutes per game. He also played in 19 postseason contests last season and had 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 7.5 minutes.
In 58 games last season and 26 starts, Lee was consistently lethal from downtown. The 26-year-old shot 40 percent on his 3-point attempts while averaging just over 11 points per game.
If Lee came to Boston, he would likely come off the bench and provide some nice depth with the ability to fill in for a starter on any given night.
However, the Celtics would need to acquire Lee through a sign-and-trade deal instead of a simple signing due to their lack of cap space.
The loss of Ray Allen will hurt the Boston Celtics fanbase for a bit, however, it will not hurt the franchise's pocketbook, and the newly found funds could lead to a solid payday for forward Jeff Green. According to sources of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are offering Green a contract worth $36 million over four seasons, which would lockup the big man for a few more seasons.
The deal could be officially announced sometime earlier this week, says Green's agent David Falk.
Last season, Green would have played under a one-year, $9-million contract, however, an aortic aneurism forced the 25-year-old to miss the season and voided the deal.
In 2010-11, Green averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before he was traded to Boston, where he 9.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg.
The 6-foot-9 Green came to the Celtics at the 2011 trade deadline in the deal which sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 26 games with Boston after the deadline day deal.
Green missed the entire 2011-12 season after having heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Green's agent David Falk told Berget that the way the Celtics handled Green's recovery was "First Class", and was one of the main reasons why Green came back to Boston.
In his 5-year career, Green has averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds a game since being drafted fifth overall by the then Seattle SuperSonics in 2007.
Terms of the deal have not been released.
Stiemsma and his agent Mike Naiditch were set to meet with Timberwolves GM David Kahn on Friday, but it was postponed until Saturday due to Minnesota signing veteran guard Brandon Roy and their desire to sign Portland Trailblazers swingman Nicholas Batum
The Celtics made a $1.1 million qualifying offer to Stiemsma, and have the right to match any offer sheet that Stiemsma signs with the Timberwolves or any other team that is interested in the Wisconsin product.
Naiditch said he was only concerned with Boston not matching an offer sheet if the Celtics re-signed Ray Allen. With Allen heading to Miami, the Celtics shouldn't have a problem finding the necessary funds to keep Stiemsma back to Boston.
The Big Three era is officially over. Ray Allen has decided to leave the Boston Celtics and take his talents to South Beach to join LeBron James and the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports. Allen spent five seasons in Boston.
Allen is visiting in Miami on Thursday, with the Heat's hope that they can convince him to sign for significantly less than Boston's reported standing offer of two years and $12 million. Miami will try to lure him with the prospect of competing for another title.
The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Boston is making a strong push to keep Allen despite reaching an agreement with Jason Terry earlier during the NBA free agency moratorium. The Celtics could be willing to include a no-trade clause or trade kicker in their offer that would give Allen a significant pay raise should he get dealt from the Celtics during the span of his next contract.
The Boston Celtics are "making a heavy push" to keep Ray Allen in Boston, according to a Boston Herald report on Thursday afternoon, and are considering a concession that could be just what Allen is looking for.
Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics are willing to include a no-trade clause or trade kicker that would give Allen a significant raise if he is traded to another team. That would be huge in their recruitment of Allen, since he has had doubts about his job stability in Boston after coming close to being traded several times over the past few seasons.
The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers remain as the other top contenders for Allen's services. The Heat could offer him his best chance at a title and the Clippers could likely provide a starting job.
But Boston can offer more money, and now the Celtics are moving to allay Allen's fears.
Boston Celtics free agent guard Ray Allen is nearing a decision as to which team he will join for the season ahead. A Thursday report from ESPN says that two teams, the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers, are the leading candidates for his services. Both teams are also using some heavy hitters to recruit Allen.
LeBron James is trying to sway Allen's decision to come to South Beach. Allen is being wooed by Chris Paul to come to the West Coast. Celtics fans, according to the same report, should not give up hope just yet, as Allen has not ruled out re-signing with Boston.
Allen will visit Miami on Thursday. On Friday, he will travel to Los Angeles for a visit with the Clippers, who could offer more money and more prominent role with the team.
A decision could come by the end of the weekend.
Terry will give the Dallas Mavericks a chance to counter the three-year, $15.7 million deal that the Celtics offered him on Tuesday, but said he is "not optimistic" that he will be able to work anything out with his former team. The Mavericks are cap-conscious as they continue to pursue a second superstar to team with Dirk Nowitzki.
Terry, 34, explained the draws that have brought him to the verge of signing a contract with Boston.
"I just love that they have a championship pedigree. And I think their point guard (Rajon Rondo) is the best in the business at controlling both ends of the floor. And they've got Hall of Famers.''
Jason Terry and the Boston Celtics have have finalized an agreement on a three-year deal using the mid-level exception, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
That would pay Terry approximately $15.7 million over the three years.
Free agents can't officially sign until July 11, but are free to make verbal commitments until then.
ESPN reports that Terry is likely to give the Dallas Mavericks a chance to match the contract. But even if they're given the opportunity to match it, the Mavericks are reportedly unlikely to do so because of their desire to maintain salary cap flexibility. They have been conscious of creating cap space and are still chasing free agent Deron Williams, along with a possible trade to bring in Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.
Terry, 34, averaged 15.1 points and 3.6 assists last season.
Free agent guard Jason Terry and the Boston Celtics are approaching agreement on a three-year contract, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. But the Celtics shouldn't count their chickens just yet.
Though the Mavericks like Terry, who was a crucial piece to their 2011 NBA championship run, matching Boston's offer isn't a given. Dallas has spent the past couple seasons maneuvering to open cap space, and re-signing Terry would take away some of their flexibility.
If Terry does end up landing in Boston, it would be a coup for the Celtics, who desperately need scoring. Terry could also relieve some of Rajon Rondo's ball-handling abilities.
Jason Terry is apparently very close to becoming the newest member of the Boston Celtics, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, who reports that sources of Y! Sports have said that Terry and the Celtics are in the final stages of a contract agreement. Terry, a veteran free agent guard, was linked to the Celtics in free agency.
Celtics are in final discussions on terms of a multi-year deal with Mavericks free agent guard Jason Terry, sources tells Yahoo! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2012
Terry, who was 34 last season, averaged 17.1 points in 63 games -- only one of which he started. A bench specialist, Terry would bring a lot to a team like the Celtics, in need of all the scoring help they can get.
Of course, Terry is a shooting guard. So is Ray Allen. What all does that mean?
First, the reported signing of Terry could mean the end of the Allen era in Boston. However, the signing of Terry doesn't necessarily signal the end of Allen's tenure with the Celtics, as the team could bring Ray Ray back thanks to bird rights and give Terry a mid-level exception deal. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has made it clear that he would like to sign both.
No terms have been released on the Terry signing, which will make the picture clearer.
The Boston Celtics and Jason Terry are engaged in the final stages of discussion to bring the 34-year old guard to Boston, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Terms of Terry's deal have not been disclosed, which makes sense because nothing is final, but it is probable that he will sign for the mid-level exception. Danny Ainge said earlier this week that he expects the Celtics to be able to stay under the luxury tax threshold and have the full mid-level exception to spend.
Terry averaged 15.1 points and 3.6 assists per game last season for the Dallas Mavericks, connecting on 37.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. The Celtics have long been desperate for bench scoring, and Terry's one of the best in the NBA at filling that particular role.
The Boston Celtics announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with their three draft picks, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, Fab Melo of Syracuse and Kris Joseph of Syracuse.
The terms of the deals were not disclosed, per team policy.
Sullinger, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was the 21st pick after averaging 17.5 points and 9,2 rebounds during the past season at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to the Final Four. He is the second two-time First Team AP All-American the Celtics have ever drafted. The first was Larry Bird.
Melo, a 7-foot center, and Joseph, a 6-foot-8 wing, were teammates at Syracuse. Melo was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. Joseph led the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game, adding 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
Via ESPN Boston:
"I don't know," Rivers said Tuesday. "We're working hard. He has a lot of options and that's the bad news for us. It'll be interesting. I wish I had a feel on it. Usually I do. But I can tell you in this one I don't."
Rivers said that he spoke to Allen on Monday and plans to do so every day of free agency.
The 36-year old shooting guard is reportedly visiting with the Miami Heat on Thursday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The Celtics can offer more money than either of those teams, but Miami gives Allen a better shot at a championship and the Clippers can probably give him a starting job.
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.
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics would like to bring back free agent forward Jeff Green, who the team re-signed at the start of this past season but was forced to miss the entire season after doctors discovered that he had an aortic aneurysm. Green is expected to be ready for the 2012-13 season, and Ainge hopes he will be wearing green.
"We intend to have Jeff back," said Ainge after introducing Boston's three rookies during a community event at the Jackson Mann/Horace Mann Education Complex. "Nothing is done, but we intend to have him back. I think we're going to enter a contract with him, hopefully by the end of the moratorium." (via ESPN Boston)
Green has averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in his career and averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 44.9 percent from the field in the 2010-11 campaign.
Free agent forward Chris Wilcox has been cleared for full-court contact after undergoing season-ending heart surgery, his agent told NBA.com's David Aldridge on Monday. It's the first step toward Wilcox returning to an NBA court in 2012.
The Boston Celtics will consider re-signing Wilcox, Danny Ainge said during a press conference to introduce the team's rookies on Monday. The 6-foot-10 big man averaged 5.4 points on 59 percent shooting to go along with 4.4 rebounds for the Celtics last season before doctors found an enlarged aorta which required surgery at the end of March. That ended his season.
After re-signing Kevin Garnett and drafting Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, the Celtics are considerably less desperate to sign big men than they were at the beginning of the NBA offseason. They also have to make a decision on Greg Stiemsma, a restricted free agent.
The Boston Celtics aren't just standing around and waiting for something to fall their way in this 2012 NBA free agency period.
General manager Danny Ainge has been aggressive even after locking up Kevin Garnett. It looked as though Ray Allen was all but out the door a week ago, but now it seems he may stay a while, according to SI.com.
The Miami Heat are well-documented pursuers of Allen, but are only able to offer three years and $9 million, while the Celtics can pony up with a two-year, $12 million contract. Nothing is a sure thing, but Boston would seem to have a clear advantage in that race.
Jeff Green is coming off of open-heart surgery that forced him to miss all of last season and perhaps jeopardize his future. However, Boston looks like they may bring him back.
Green is still just 25-years-old and could be a nice piece for the future. Don't expect a deal just yet though with more pressing matters like Allen going on. Green might have to wait his turn in the free agency process, but all signs point to a deal thus far for the two parties.
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.
Source: Celtics willing to double (in terms of $) Heat offer to Ray Allen. Will give 2 years/$12 million. Heat can offer only $3 mill a yr— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2012
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.
Kevin Garnett is reportedly coming back for three more years with the Boston Celtics, signaling that Danny Ainge and company are not giving up on the goal of the Big Three era producing an 18th championship.
Basketball news never stops, especially when I'm about to go to bed and see a link from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports about five seconds before I was about to shut my computer and go to bed, but I digress. (Note: I don't hate Woj. I love Woj. Woj for prez!)
Anyway, Woj's story included some good information, per usual. Of note, the Boston Celtics are pursuing Jason Terry, a free agent guard formerly of the Dallas Mavericks (the one with the Larry O'Brien trophy tattooed onto his arm), as a potential replacement for Ray Allen, who is anticipated to relocate (the Miami Heat are the front runners, according to reports). Terry, a three-point specialist, is a 13-year veteran who has played for two teams: the Mavs and Atlanta Hawks. Last season, Terry averaged 15.1 points in 63 game (62 off the bench) and made 138 treys. For his career, Terry has buried 1,788 threes.
Woj also reports that the Celtics are also interested in Nick Young, the free agent guard who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers this past season after spending the first four and a half seasons with the Washington Wizards. Young averaged 14.2 points last year.
Last but not least, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported early Sunday morning that the Celtics have reached out to the representatives of free agent guards O.J. Mayo and Jamal Crawford, and both have been tied to Boston via trade or free agency rumors.
Did you get all that? Good. Now, if you excuse me, some of us need some sleep.
Kevin Garnett will return, but the futures of Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, Greg Stiemsma, Keyon Dooling, Mickael Pietrus, Marquis Daniels, Jeff Green, Ryan Hollins and Sasha Pavlovic are uncertain as NBA free agency begins on Sunday.
With the 2012 NBA free agency period almost upon us, each team has some work to do when ti comes to re-signing some of their own.
In the case of the Boston Celtics, they have an incredible amount with almost the entire team up for a new contract.
Here's the list of Boston's free agents:
While Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett are back, the rest of the team is very much in a state of flux. Garnett of course is back for another three years after agreeing to a new deal on Saturday to the tune of $32 million.
General manager Danny Ainge will have to pick and choose who he wants to return after almost reaching the NBA Finals. Some are no-brainers one way or the other, and yet so many are cases of money versus reward.
The Heat will only have the $3 million mini mid-level exception to offer Allen, but also have other pulls, like the chance to play alongside LeBron James and contend for titles every season.
Miami likely can't offer Allen as much playing time as many other teams, considering that Dwyane Wade plays the same position. But Windhorst reports that head coach Erik Spoelstra is likely to play James at power forward more often in the future, likely opening up more time for Allen should he sign there.
The Boston Celtics can offer Allen significantly more money than the Heat, since they have his Bird rights and can go over the salary cap to re-sign him. But the 36-year old has stated that stability is one of his top priorities in finding his next team, and Danny Ainge has included Allen in trade discussions several times over the past few years.
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.
Garnett and the Celtics still haven't finalized his new deal, according to Steve Bulpett of the Herald, but are in the process of completing a deal that will be at least two years and might include a third.
"The decision came down to whether KG wanted to keep playing," said one source. "And once he decided that he did, it was going to be Boston. He wasn't going to leave Doc (River) and those guys and play anywhere else."
"Kevin was absolutely great this season, and he just wants to keep going," said a source. "And when you look at how he was playing, there's no reason for him to stop."
Stiemsma appeared in 55 games for the Celtics last season (3 starts) and averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 13.9 minutes per game. He also made 19 postseason appearances for Boston but only played 7.5 minutes per game. Plantar fasciitis in his left foot slowed him down at the end of the season.
The Celtics did add some depth at the center position in the 2012 NBA Draft when they picked Fab Melo from Syracuse. The C's were also busy signing players on Friday to fill the roster for their summer league team. The summer league will begin next weekend in Orlando and Las Vegas.
The Memphis Grizzlies surprisingly decided not to extend a qualifying offer to O.J. Mayo, making the shooting guard an unrestricted free agent when the free agency period arrives on July 1.
The Boston Celtics have been rumored to have interest in acquiring Mayo via trade, and would naturally be interested in landing him as a free agent. But there are a few barriers to their pursuit.
The possibility exists for the Celtics to open more than $20 million in cap space, but for now -- with the Celtics retaining Bird rights on Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, among others -- they have cap holds that render their potential cap space essentially useless.
If Garnett retires, Allen moves on to another team or Danny Ainge decides to throw a curveball and renounce the rights to some free agents, the Celtics could open some room underneath the cap.
But as their situation stands now, their ability to sign free agents is limited to the mid-level exception and minimum contracts. Since Mayo is expected to command a larger deal, the Celtics would almost certainly have to do some maneuvering in their quest to obtain him.
Exploring a sign-and-trade deal to land Mayo is still a possibility, even if nothing changes regarding Boston's cap space. Reports have conflicted about whether the Celtics are interested in including Brandon Bass in a sign-and-trade for Mayo.
According to Stein, Danny Ferry, who was recently hired as Atlanta's general manager, isn't ready to trade Smith away immediately before having more time to ponder the situation.
Smith, 26, will be paid $13.2 million for the 2012-13 season in the final year of his contract. The jack-of-all-trades, who is good friends with Rajon Rondo, averaged 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals with Atlanta last season. He is viewed as one of the best two-way talents in the NBA, but is also known for questionable decision-making.
It comes as no surprise considering the Heat are in need of a shooter from the outside to compliment LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Despite an incredible Game 5 performance in the Finals, Mike Miller is a shell of his former self, leaving space for a sharpshooter on the Miami roster.
Boston might be ready to retool, considering the collective age of Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. While the Celtics fought admirably against the Heat and almost defeated them, the reality is a window that has probably closed on this group.
It doesn't make much financial or basketball sense for General Manager Danny Ainge to re-sign Allen at this point. While he served his purpose and helped restore glory for Boston, it's most likely in both parties best interest to move on.
Kevin Garnett has not made a decision regarding his future with the Boston Celtics, or the NBA in general, the team's President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, told reporters on Wednesday morning at the practice facility in Waltham, MA. Ainge said that he has had conversations with Garnett, but has nothing new to say regarding the topic.
Ainge on KG: "No news to report. We're having conversations with KG but nothing yet. Sooner we could get KG done the better for us."- Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 27, 2012
Ainge also said that he believes Garnett will either return to the Celtics or retire, instead of looking elsewhere on the free agent market. Garnett is an unrestricted free agent, meaning he could sign wherever he wants. Garnett is coming off of a tremendous season with the Celtics, specifically in the second half, and he averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds during the regular-season while averaging 19.2 points during Boston's lengthy postseason run.
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Free agent shooting guard Ray Allen and the Miami Heat have mutual interest, according to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
Allen hasn't ruled out a return to the Boston Celtics, but several reports have noted that he seems to have one foot out the door.
As Windhorst points out, the Heat won't have as much money to offer Allen as other teams. The most they can offer him is the mini mid-level exception, which begins at $3 million per season. Playing for the Heat would also require Allen to come off the bench, which he was reportedly upset to do during his final season in Boston, because it's impossible to imagine a non-injury scenario in which Allen starts ahead of Dwyane Wade.
But the Heat are the clear favorites to repeat as Eastern Conference champions next season and return to the NBA Finals to defend their crown. If Allen wants to remain a valuable component of a contender, Miami is an intriguing option. Plus, Allen would benefit from double-teams on Wade and LeBron James -- think about the NBA's most prolific three-point shooter ever shooting all those open jumpers Shane Battier and Mike Miller drained in the Finals.
Rest assured, Celtics Nation. Kevin Garnett will be coming back, at least, that's what Flip Saunders said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Saunders, who coached Garnett in his Minnesota Timberwolves days and served as an advisor to the Boston Celtics during this year's postseason run, said as much in his newspaper interview with Sid Hartman.
Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do. (via StarTribune.com)
Well, that settles it then. Saunders was only around the Celtics for a short period of time, but he and Garnett do go back quite a ways. Now, even if all of that is true, Danny Ainge and the Celtics would still have to offer him a contract, which is not a guarantee. It all depends what direction Ainge wants to take the team, although Garnett did prove his worth with his tremendous second half performance and his vintage output in the playoffs.
Asik averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 14.7 minutes per game last season in the crowded Chicago frontcourt. He's known as a defensive presence who crashes the boards and could potentially blossom in a greater role.
The Celtics, who have just four players under contract for the 2012-13 season, are in need of a big man. But because of Asik's status as a restricted free agent, they might have to overpay to acquire him.
Not even Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck knows where his team is headed this summer.
Grousbeck told WEEI's Mut and Merloni on Friday what the NBA world figured: The Celtics are entering the offseason with a number of ideas, but no set direction.
The Celtics have just four players currently under contract for next season. Kevin Garnett is contemplating retirement, and his decision on that front could be the first domino of many to fall in Boston this summer.
"I think it's fair to say when you look at the roster and you see who is under contract for next year starting with [Rajon] Rondo and [Paul] Pierce, and then you see who isn't under contract -- obviously a number of very good players are coming off deals with us including all the way to Brandon Bass and [Mickael] Pietrus and other people opting out or being free agents -- the picture is not in place for next year yet," said Grousbeck. "There are free agents available this summer as well from other teams, and there are a bunch of free agents available next summer from other teams, potentially.
"We can let this play out. We want to stay competitive. We want to stay contenders if we possibly can, but we really want to get banner 18, and sometimes you need a lot of luck to get a banner, I can tell you that. But we will see how this plays out over the next couple of years."
Weems played in Lithuania this past season largely because of the NBA lockout, but was forced to leave his team after suffering a bad ankle sprain which needed more treatment than he could find in Lithuania. During his last NBA season in 2010-11 with the Toronto Raptors, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while starting 28 of his 59 games played.
The Celtics face an uncertain summer as they enter the offseason with just four players under contract for the 2012-13 season. The one certainty seems to be that the transition into becoming Rajon Rondo's team will continue. Weems would fit the mold of athletic players equipped to run with Boston's star point guard.
"Of course," he told CSNNE.com. "I would love to be here next season."
"[They pushed me] incredibly hard," he said. "It's not just being hard and yelling -- it's by example. The small things, talking here and there, it's rubbed off."
He added, "[I'm] dedicated. I've always taken my job seriously and loved the game, but the dedication (on the Celtics), eat sleep drink basketball, every day, every day, every day."
Hollins was cut by the Cleveland Cavaliers at midseason, but became part of the Celtics' postseason rotation after landing in Boston, averaging 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds during the playoffs. He is an athletic, active seven-footer who still has a considerable amount of untapped potential, even as a 27-year old with six years of NBA experience.
He has a considerable amount of trouble rebounding the basketball and doesn't have much of a refined offensive game, but provides a real presence as a pick-and-roll defender.
The decision was seen as a given because Bass' value is viewed as considerably greater than the $4.25 million he would have made next season had he opted into the last year of his deal.
Despite opting out, Bass would still like to return to the Celtics next season under a different contract.
"Oh absolutely," his agent Tony Dutt said when asked if Boston was his client's first choice. "Without question, he would love to go back."
Bass proved himself as a valuable contributor during his lone season in Boston, averaging 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds, but the Celtics are staring at an uncertain future and its unclear which direction general manager Danny Ainge will head.
"I'm no different than anyone else," Bass told CSNNE.com recently. "I'm going to do what's best for me and my family. Hopefully that'll keep me here in Boston. We'll see."
Should Ray Allen leave the Boston Celtics this summer, the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat are reportedly likely to be near the top of his list.
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