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Report: Celtics, Clippers resume trade talks again

06.19.13 at 6:16 pm ET
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As first suggested by SportsCity.com’s Mark Heisler on Wednesday morning, the Celtics and Clippers hoped to resume discussion about a potential deal for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers prior to the NBA draft on June 27.

As it turns out, the Clips reached out to the C’s on Thursday afternoon in order to reopen their dialogue about a package that would send DeAndre Jordan to Boston, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to various reports, most notably from Wojnarowski, discussion heated up this weekend but eventually fizzled out on Tuesday after disagreements over the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe, the contracts of Jason Terry and/or Courtney Lee, or a second No. 1 pick in a package that already included Jordan and one first-round pick.

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This is what Doc Rivers said about Boston in April

06.19.13 at 4:05 pm ET
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These questions from Dennis & Callahan came just days after the Boston Marathon bombings — during a period of healing when the NBA offseason was furthest from everyone’s mind — so keep that in mind when reading the following quotes from Celtics coach Doc Rivers, a part-time Back Bay resident expressing his city pride.

Still, Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest report — that “Rivers pushed for the Clippers partnership because of his desire to bypass a rebuilding process with Boston” — somehow cheapen Doc’s sentiment, particularly considering he signed a five-year, $35 million deal knowing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce wouldn’t be on the 2015-16 Celtics.

Does this feel like your town?

“Absolutely. I grew up in Chicago, and that will always be in me. I grew up 18 years there, but I’€™ve been here nine years. For me, this was it. This is it for me as far as a city. That doesn’€™t mean someday I won’t get fired or get old or retire and come back like Phil Jackson may do, but this will never get out of you — this city, this place — and I think a lot of people who have been here feel that way.

“You probably don’€™t appreciate it, because you live here, but I really think a lot of it is because of the passion of the fans. You get engrossed in that. It becomes part of you, and you don’€™t get that in other places. I’€™ve coached in one other city, but I’€™ve played in a lot of other places, and it’€™s rare. The true passion is what I call it. Anyone joins on when you’€™re winning. Very few places are in all the time, and this is a city that is in all the time.”

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SF Shabazz Muhammad

06.19.13 at 10:41 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

Position: Small forward

School: UCLA

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 225 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year (2013), All Pac-12 first team (2013), All Pac-12 Freshman team, Naismith Boys Prep Player of the Year (2012), McDonald’€™s All-American Game MVP (2012), Nevada Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2012, 2011)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 37.7 3-point field-goal percentage

What he brings: It’€™s hard to doubt Muhammad’€™s scoring ability, but that’€™s about the only consistent aspect of his game. According to draftexpress.com, his effort on defense is sometimes lacking, although he’€™s certainly shown the ability when he wants to turn it on. He does a majority of his rebounding at the offensive end.

NBA.com attributes Muhammad’€™s success to his strength, toughness and scorer’€™s mentality. The Las Vegas native, who thinks he will be shooting guard in the future, likened himself to James Harden, and some scouts said Muhammad is more even athletic than Harden was coming out of college.

Notes: After missing the first three games of his lone season at UCLA due to impermissible benefit issues, Muhammad scored double digits in 31 out of 32 contests. He averaged less than one assist and one steal per game. ‘€¦ He comes from an athletic family. His Uncle, Stephone Paige, is a former Kansas City Chief, while his father, Ronald Holmes, played basketball for USC in the early ’80s and his sister, Asia, is a professional tennis player. ‘€¦ Muhammad has dealt with Tourette syndrome for much of his life, though he’€™s balanced it well with basketball. ‘€¦ Muhammad and his father were caught lying about the player’€™s age, leading everyone to believe he was born a year after he actually was. His father also was indicted last month on charges of federal bank fraud for his role in an alleged mortgage scam. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be on home arrest.

Recent articles:

CBS Sports: Buyer beware on Shabazz Muhammad

Sacramento Bee: Shabazz Muhammad takes pare in pre-draft workout for Kings

Video: Here’€™s an NBA video of Muhammad’€™s workouts at the draft combine.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Providence G Ricky Ledo

06.18.13 at 6:34 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

RICKY LEDO

Position: Guard

School: Providence

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 195 pounds

Achievements: Jordan High School All-American (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: Ledo did not play in 2012-13.

What he brings: Ledo comes equipped with the ability to be either a shooting guard or point guard, having done the latter for PC’€™s scout team this season. He’€™s strong athletically and is a solid ball-handler, based on his performance at the NBA combine, according to draftexpress.com, which called him ‘€œa long-term project’€ due to his lack of experience. Providence coach Ed Cooley commended the guard’€™s shooting ability while also noting his impressive range in this NBA.com piece.

Back before he went to Providence, draftexpress.com wrote that he was a ‘€œmixed bag’€ on defense, though the potential was certainly there for him to be very good on that end, both on and off the ball. That November 2011 showing also earned Ledo an O.J. Mayo comparison.

Notes: Ledo’€™s development has been hampered because he was limited to practicing with the Friars in 2012-13 due to his status as a ‘€œpartial qualifier’€ for issues stemming from his attending four high schools in five years, a trend that has caused concern among some when evaluating his character. ‘€¦ As a senior at South Kent (Conn.) Prep, he averaged 23.4 point and 6.2 rebounds per game. ‘€¦ While he briefly attended St. Andrew’€™s in Barrington, R.I., he was teammates with fellow draft prospect Michael Carter-Williams.

Recent articles:

JSonline.com: No college, no problem for Ricky Ledo

AZcentral.com: New Suns GM Ryan McDonough comments on Ledo’€™s recent workout with Phoenix

Video: Set to Flawless Tracks’€™ ‘€œBest Kept Secret,’€ here are highlights from one of Ledo’€™s workouts last month.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams

06.18.13 at 1:34 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS

Position: Point guard

School: Syracuse

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 185 pounds

Achievements: All-Big East second team (2013), AP All-America honorable mention (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist as nation’s top point guard (2013), Gatorade Rhode Island High School Player of the Year (2011, 2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebound, 2.8 steals

What he brings: Carter-Williams is agile and can get around despite his larger-than-normal size for a point guard, and his height facilitates his ability to find teammates anywhere on the court. He can make both basic and fancy passes depending on the situation.

He isn’€™t the greatest shooter, connecting on 29.2 percent of attempts from beyond the parabola, and could stand to get a little stronger, but his creativity and selflessness make him strong at the point.

Notes: Carter-Williams played just 10 minutes per game as a freshman before commandeering the Orange offense and playing more than 35 minutes per game in 2012-13. ‘€¦ He is from Hamilton ‘€” about 45 minutes north of Boston ‘€” and attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School for a year before transferring to St. Andrew’€™s School in Barrington, R.I. … Carter-Williams made local news when his family’€™s house burned down while Syracuse was playing California in the third round of the NCAA tournament March 23. ‘€¦ In December, he reportedly was caught shoplifting before settling with issue privately with Lord & Taylor for $500.

Recent articles:

Syracuse.com: Syracuse’€™s Michael Carter-Williams measures up at NBA pre-draft combine

Slamonline.com mock draft: No. 8 pick a versatile point guard with terrific court vision

Video: Here are some highlights from Carter-Williams’€™ sophomore season at Syracuse.

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Reports: Celtics-Clippers deal dead, Danny Ainge wants Doc Rivers back

06.18.13 at 12:45 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Celtics and Clippers ended their trade discussions Tuesday after failing to reach a compromise.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne tweeted that the Clippers have walked away and are saying that talks are “off,” while The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes tweeted that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has confirmed the breakdown of negotiations.

The talks are said to have centered around the Celtics sending Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan and a first-round draft pick, but apparently the Celtics wanted a second first-round pick and the Clippers were not amenable to sweetening the pot.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Clippers also were hesitant to pay Rivers a $35 million extension as well as $3 million for Jordan’s trade kicker. Wojnarowski additionally tweeted that Ainge has called Rivers to update him on the situation and tell him that he still wants him back to coach the Celtics.

 

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Jeff Van Gundy on D&C: Doc Rivers has personality to pull off return to Boston if trade falls through

06.18.13 at 8:32 am ET
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ABC/ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to offer his take on the reported Celtics-Clippers trade talks.

The Celtics are said to be considering sending Kevin Garnett along with coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles. There has been widespread speculation that Rivers’ tenure in Boston is over either way, but Van Gundy isn’t so sure.

Said Van Gundy: “There’s a lot of people that don’t think he can still come back to Boston. I think it would work fine. He’s got the personality to pull it off. I think he’d be starting over with a different team anyway. It will be interesting to see what happens with Doc. Certainly these are interesting times in Celtic land.”

The Celtics reportedly would acquire young center DeAndre Jordan in the deal.

“I think everybody focuses on some maturity issues and his free throw shooting, and both need improvement,” Van Gundy said. “I like Jordan. I think he is a terrific athlete who has really improved defensively. He’s not like a physical guy, but he is a freak athlete who I think has shown great levels of improvement, where he came in as a second-round pick from Texas A&M after one year, not really accomplished in college. I think he’s continued to improve. Obviously, when you’re such a horrendous free throw shooter it limits how much you can play. But he is active, he can rebound.

“He’s a piece, if you’re trying to rebuild. Is he overpaid a little bit? Who’s not in the NBA? So he can just join the crowd on the long list of overpaid. But I like him better than how some people view him right now. I think he’s still an ascending player. If you’re going to go into a rebuild, he’s someone that’s intriguing.”

Touching on the NBA Finals — the Spurs have a 3-2 series lead heading into Tuesday night’s Game 6 in Miami — Van Gundy said there are intriguing story lines for both teams.

“There’s a lot on these two games for a lot of people on both sides,” Van Gundy said. “I think San Antonio played a great, great Game 5 offensively. I am so interested to see how they come out in Game 6. Do they do what Dallas did two years ago where they came in and they played a great game and beat Miami? Or do they take a sigh of relief and think that they have two games to win one, and so don’t play really as sharp or as desperate in Game 6 as they did in 5?

“And likewise, on the other hand, does the pressure get to Miami where they crack a little bit? Or have they been steeled by these last three years of long playoff runs, and do they show their championship mettle and find a way to win these two games? I’m really looking forward to it.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

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