|06.25.10 at 3:17 pm ET|
A day after the NBA draft, Sports Illustrated NBA insider Ian Thomsen talked to the Dale & Holley show to discuss what the Celtics picked up in the draft, what the future holds in store for the C’s and where LeBron James will end up next year.
‘The Celtics got a better version of Eddie House,’ Thomsen said about Avery Bradley, the Celtics’ first-round pick. ‘They got a guy who’s a terrific shooter; he’s got great range, but he’s a very good defender.’
‘The one thing he doesn’t do [is] he doesn’t drive the ball great. He’s a much better shooter than he is a driver. …They’re going to have to hope he can come off the bench and be the backup point guard they needed.’
Highlights of the interview are below. To listen to the interview in full, click on The Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
On the possibility of Paul Pierce signing a smaller contract to bring in a big name free agent:
You know, they renounce him and then they give up their Bird rights to him, so now when he signs a new contract, he gets none of the value of re-signing with his own team. It’s like he signed with another team. It’s a risky thing; I can’t remember the last time that happened. I’m sure it has, but would it happen?
I would say it won’t, because when you look at it now with these other teams trying to clear so much space, there’s more cap space out there than there are star players. There’s going to be a lot of money that goes unspent or it’s going to be spent badly because there’s nobody to sign. It’s one of those things you think about, it’s like a loophole kind of deal. It’s like when they drafted Larry Bird the year before they signed him. I just don’t see that happening.
On Avery Bradley:
The Celtics got a better version of Eddie House. They got a guy who’s a terrific shooter; he’s got great range, but he’s a very good defender. The one thing he doesn’t do [is] he doesn’t drive the ball great. He’s a much better shooter than he is a driver. And is he a true point guard? They’re going to have to hope he can come off the bench and be the backup point guard they needed. Read the rest of this entry »
|06.25.10 at 2:52 pm ET|
Celtics draft picks Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody were introduced to the media at a press conference at the Celtics training facility in Waltham Friday. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated that Bradley will have arthroscopic surgery on his ankle that will knock him out of summer league action, although the guard is expected to be ready to return in August and participate in training camp.
‘Right now, I’m just looking to get back and get ready so I can start training camp,’ said Bradley, who will wear a zero on his Celtics jersey.
Harangody, who is going with No. 55, is ready to prove himself all over again. “I feel like I paid my dues in college,” he said. “I wasn’t good enough to get into the first round, but I feel like I just have to start all over again and just do the same thing as when I came to college because I wasn’t a big name then.”
|06.25.10 at 2:51 pm ET|
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said center Kendrick Perkins may have torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Game 6 of the NBA finals, according to a Boston Herald report. It was initially believed that Perkins tore the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments, but the extent of the damage won’t be known for sure until Dr. Brian McKeon performs the surgery. That surgery originally was scheduled for Friday but was pushed back to allow the swelling to subside.
|06.24.10 at 11:57 pm ET|
“I don’t think he’s going to change his mind,” Rivers said. “Rasheed had told me three days before the last game that he was pretty sure this was it. The night before he called and said hey I’m going to give it everything I’ve got because this is my last time playing. He was pretty definite. But again, it was very emotional so you never know. I think it is over.”
There are still procedural issues that will need to be clarified regarding the remaining two years on his contract and what that will mean in terms of potential cap and luxury tax relief, but for now it seems that we have seen the last of Wallace in a Celtics uniform.
|06.24.10 at 11:35 pm ET|
The Celtics selected Luke Harangody with the 52th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Here’s more on the newest member of the C’s:
Weight: 246 pounds
College: Notre Dame
Years in College: Four
Birthdate: January 2, 1988
Immediate upside: The big man can score and create his own shot at the basket
Needs to improve: Athleticism and lateral defense
Stats: averaged 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in his final season at Notre Dame. He shot 48.1 percent from the field and 78.7 percent from the free throw line.
|06.24.10 at 9:29 pm ET|
Weight: 180 pounds
College: University of Texas
Years in College: One
Birthdate: November 26, 1990
Immediate upside: Quick, tough defender who will fit into Celtics defensive-savvy system
Needs to improve: Point guard skills, free throw shooting
Stats: Bradley averaged 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in his first (and only) season. He shot 43.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
|06.24.10 at 8:16 pm ET|
Rasheed Wallace has officially decided to retire, TNT’s David Aldridge reported on Thursday night, citing a league source. The decision was expected following the Celtics‘ Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals. After the game, Doc Rivers said, “I don’t know if Rasheed will ever play again. He’s one of them. I think he took that out on the floor with him.” Wallace had $12 million and two years left on his contract, which he signed last summer.
Wallace most recently averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds during the finals, including a Game 7 start. It was a bounceback from an inconsistent regular season in which he posted 9.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 28.3 percent from 3-point range in 79 games.
Wallace was selected by the Bullets with the fourth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He earned four All-Star selections and won a championship in 2004 with the Pistons. Wallace ranked sixth in games played among all active players.
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