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Turkish center Semih Erden on summer league roster

07.02.10 at 3:04 pm ET
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The Celtics announced their roster for the Orlando Summer League and there is a very intriguing name on it: Turkish center Semih Erden.

Danny Ainge suggested before the draft that the time may be right for Erden to play in the NBA. The Celtics have held his rights since selecting him late in the second round of the 2008 draft. Erden could have a role on the 2010-11 Celtics, who are starved for height.

Erden will be joined by Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette, who joined the team late in the season. Their contracts are not guaranteed for next season and a strong showing in the summer league is a first step toward earning a roster spot.

Second round pick Luke Harangody will also play, but first round pick Avery Bradley will not. He will have a scope performed on his left ankle and is scheduled to be out six to eight weeks.

Here’s the full roster with games scheduled to begin Monday.

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. College

41 Jaycee Carroll G 6’€™2 180 Utah State

50 Semih Erden C 7’€™0 240 Turkey

27 Tony Gaffney F 6’€™8 215 Massachusetts

45 Rodney Green G 6’€™5 190 La Salle

55 Luke Harangody F 6’€™8 255 Notre Dame

46 Matt Janning G 6’€™4 198 Northeastern

60 Vyacheslav Kravstov C 7’€™0 270 Ukraine

40 Oliver Lafayette G 6’€™2 190 Houston

56 Art Parkahouski C 6’€™11 260 Radford

47 DeShawn Sims F 6’€™8 225 Michigan

48 Ryan Thompson G 6’€™6 220 Rider

49 Ryan Wittman F 6’€™7 215 Cornell

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Celtics sign first-round pick Bradley

07.02.10 at 11:43 am ET
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The Celtics have signed first round draft pick Avery Bradley, the team announced today. Contract details were not disclosed.

The Celtics drafted Bradley with the 19th overall pick last week. Bradley, a guard, averaged 11.6 points and 1.3 steals per game in his only season at the University of Texas.

“What stood out to me clearly was his defense, that as a freshman, he defended right away. You don’€™t get that very often,” Doc Rivers said on draft night.

Bradley is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but is expected to be ready for training camp.

What Pierce’s new deal means for the Celtics

07.02.10 at 9:59 am ET
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Multiple outlets are reporting that the Celtics have reached an agreement with Paul Pierce on a new contract that will likely keep him in Boston for the duration of his career. A source told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com that the total package would be worth $61 million over four years, with all four years guaranteed.

Pierce left $21.5 million on the table for next season by terminating the final year of his contract and the new deal gives him certainty in what promises to be an uncertain NBA. The collective bargaining agreement is set to expire after the 2010-11 season, and the expectation is that the owners will try to rein in player’s salaries.

Pierce’s new deal will take the Celtics over the salary cap, but it may provide some luxury-tax relief in the long run, which is no small consideration.

There are risks for the Celtics. Pierce will be 36 years old in the final year of the deal, which can’t be finalized or officially announced until next week. It will also take him well beyond Kevin Garnett’s contract, which has two seasons remaining.

But four years is the cost of keeping the team together for another run at a championship and that has been Danny Ainge’s plan all along. Doc Rivers elected to return for the final season of his coaching contract earlier in the week, but the work is only half done. Read the rest of this entry »

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Source: Pierce, Celts agree to four-year, $61 million deal

07.02.10 at 9:30 am ET
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Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com has learned that Paul Pierce has agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal with the Celtics. The Boston Herald was first to report the agreement. Free agent contracts can’t officially be signed until July 8.

Pierce opted out of the final year of his previous contract Wednesday, walking away from what would have been a $21.5 million salary in 2010-11 to test the free-agent waters.

Pierce has long stated that he wanted to retire as a member of the Celtics, and this contract should allow him to do so. The 12-year veteran has scored 19,899 points in his career, third only to John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791) in franchise history.

For more see the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.

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Source: Celtics first to contact Lee

07.01.10 at 11:54 pm ET
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Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com has learned from a source familiar with the situation that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was first to contact free agent forward David Lee once the NBA free agency began after midnight Wednesday night. The 6-foot-9 Lee, 27, played in all 81 regular season games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. It was Lee’s best season, having averaged 13 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest throughout his five-year pro career. He has played in 81 games in each of the last three seasons. For more see the Celtics team page by going to weei.com/celtics.

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Report: Doc’s first call to Allen

07.01.10 at 11:53 pm ET
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When NBA free agency began on Thursday, the first phone call Doc Rivers made was to Ray Allen, the Boston Globe reported.

“I can’t go into who but I can tell you we started at 12:01 last night like everybody else did,” he said. “The first call we called Ray. We sat around and we have these names on the list and we said hey guys our most important guy is Ray. We gotta get Ray back. Paul and Ray. And we already talked to Paul because we could. Ray is a vital part to our basketball team, huge.”

Allen, an unrestricted free agent, will undoubtedly be receiving several phone calls from around the league. According to a recent report in the Miami Herald, LeBron James contacted Allen about playing alongside he, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Allen stated during the season he would like to return to Boston.

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Celtics Harbor Cruise raises over $50,000

07.01.10 at 11:25 pm ET
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Earlier this week, the Celtics and Xfinity hosted a harbor cruise on the Spirit of Boston and raised over $50,000 to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis, and Brian Scalabrine joined over 100 Celtics fans on the two-hour Boston Celtics Harbor Cruise. C’s legends Cedric Maxwell, Dana Barros, and former ‘€œAmerican Idol’€ finalist Ayla Brown also attended.

‘€œIt’€™s always great to come out and support the Shamrock Foundation because it’€™s all about giving back to the kids,’€ Perkins said. ‘€œIt’€™s fun to have the opportunity to spend some time with the fans away from the court.’€

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation benefits children directly through programs that provide education and support, including partners Perkins School for the Blind, Children’€™s Hospital Boston, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). More information on the Shamrock Foundation is available at www.celtics.com.

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