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Report: Fernandez trade talks ‘likely on back burner’ for now

07.28.10 at 11:17 pm ET
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The rumor mill has been buzzing with reports of the Celtics being in the mix to acquire Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez, who is reportedly unhappy with his current role behind Brandon Roy. But the talks may quiet down until next week.

On Wednesday Jason Quick of the Oregonian tweeted, ‘€œRudy trade talks likely on back burner until Sunday. GM Cho tells agent Andy Miller he will meet w/coach McMillan in Vegas on Sun to discuss.’€

That doesn’€™t mean, though, that speculation will be curbed until then. On Tuesday, Fernandez wrote in his blog, “There is gossip about my future and everyone asks me but I’€™m really just focused on the national team right now.”

In the meantime, here is a glimpse into why Fernandez is drawing interest around the league:

Fernandez has two years remaining on his contract and is set to earn $1.25 million next season. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.0 assists in 62 games last season.

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Rondo makes first cut for Team USA

07.28.10 at 3:40 pm ET
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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was among 15 players to make the cut for Team USA’s squad on Wednesday. Here is the roster:

Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Asked whether he felt Rondo was an unconventional choice for international play, coach Mike Krzyzewski defended his selection.

“He’s unconventionally become an NBA champion and a triple double guy in this league. I think he’s an adequate shooter for us,” Krzyzewski said. “He did well shooting the ball in the camp. The thing that Rondo does is he plays with a will to win and he just finds ways to have a positive impact on the game. I really like that about him.”

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Rivers: ‘I was … leaning heavily’ toward leaving

07.28.10 at 10:05 am ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was “leaning heavily” toward taking a sabbatical after this past season, because he was “spent” after the draining campaign and he wanted to spend more time with his family.

In an interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz at a high school tournament in Orlando where his son was playing, Rivers said of the Celtics’ injury plagued, up-and-down 2009-10 season: “It was just a tough year, literally a tough year.”

Despite the Celtics coming within a quarter of winning the NBA title, Rivers said after the season, “I was spent,” adding, “I was most likely leaning heavily the other way ‘€” more because of [watching sons Austin and Spencer play].”

Rivers said when the season ended, he was “pretty much done, and Danny [Ainge] knew that.” He said he called coaching legends Pat Riley and Larry Brown for reassurance before committing to returning. “It was very helpful,” he said. “They’ve all been through it.”

Rivers said he consulted with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, then free agents, as well. “I wasn’t coming back unless they were coming back,” Rivers said. “I was first, and I thought that was important for them. We all talked. I can tell you that. I made sure. I knew they had to do their business. And Ray scared me a little bit with the money out there. They had said they were coming back and then you see what everyone was getting.”

Rivers signed for one year and still is considering a sabbatical as an option in the future.

“I’m just doing it year to year,” Rivers said. “Danny was great. [Co-owner] Wyc [Grousbeck] offered a long-term deal, but I didn’t think it was fair to them. I didn’t want to walk out of a contract.”

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Broussard on D&H: C’s ‘did what they had to do’

07.27.10 at 3:25 pm ET
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Dale & Holley welcomed ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard Tuesday afternoon to talk about all things basketball this offseason, including the topics of LeBron James, the Celtics‘€™ offseason pickups and re-signings and Doc Rivers possibly returning for more than one season.

‘€œIf they have a great season, maybe win the championship, I do think that there would be a lot of pull to return to the franchise,’€ Broussard said of the coach. ‘€œI think he’€™s doing the right thing, I think it’€™s a fluid situation and he’€™s leaving his options open, so I’€™m not too surprised to hear Doc say that.’€

Below are highlights. To listen to the full interview click on the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On when he figured out that LeBron James would be leaving Cleveland:

It’€™s interesting, because throughout that whole process there were a lot of people close to LeBron who wanted him to stay in Cleveland, and it’€™s not a smokescreen, to my knowledge. I would have believed he was trying to get Chris Bosh to go there. Toronto agreed to do a sign and trade, LeBron was trying to sell Bosh on coming to Cleveland and being his second guy. If he was able to do that, then I think LeBron would have stayed in Cleveland.

And then of course, LeBron was also trying to talk to Chris Paul. They were trying to figure out a way Chris Paul could be traded to Cleveland. If one of those two things happened, then I think LeBron would have stayed because there was a part him that wanted to stay, that understood legacy. [Michael] Jordan turned a terrible franchise into a champion, Isiah Thomas did it. You hear it, even in the criticism about LeBron’€™s decision, that the great ones always stay with one team.

He understood that and wanted to stay, a part of him did, but when he realized they couldn’€™t get that second guy, and then you looked down the road [he asked] ‘€œWould I be able to ever get that second guy here? It’€™s been seven years and it hasn’€™t happened.’€ That’€™s when he really had to say, ‘€œYou know what? I may have to go.’€

Now, Chicago was always very strong in consideration and Miami with their situation was always right there too, but I really think he gave Cleveland a legitimate shot. Finally, when Bosh made it clear that [he] was going to Miami with [Dwyane] Wade, that’€™s when LeBron realized he wasn’€™t going to be able to get anybody [in Cleveland]. Can [he] get through Boston what they’€™re going to do in Miami, Chicago and the Lakers, other teams, like Orlando, without that second guy. He had to go make sure that he had a couple of star teammates.

On the Celtics’ offseason strategy of re-signing their veterans:

I think they’€™ve done well. The Jermaine O’€™Neal move was a good one. I know they hate to lose Tony Allen, his defense was critical down the stretch, but I think they should move on without him. I’ve got to admit, I was among the surprised when they played so well in the playoffs, so I do wonder if they’€™ve got enough left to reach the finals again next year.

I was just talking about with age and things like that. You wonder two years from now, they’€™re going to be old and pretty much done with that. With [Rajon] Rondo, who’€™s developing into an All-Star and they’€™ve got a few other young guys, but that’€™s my only worry, I think they did what they had to do. I think it’€™s the right thing to go ahead and try to take one more shot at it. My pick is Miami in the East, but I think the Celtics will be right there.

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Agent: Celtics still considering House

07.27.10 at 6:30 am ET
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It was reported earlier this month that the Celtics had interest in bringing back sharpshooting guard Eddie House. On Monday, House’s agent told The Boston Globe that he has spoken with the team, although he didn’t sound too optimistic.

“It’s something Danny [Ainge] and I have discussed,” agent Mark Bartelstein said. “But nothing’s imminent.”

House, who made $2.5 million last season between the Celtics and Knicks, could be offered only $1.35 million by the C’s.

Other reports have indicated the Bulls and Heat might consider making an offer to the 10-year veteran who shot 38 percent from the floor and 34.8 from 3-point range last season.

Also Monday, the Celtics officially announced the re-signing of Marquis Daniels.

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Father: Perk won’t play for ‘Tall Blacks’

07.24.10 at 2:12 pm ET
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Don’€™t look for Celtics center Kendrick Perkins to be suiting up for the New Zealand national basketball team ‘€” the ‘€œTall Blacks’€ ‘€” anytime soon.

Perkins’€™ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in New Zealand and was a veteran of that country’s National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s. However, a few days after New Zealand men’€™s basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said Perkins could play for their national team if he met FIBA eligibility criteria, his father said the Celtics’€™ big man will never play for the Tall Blacks.

‘€œHe has no intention of playing for the Tall Blacks ‘€” not now or ever,’€ Kenny Perkins told the Waikato Times. ‘€œThey tried this a long time ago when Tab Baldwin was the coach and I would never let him play for Tab Baldwin.

‘€œHis main goal is to play for the United States.’€

Perkins is currently out of action for six months with a knee injury suffered in Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Lakers.

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Tony Allen: I felt ‘overshadowed’ while with C’s

07.24.10 at 11:40 am ET
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Former Celtics guard Tony Allen, who recently signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, said Friday he felt ‘€œkind of overshadowed’€ by Paul Pierce and Ray Allen while he was with Boston.

The 6-foot-4 Allen, who spent six seasons with the Celtics and averaged 7.2 points per game and 1.04 steals per game in his career, developed a reputation as a defensive stopper with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Along the way, he was part of a team that made two appearances in the NBA finals, and won a title in 2008.

But he sounded like someone who was anxious to get a new start and make his own name with a young ballclub in Memphis.

‘€œBeing in Boston I was kind of overshadowed by those guys, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen,’€ he told reporters on Friday. ‘€œHere’€™s a ballclub who’s on the rise and a lot of guys can make names for themselves. It’€™s a coming-out party for a lot of guys on this team.

‘€œI’€™m definitely going to try to start early defining a role, try to bring some sort of toughness to the ballclub,’€ Allen said. ‘€œIt’s obvious I have experience, and I’€™m just looking forward to just letting that marinate amongst the players that’s in this locker room.’€

Allen hinted that while he enjoyed his role in Boston as a stopper, it may have caused people to forget he had more to offer than just an ability to defend.

‘€œI don’t mind embracing the role, but there is more to my game. Let’€™s not get that twisted,’€ Allen said. ‘€œWhatever I could do to win ballgames. If that’s just passing out Gatorades or flashing towels or giving somebody a high five, I’€™m willing to do that.’€

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