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Celtics announce Daniels signing

09.01.09 at 4:40 pm ET
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On Tuesday the Boston Celtics announced they have signed free agent guard Marquis Daniels. Per team policy terms were not discussed, however several reports have indicated Daniels will earn $1.99 million with the bi-annual exception. Click here to learn more about Daniels … in his own words.

Official team statement:

BOSTON, MA  ‘€“ The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has signed free agent guard Marquis Daniels to a contract.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

‘€œWe feel that Marquis’€™ ability to play multiple positions will add great versatility and athleticism to our team,’€ said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.

Daniels spent last season with the Indiana Pacers and averaged a career-high 13.6 points and a career-high 4.6 rebounds per game.  The former Auburn Tiger scored 20-or-more points 12 times during the 2008-09 season. Daniels would also post career-highs in points (733), rebounds (248), field goals made (311) and attempted (689).  The 6′€™6, 200lbs guard posted all of these career-highs while appearing in just 54 games (43 starts). During his rookie campaign with Dallas in 2003-04, Daniels was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.  Despite playing limited time until March, Daniels impressed over the final 24 games of the season averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.50 steals in 30.7 minutes per game.  Daniels ranked eighth among rookies in scoring (8.5 ppg) and led all rookies in field goal percentage (.494).  Daniels has made three trips to the postseason and has posted career averages of 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 36 career games.  Daniels’€™ best postseason came during his rookie campaign when he averaged 15.8 points in five games.

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Video: Getting to know Marquis Daniels

09.01.09 at 8:41 am ET
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After months of speculation, the Boston Celtics will sign Marquis Daniels, according to the Boston Herald. Daniels is expected to give Paul Pierce a legitimate back up on the wing, something that has been missing since the departure of James Posey. He is also has the skills to add depth to the Celtics backcourt. But who is Daniels off the court? He explains in this video.

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Report: Moore to sign with Golden State Warriors

08.31.09 at 2:41 pm ET
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Former Celtic and free agent center Mikki Moore has agreed to a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN.com. Marc Stein reported the deal is worth the veteran minimum one-year, $1.3 million. Moore indicated to WEEI.com at the end of last season that he wanted to return to Boston and hoped to work out with the team during the summer. However after struggling to click with the Celtics system and averaging less than two points and two rebounds during the playoffs, he is returning to California where he had played the previous two season with the Sacramento Kings.

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A look into Heinsohn’s colorful past

08.31.09 at 12:13 am ET
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Last week Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn celebrated his 75th birthday. While he is most recently known for being one of the most outspoken broadcasters in Boston,  the MetroWest Daily News revealed a different side of Heinsohn that stems from his childhood in New Jersey. Years before he became a color commentator, Heinsohn began putting color on canvas.

Painting actually provided a safe haven for Heinsohn while he was growing up in Jersey City, N.J. “I was the only German in an Italian-Irish neighborhood during World War II,” he recalls. “I used to fight my way home from school. My mom worked so I was by myself and I started drawing just to amuse myself. It became my best friend. And it kept me out of trouble.”

Click here for the entire story.

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Yahoo: Celtics among top 10 lottery busts of past decade

08.27.09 at 11:25 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics were named among the top 10 lottery busts of the past decade by Yahoo! Sports. The Cs came in at number nine for their selection of Kedrick Brown with the 11th overall pick in the 2001 draft:

“He wasn’t exactly taken ahead of Jordan, Stockton or Malone; but by my count, Brown was selected ahead of 15 players who started an NBA game last year. An athletic … something, who was working out of a junior college long enough to impress Chris Wallace and the C’s, Brown was an immediate washout.”

Brown averaged just over three points in three seasons for the Celtics. He was drafted in the first round before Richard Jefferson, Gerald Wallace, Samuel Dalembert, and Tony Parker, and was also chosen before second picks Gilbert Arenas, Mehmet Okur,  and Brian Scalabrine. Ironically, Brown recently signed a deal to play ball in Turkey.

Yahoo! also ranked the entire 2000 draft class at number two, calling out players including Stromile Swift, DerMarr Johnson, and former Celtic Chris Mihm and training camp invitee Darius Miles. That year the Celtics drafted Jerome Moiso with the 11th pick.

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Report: Rubio to sign with Barcelona

08.26.09 at 11:50 am ET
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Two months after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft, Ricky Rubio finally knows where he is playing basketball next season.

The DKV Joventut guard will sign a six-year contract with FC Barcelona, according to Marca.com (via HoopsHype). According to the report, Rubio’s buyout to play for Regal Barcelona will be a record-breaking 3.7 million euros, the largest in European basketball history.

This doesn’t mean Rubio will spend his entire career in Europe. The report notes that his contract will also have an opt-out clause which  would allow him to leave for the NBA. The buyout would decrease after every season and would reportedly be low enough for Rubio to enter the pros in the Summer of 2011.

Rubio garnered attention as one of the most highly touted players in this year’s draft. However the complications of his buyout and questions surrounding his NBA-readiness raised eyebrows around the league.

“I don’€™t see Rubio being that dynamic player now,” Celtics GM Danny Ainge said on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show earlier this summer. “I think he’€™s got a lot of potential. He’€™s a very flashy player. He has a great mind for the game, and he’€™s a terrific passer. I don’€™t see him, just physically, and because he doesn’€™t shoot the ball very well, I don’€™t see him having an impact as a rookie. I think he’€™s more of a project ‘€“ a build-around franchise point guard ‘€“ so I would put him down there below those other guys.”

Rubio turns 19 in October.

UPDATE: The Timberwolves issued the following statement from General Manager David Kahn on their site: “Based on the information I have attained today, no team in any league has reached a deal with DKV Joventut concerning Ricky’s buyout, which must be accomplished before Ricky is released from his contract with DKV Joventut.”

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Tommy Heinsohn turns 75

08.26.09 at 9:14 am ET
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Boston Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn turns 75 today. Here is a look back at the former player and coach before he was dishing out Tommy Points on the Celtics television broadcasts.

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