|07.12.10 at 9:18 am ET|
The Celtics will have to look elsewhere as they try to reload their bench for another run at the NBA finals next seasons after multiple reports have Suns guard Leandro Barbosa being traded to the Raptors as part of a three-player deal that would send swingman Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix. Barbosa had been rumored as a potential trade target for the C’s this offseason, but that appears to be off the table now. Barbosa averaged 9.5 points as a backup last season and could have replaced the recently departed Tony Allen as the first guard off the Boston bench. Instead, the Celtics will now need to lure in other trade partners to fill that role, using the not-yet-retired Rasheed Wallace‘s contract as bait.
|07.12.10 at 7:34 am ET|
An All-Star with Dallas in 2007, Howard tore the ACL in his left knee as a member of the Wizards in March 2010. He was projected to out of action from six to eight months but told Yahoo! that he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process and expects to be ready by the start of the regular season.
Howard averaged 12.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game last season.
The Celtics would most likely need a sign-and-trade deal to acquire Howard, already having used their mid-level execption on Jermaine O’Neal. It’s possible they could move Rasheed Wallace’s contract in a deal to land Howard.
|07.11.10 at 6:53 pm ET|
LAS VEGAS — Marcus Landry’s time with the Celtics was brief, and not a very happy one either.
Landry appeared in just one game with the Celtics after arriving from the Knicks as part of the Nate Robinson trade. He was then assigned to the Maine Red Claws, the team’s D-League affiliate, where he averaged 11 points and four rebounds in 13 games.
But Landry was waived late in the season as the Celtics made room for Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney, and his unexpected departure left a bad taste in his mouth.
“Anybody would have been disappointed,” Landry said after playing for the Knicks summer league team. “It was a situation that wasn’t explained to me. I can understand it’s a business, but the way it was handled was unprofessional. Personally, I had no reason given to me why it was done. Every time I step on the court I think about that. It’s something that goes through my mind a lot.”
Landry also played for the Pacers in the Orlando summer league and he said he has received a handful of training camp invitations. He said he and his agent will sift through the offers before making a decision that makes sense for him as he tries to get back in the NBA.
|07.11.10 at 4:33 pm ET|
Allen, an unrestricted free agent, has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 2004. He excelled this postseason as a defensive stopper and played a critical role in containing Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.
Allen told WEEI.com during the playoffs that he would like to return to the Celtics next season … and beyond.
‘I am a Celtic,’ he said. ‘I love being a Celtic. It’d mean everything in the world [return next season].’
He added, ‘I mean, things happen but I feel like I’m going to be a Celtic for life.’
Should Allen sign elsewhere, his departure would leave a huge gap in the Celtics second unit as the organization looks to rebuild its bench this summer.
|07.10.10 at 8:46 pm ET|
LAS VEGAS — After a brief but impressive stint with the Celtics at Orlando Summer League, Matt Janning has received an invite to be part of their training camp roster this fall, he told WEEI.com.
‘They’ve invited me,’ he said. ‘I’ve got to sit down and kind of think about what’s the best opportunity for me.’
Janning, a guard, averaged 11.5 points and shot 9-for-18 in just two games for the Celtics. Although Danny Ainge asked him to stay with the team for the duration of the week, Janning had to leave Orlando early to fulfill a previous commitment with the Suns at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Even though he will consider all of his options this summer, the chance to play for the Celtics is special to the Northeastern alum.
‘A lot of my friends are like, ‘You’re playing with the Celtics, that’s awesome.’ And it really is,’ he said. ‘I’ve been in Boston the last four years, a little more than that now, watched games down at the Garden, and I’ve seen those guys play, so it’s real nice knowing that I’m close to getting a chance to be part of all that.”
|07.09.10 at 2:45 pm ET|
The Celtics finished the 2010 Summer League with a 1-4 record, but that matters little. The real purpose of the week is to start the process of finding out if any of the young players on the roster have a chance of sticking at the NBA level.
It’s still early, but so far it appears that the Celtics may have found a keeper with second-round pick Luke Harangody.
“I felt it [the week] went really well, except for the record we had,” said Harangody on Friday after an 86-68 loss to the Nets. “Personally, I thought it was a good week.”
The Notre Dame alum led the Celtics for the week with 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The forward shot 47.1% from the floor and 50.0% on 3-point attempts. His level of physicality, a trademark in his Big East days, translated well over the five games.
“I knew what to expect,” Harangody said. “Especially when you play five games in five days. That’s the grind of it. You just have to keep your head down and keep going every day.”
Oklahoma City assistant coach Brian Keefe ran the Thunder summer league squad. He watched Harangody score 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting against his club on Monday.
“He looked like an NBA player to me,” Keefe said. “He made some shots and was really aggressive.”
Harangody, the 52nd pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, felt that he “learned a lot” over the week in Orlando.
“Four days of practice, with Boston, was great for me,” said the 2008 Big East Player of the Year. “I struggled the first day of practice, just picking up things. But as the days went on it just got better every day.”
The rookie-to-be harbors no illusions about his role should he secure a roster spot with the Celtics in 2010.
“I see myself as a young guy coming off the bench at times when they need me to do whatever they need out there,” Harangody said. “They have bodies, no question about that. I’m just going to be there to come off the bench at times, to be an energy guy.”
|07.09.10 at 10:41 am ET|
ORLANDO —Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird and head coach Jim O’Brien were each asked by WEEI.com to weigh in on the Celtics signing of free agent Jermaine O’Neal. The 31-year-old forward/center played for the Pacers from 2000-08. Bird was hired as president by the Pacers in 2003 and O’Brien coached O’Neal is in his final season in Indiana.
When Bird was told by WEEI.com on Thursday that O’Neal had reached an agreement with the Celtics he expressed some surprise, but quickly added that the 31-year-old is “younger than you think. He can rebound block shots and get down the floor. He can help a team win.”
But Bird told WEEI.com that he hadn’t seen O’Neal play in “a couple of years.”
O’Brien, who coached the Celtics from 2000-04, was even more to the point. He told WEEI.com that he “has nothing to say about that or him” when asked about O’Neal.
Bird and O’Neal had a messy divorce in 2008, with the Celtics legend telling the Indianapolis Star in September of that year, “Just because you make the most money doesn’t mean you’re the leader,’ Bird said two months after dealing O’Neal to the Raptors. ‘A lot of guys didn’t want to step on toes. Not only here, but other places I’ve been at. They’d say, the guy makes the most money, that means he’s the leader. That’s not the case. The leader comes from the guy doing the right thing, the guy that’s going to be there every day at practice, the guy that plays through pain without complaining. They do the necessary things to prepare themselves.
‘I think the situation you have here, you had one guy making a lot of money and everybody just took it as he’s going to be leading us, and in some instances that was true. But I think more now that since it has opened you’ll see a number of guys stepping up.’
O’Neal told ESPN.com in 2007, “Larry Bird is a hard man to deal with. He tries to make unfair trades.”
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