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Doc Rivers gets defensive against accusation that he quit on Celtics

06.28.13 at 7:11 am ET
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Doc Rivers was part of the dismantling of the Celtics, but he insists his departure for the Clippers was not an indication of him quitting on a rebuilding team, despite the fact that team president Danny Ainge and owner Wyc Grousbeck have said that it was Rivers’ idea to consider a change after nine seasons on the Boston bench.

Asked at Thursday’s NBA draft for a response to ESPN’s Bill Simmons saying he quit on the C’s, Rivers dismissed the comment.

“I would like to call him an idiot, but I’m too classy for that,” Rivers told ESPN’s Shelley Smith. “That’s just his opinion. That didn’t happen. He really needs to know the whole truth, which he doesn’t.”

Responded Simmons, who was part of ESPN’s team at the draft: “The truth keeps changing. I mean, he’s given different quotes about this — he didn’t know, he did know, he kind of knew, he wanted the trade to happen, he was coming back, he needed a year off. When he sticks to his story, I’ll believe the truth.”

Added Simmons: “Just own it. Just admit what you did. The writing was on the wall, the Celtics wanted to rebuild, you didn’t want to be a part of it, you wanted to go to the Clippers, and it happened. Just own what you did.”

Rivers’ son Jeremiah, who played last season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, took to Twitter to defend his father, tweeting multiple messages at Simmons. Wrote Jeremiah:

My father has never quit anything in his life. He now has an NBA Championship, and helped in rejuvenating the Celtics.

You know nothing about winning, about sacrifice, and being a champion. You sit behind a desk and pick on people.

You are an Internet bully. There is a reason nobody will side with you. They like my dad better than you.

If you don’t have all the facts, which you clearly DON’T, I suggest you sit down and shut up. Good day sir.

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Reports: Celtics, Nets agree on multiplayer swap that would send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Brooklyn

06.27.13 at 11:01 pm ET
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A blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics to the Nets in exchange for a multitude of draft picks and several players has been agreed upon by both teams, according to multiple reports late Thursday night.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Nets would get Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry, while Brooklyn will send three first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) to the Celtics, along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans (via sign-and-trade).

The move caps off an eventful week for the Celtics, who also saw longtime coach Doc Rivers depart for the Clippers.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the final piece of the puzzle came when Garnett waived his no-trade clause after Brooklyn agreed to guarantee the $12 million owed him for the 2014-15 season, the final year of a three-year deal. (The Nets could have bought out Garnett for $6 million.) Yahoo! also reports that the trade can’t be made official by the NBA until July 10.

Reportedly, the Celtics also discussed potential Garnett and Pierce trades with the Warriors and Mavericks.

The deal officially ends the Big Three era in Boston. Garnett and Ray Allen (who left last offseason for Miami as a free agent) were brought to Boston in the summer of 2007 to join with Pierce, a longtime Celtic who was drafted by Boston in 1998. Alongside guard Rajon Rondo, the nucleus of the team delivered the 17th championship in franchise history the following June, defeating the Lakers for the NBA title.

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Celtics trade up for Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk

06.27.13 at 9:04 pm ET
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The Celtics traded the No. 16 pick and two future second-round selections to the Mavericks for the right to pick Gonzaga 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 22, who worked out with the C’s in Waltham on Sunday, averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds as a junior for the Bulldogs last season. The British Columbia native shot 62.9 percent from the field.

Little known fact about Olynyk: He has short arms. Check out WEEI.com’s draft profile here.

The Celtics will send two second-round picks in 2014 — their own and the Nets second-rounder from the MarShon Brooks and JaJuan Johnson swap in 2011 — to the Mavericks in exchange for Olynyk.

According to reports, the Mavericks then traded the C’s original No. 16 pick to the Hawks, who took Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira.

Meanwhile, the Celtics also traded into the second round, acquiring Indiana’s No. 53 pick and selecting Colorado State 7-footer Colton Iverson, who averaged 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior last season.

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2013 NBA Mock Draft

06.27.13 at 5:03 pm ET
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After a fortnight of Doc Rivers talk, believe it or not, the NBA draft is Thursday night. When you wake up Friday, the entire Celtics roster could be traded, but for now we’ll take a stab at how the 2013 edition of the league’s most unintentionally comical night might unfold.

1. Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky). Despite a knee injury early in his freshman season that’s the latest in what is a concerning injury history for a 19-year-old, the 7-foot center and Everett, Mass., product is the best player on the board in a draft without superstars. Still developing offensively, he’s an elite shot blocker.

2. Magic: Ben McLemore (Kansas). Already facing questions about a few rumored poor workouts and his relationship with an agent prior to leaving college, the 20-year-old shooting guard can still shoot the lights out.

3. Wizards: Otto Porter (Georgetown). Considered “a sure thing” by many as a big body (6-9) on the wing, the 20-year-old’s Washington D.C. ties make too much sense here.

4. Bobcats: Victor Oladipo (Indiana). A 6-foot-4 shooting guard who isn’t considered a great shooter, the 21-year-old is lauded for his leadership, freak athletic ability and defensive skills.

5. Suns: Anthony Bennett (UNLV): The Suns need help just about everywhere, so why not begin with a 6-foot-8 20-year-old forward who can hurt you inside and out?

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Report: Celtics, Nets blockbuster involving Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce pending

06.27.13 at 1:20 pm ET
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The Celtics and Nets have agreed to a deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, pending Garnett waiving his no-trade clause, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

While both sides are pressing to finalize the trade, Garnett “doesn’t want to be pressured into a quick decision,” a source told Wojnarowski, and the NBA’s moratorium prevents any deal from becoming official until July 10.

Jason Terry would reportedly join the two future Hall of Famers in going to Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, the Celtics would receive three first-round picks — in non-successive seasons from 2014-18 by rule, the report said, giving the C’s nine first-rounders over the next five seasons.

The Celtics would also assume the following salaries in order to make the deal work: Gerald Wallace (3 years, $30.3 million), Kris Humphries (1 year, $12 million), Reggie Evans (2 year, $3.5 million), Keith Bogans (sign-and-trade) and one more NBA minimum-wage player.

The Celtics also discussed potential Garnett and Pierce trades with the Warriors and Mavericks, according to Wojnarowski.

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NBA mock draft roundup: Consensus pick for Celtics is German PG Dennis Schroeder

06.27.13 at 11:50 am ET
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Celtics fans, you might want to get used to hearing the name Dennis Schroeder.

There are just a few hours left until the 2013 NBA draft, but there is a near consensus among many of the mock drafts done by major outlets — including ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The Washington Post, DraftExpress.com and NBAdraft.net — have the Celtics selecting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Germany.

WEEI.com profiled Schroeder, who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, on Monday.

Playing with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as a 19-year-old in Germany this season, Schroeder averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing nearly 25 minutes. Some reports indicate that while his size and decision-making capabilities could stand to be improved, scouts are drawn to his 6-foot-8 wingspan ‘€” a solid half-foot more than his height.

There are rumors that one team, potentially the Celtics, have promised to draft him, though Schroeder has denied it. He did not participate in the NBA combine last month.

There are some dissenters, however.

NBA.com has the C’€™s picking Russian shooting forward Sergey Karasev, a 6-foot-7, 205-pounder. Also 19, the St. Petersburg native is considered a bit more developed than many international prospects.

The Celtics could choose Jamaal Franklin, the way Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sees it. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led San Diego State in points (16.6), rebounds (9.4), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) as a junior in 2012-13.

USA Today, meanwhile, has pegged Shane Larkin, son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, going to the Celtics at pick No. 16.

The draft begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN; WEEI-AM 850).

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: New Mexico SF Tony Snell

06.27.13 at 11:38 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

TONY SNELL

Position: Small forward

School: New Mexico

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-7 

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: Mountain West Tournament MVP (2013), All-Mountain West third team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 turnovers

What he brings: While no single skill makes Snell spectacular, he was an all-around solid contributor in his three years with the Lobos. He is successful from beyond the arc, connecting on 39 percent of his attempts, and he can pull up or shoot off of screens. His ballhandling skills have been questioned.

Snell’€™s quickness and length, including a 7-foot wingspan, work to his advantage at the defensive end. As is the case with most other potential draftees, however, Snell is going to need to get a little thicker and stronger to win and keep a spot on an NBA roster.

Notes: Snell ended his collegiate career having started 70 consecutive games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year. ‘€¦ He worked out with a handful of teams, including the Kings twice. ‘€¦ He played mostly small forward for the Lobos, but he told media recently he also could be a shooting guard.

Recent articles:

Cowbellkingdom.com: Sacramento Kings give draft prospect Tony Snell another look

The Oregonian: Tony Snell brings shooting, rebounding and defense to pre-draft workouts (with video)

PE Bloggers: Tony Snell zooming upward in NBA mock drafts

Video: Here is a highlight/interview mix from one of Snell’€™s recent workouts.

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