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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Providence G Ricky Ledo

06.18.13 at 6:34 pm 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.

Ricky Ledo (AP)

Ricky Ledo spent the 2012-13 season at Providence but did not play due to NCAA eligibility issues. (AP)

RICKY LEDO

Position: Guard

School: Providence

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 195 pounds

Achievements: Jordan High School All-American (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: Ledo did not play in 2012-13.

What he brings: Ledo comes equipped with the ability to be either a shooting guard or point guard, having done the latter for PC’s scout team this season. He’s strong athletically and is a solid ball-handler, based on his performance at the NBA combine, according to draftexpress.com, which called him “a long-term project” due to his lack of experience. Providence coach Ed Cooley commended the guard’s shooting ability while also noting his impressive range in this NBA.com piece.

Back before he went to Providence, draftexpress.com wrote that he was a “mixed bag” on defense, though the potential was certainly there for him to be very good on that end, both on and off the ball. That November 2011 showing also earned Ledo an O.J. Mayo comparison.

Notes: Ledo’s development has been hampered because he was limited to practicing with the Friars in 2012-13 due to his status as a “partial qualifier” for issues stemming from his attending four high schools in five years, a trend that has caused concern among some when evaluating his character. … As a senior at South Kent (Conn.) Prep, he averaged 23.4 point and 6.2 rebounds per game. … While he briefly attended St. Andrew’s in Barrington, R.I., he was teammates with fellow draft prospect Michael Carter-Williams.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams

06.18.13 at 1:34 pm 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.

Michael Carter-Williams (AP)

Massachusetts native Michael Carter-Williams has great size for a point guard (AP)

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS

Position: Point guard

School: Syracuse

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 185 pounds

Achievements: All-Big East second team (2013), AP All-America honorable mention (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist as nation’s top point guard (2013), Gatorade Rhode Island High School Player of the Year (2011, 2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebound, 2.8 steals

What he brings: Carter-Williams is agile and can get around despite his larger-than-normal size for a point guard, and his height facilitates his ability to find teammates anywhere on the court. He can make both basic and fancy passes depending on the situation.

He isn’t the greatest shooter, connecting on 29.2 percent of attempts from beyond the parabola, and could stand to get a little stronger, but his creativity and selflessness make him strong at the point.

Notes: Carter-Williams played just 10 minutes per game as a freshman before commandeering the Orange offense and playing more than 35 minutes per game in 2012-13. … He is from Hamilton — about 45 minutes north of Boston — and attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School for a year before transferring to St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. … Carter-Williams made local news when his family’s house burned down while Syracuse was playing California in the third round of the NCAA tournament March 23. … In December, he reportedly was caught shoplifting before settling with issue privately with Lord & Taylor for $500.

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Reports: Celtics-Clippers deal dead, Danny Ainge wants Doc Rivers back

06.18.13 at 12:45 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Celtics and Clippers ended their trade discussions Tuesday after failing to reach a compromise.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne tweeted that the Clippers have walked away and are saying that talks are “off,” while The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes tweeted that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has confirmed the breakdown of negotiations.

The talks are said to have centered around the Celtics sending Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan and a first-round draft pick, but apparently the Celtics wanted a second first-round pick and the Clippers were not amenable to sweetening the pot.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Clippers also were hesitant to pay Rivers a $35 million extension as well as $3 million for Jordan’s trade kicker. Wojnarowski additionally tweeted that Ainge has called Rivers to update him on the situation and tell him that he still wants him back to coach the Celtics.

 

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Jeff Van Gundy on D&C: Doc Rivers has personality to pull off return to Boston if trade falls through

06.18.13 at 8:32 am ET
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Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy

ABC/ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to offer his take on the reported Celtics-Clippers trade talks.

The Celtics are said to be considering sending Kevin Garnett along with coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles. There has been widespread speculation that Rivers’ tenure in Boston is over either way, but Van Gundy isn’t so sure.

Said Van Gundy: “There’s a lot of people that don’t think he can still come back to Boston. I think it would work fine. He’s got the personality to pull it off. I think he’d be starting over with a different team anyway. It will be interesting to see what happens with Doc. Certainly these are interesting times in Celtic land.”

The Celtics reportedly would acquire young center DeAndre Jordan in the deal.

“I think everybody focuses on some maturity issues and his free throw shooting, and both need improvement,” Van Gundy said. “I like Jordan. I think he is a terrific athlete who has really improved defensively. He’s not like a physical guy, but he is a freak athlete who I think has shown great levels of improvement, where he came in as a second-round pick from Texas A&M after one year, not really accomplished in college. I think he’s continued to improve. Obviously, when you’re such a horrendous free throw shooter it limits how much you can play. But he is active, he can rebound.

“He’s a piece, if you’re trying to rebuild. Is he overpaid a little bit? Who’s not in the NBA? So he can just join the crowd on the long list of overpaid. But I like him better than how some people view him right now. I think he’s still an ascending player. If you’re going to go into a rebuild, he’s someone that’s intriguing.”

Touching on the NBA Finals — the Spurs have a 3-2 series lead heading into Tuesday night’s Game 6 in Miami — Van Gundy said there are intriguing story lines for both teams.

“There’s a lot on these two games for a lot of people on both sides,” Van Gundy said. “I think San Antonio played a great, great Game 5 offensively. I am so interested to see how they come out in Game 6. Do they do what Dallas did two years ago where they came in and they played a great game and beat Miami? Or do they take a sigh of relief and think that they have two games to win one, and so don’t play really as sharp or as desperate in Game 6 as they did in 5?

“And likewise, on the other hand, does the pressure get to Miami where they crack a little bit? Or have they been steeled by these last three years of long playoff runs, and do they show their championship mettle and find a way to win these two games? I’m really looking forward to it.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Miami PG Shane Larkin

06.17.13 at 1:50 pm 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.

Shane Larkin took a different path than his father, Hall of Fame baseball player Barry Larkin. (AP)

Shane Larkin took a different path than his father, Hall of Fame baseball player Barry Larkin. (AP)

SHANE LARKIN

Position: Point guard

School: Miami

Age: 20

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 176 pounds

Achievements: AP/ESPN/NABC All-America second team (2103), ACC Player of the Year (2013), All-ACC first team (2013), ACC Tournament MVP (2013), Lute Olson National Player of the Year (best non-freshman) (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist (top point guard) (2013), All-ACC freshman team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 40.6 percent 3-point shooting percentage

What he brings: Larkin drew high marks as a point guard in his time with the Hurricanes. Even though he is a bit smaller than some of his peers, Larkin makes up for it with his quickness and accurate shooting. Analysts note that he improved his passing ability in his second year, and he is especially dangerous shooting and passing on the pick and roll.

His size, including a wingspan of 5 feet, 10.75 inches, could present problems on the defensive end, but he is generally regarded as one of the most all-around athletic potential first-round choices. His 44-inch vertical leap was second best in the history of the NBA combine. Larkin does not seem to have any character issues, much of which is attributed to him learning how to act professionally and handle the spotlight from his father, Barry Larkin, the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame shortstop.

Notes: Originally set to attend DePaul, the homesick Larkin left after just a few practices in August 2011, citing an unspecified family medical issue as reason to be immediately eligible at closer-to-home Miami. … Aside from his father’s successful baseball career, three of Larkin’s uncles also played big-time college sports: Byron Larkin (Xavier basketball), Mike Larkin (Notre Dame football) and Steve Larkin (Texas baseball).

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Report: Celtics, Clippers talking again, considering alternatives to Eric Bledsoe

06.17.13 at 1:04 pm ET
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Trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers, which reportedly were put on hold over the weekend, resumed again Monday, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reportedly has been holding out for the Clippers to include guard Eric Bledsoe along with center DeAndre Jordan and a first-round draft pick in a deal that would send Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles, but Wojnarowski writes that the teams are discussing alternatives to Bledsoe.

There also has been speculation that Rivers would find it difficult to return to Boston now, with one league executive telling Yahoo!: “There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. You can’t pretend this didn’t happen and just go back to work.”

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Stephen A. Smith on D&C: ‘A 50-50 shot’ Doc Rivers ends up with Clippers

06.17.13 at 10:24 am ET
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Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith

Basketball analyst and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, and he was unsure about whether or not a deal involving Celtics coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers would get done.

With Rivers still under contract for three more years, there are potentially a lot of moving pieces in such a trade. But fortunately for the Celtics, president Danny Ainge has a ton of leverage in the negotiations.

Still, Smith pegged the chances of a trade actually going through at just 50 percent.

“Ultimately, all the cards are being held by Danny Ainge,” Smith said. “It’s a 50-50 shot either a deal gets done or Doc Rivers stays in Boston. I don’t think Doc Rivers will sit out for the year, then do television and all this other stuff. I think he’s going to stay and coach in Boston this year, or he’ll move on because Danny Ainge will see an opportunity to get young and to get a box-office attraction to some degree, if not Blake Griffin, then some quality young guys you can build around.

“Clearly, you have to go in that direction [getting younger]. If you’re Danny Ainge, it’s going to be a deal you want to make because you’re an older squad now, and it’s time to move in a different direction. Doc is the one hot commodity that he has. [Kevin Garnett] is 37. Paul Pierce is an aging 35. They’re not what they used to be, even though they can still contribute to a championship situation.

“They’re not the guys to build around anymore, and if you’re Danny Ainge you know this better than anybody. As a result, it will behoove him to get a deal done. And Doc Rivers is the one piece you have that’s an ace. You have to maximize it.”

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