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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan SG Tim Hardaway Jr.

06.25.13 at 5:43 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.

TIM HARDAWAY JR.

Position: Shooting guard

School: Michigan

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 205 pounds

Achievements: Coaches’ All-Big Ten first team (2013), Media All-Big Ten second team (2013), NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player (2012), All-Big Ten third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists

What he brings: Hardaway Jr. has good athleticism for a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, and excels at getting to the rim in transition according to DraftExpress.com. However, he is a good shooter from beyond the arc, especially in spot-up shots, as he hit 44 percent of his unguarded spot-up shots from 3-point range last season.

While he does not have great length — he only has a 6-foot-7 wingspan — Hardaway’€™s athleticism and motor give him the potential to be a good NBA defender. That wingspan makes him less likely to get steals and rebounds, though, as he recorded only 0.7 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. He has to improve his consistency, too, as he tended to lose focus on the defensive end.

Notes: He is the son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, who spent 14 years in the NBA with the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nuggets and Pacers. … Trey Burke, a teammate of his at Michigan, is projected to be taken among the top eight selections in the draft.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: Heat scout Hardaway sees a familiar face in Michigan guard

Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. enjoying benefits of fatherly advice

Video: Here’s a highlight package of Hardaway.

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Jeff Green: ‘I’m happy for’ Doc Rivers

06.24.13 at 5:20 pm ET
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While admitting he returned to Boston in hopes of playing four years under coach Doc Rivers, Celtics forward Jeff Green told ESPN.com, “I can’€™t speak for the other guys, but I’€™m not angry at all. I’€™m happy for him.”

Green first met Doc while teammates with the coach’s eldest son Jeremiah Rivers at Georgetown University. Green reportedly feels “absolutely no animosity,” but the 26-year-old understands if his teammates harbor ill will after the Celtics released Rivers from the three years and $21 million left on his contract in exchange for a first-round NBA draft pick from the Clippers.

Rivers is reportedly still in the process of reaching terms on a similar deal with Los Angeles. Green knows the NBA business well, having been a pawn in the C’s Kendrick Perkins trade to the Thunder two years ago.

‘€œThe main reason I came back to Boston was because of Doc, but I understand things change,” Green added. “Not everything goes as planned. We had injuries, and some other things, that altered our team. You can’€™t predict the future. I really enjoyed playing for Doc. We have a great relationship. I’€™m sure some people will feel betrayed, but we all have to do what is best for us and our families. Whenever there’€™s a trade or a coach leaves, there’€™s always emotion. But then after a while we all move on and say, ‘€˜What’€™s next?’”

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: German PG Dennis Schroeder

06.24.13 at 2:32 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.

DENNIS SCHROEDER

Position: Point guard

Team: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany)

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 165 pounds

Achievements: Basketball Bundesliga Most Improved Player (2013), Basketball Bundesliga Best Young German Player (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 24.7 minutes

What he brings: Drawing comparisons to Rajon Rondo, Schroeder is one of the more intriguing prospects of the 2013 draft. He has a freakish body type, as he is 6-foot-2 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan. Schroeder uses his ability to change speeds effectively, but his shooting stroke is what separates him as a point guard. He shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range last season and 84 percent from the free throw line.

However, Schroeder has to work on his decision-making with the ball, as analysts note that he tends to force passes into tight areas. He averaged 4.0 turnovers per 40 minutes last season, compared to 5.3 assists per 40 minutes. Schroeder also needs to improve his ability to handle bigger opponents on defense, so getting stronger will be part of his growth process.

Notes: Schroeder did not work out at the combine or Eurocamp, leading to rumors that he has a promise to be drafted by an NBA team. According to Hoops Hype, that team is the Celtics, who could take him at 16. Schroeder insisted that nobody has promised him anything, though. According to Sporting News, Schroeder sat out of drills because he had a toothache.

Recent articles:

Hoops Hype: Schroeder fulfilling promise to late father

WEEI: NBA draft guru Jeff Goodman on Celtics: ‘I’d look at Dennis Schroeder or Shane Larkin at No. 16

Video: Here’s a package of Schroeder highlights.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State PG Lorenzo Brown

06.24.13 at 10:27 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.

LORENZO BROWN

Position: Point guard

School: NC State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 186 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC second team (2013), All-ACC third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 turnovers

What he brings: Brown was often smooth, unselfish and creative while commandeering the Wolfpack offense, able to find a teammate at just about any moment. That court vision helped lead to the junior’s ACC-high 7.2 assists per game, which is a key part of his game since he doesn’€™t shoot very well (41.9 percent overall, 26.3 percent on 3-pointers).

He does, however, do a bit of just about everything else. Brown is adept at the defensive end, using his 6-foot-7 wingspan to defend his position well, and his 2.0 steals per game can shift momentum in a given game. NBAdraft.net wrote in late April that Brown possesses good instincts and is a solid decision-maker.

Notes: Not only will Brown likely be available to the C’€™s at pick No. 16, he may not even go in the first round. ‘€¦ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Brown in January as being the best guard in transition in the country, calling him ‘€œmagical’€ when in possession. ‘€¦ After graduating from Centennial High in Roswell, Ga., Brown attended Hargrave Military Academy, a boarding school in Chatham, Va. ‘€¦ Brown majored in parks, recreation & tourism management.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: North Carolina State’€™s Lorenzo Brown fits, but is he a first-rounder?

Allmediany.com: Lorenzo Brown, others work out for Knicks

Video: Here is video from one of Brown’€™s workouts this month.

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Irish Coffee: Top 18 coaches to replace Doc Rivers in Celtics search for Banner 18

06.24.13 at 8:00 am ET
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The Celtics and Clippers have reportedly reached a deal that will allow Doc Rivers to coach in L.A. next season in exchange for a unprotected first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft, pending league approval. So, the search begins to replace a coach that finished only 11 victories shy of tying Tommy Heinsohn for second behind Red Auerbach on the franchise’s wins list. Here are 18 candidates to lead the C’s to an 18th banner.

18. Kevin Garnett: Whether tongue-in-cheek or not, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Bill Doyle threw this one out there, suggesting Garnett could follow Rivers as a player-coach the way Bill Russell did Auerbach, but the advanced statistics, strategy and amount of game planning in today’s NBA make it a pipe dream.

17. Larry Bird: If the Celtics legend showed interest in the GM position for the Kings, what’s to say he wouldn’t consider a coaching position in the organization he resurrected as a player? Well, for one, he’d have to accept a scenario in which he answered to C’s president Danny Ainge, and secondly, he would command big money.

16. Byron Scott: Considering Scott appeared to be the Clippers’ fall-back option if they couldn’t get a deal done for Rivers, he’s a leading candidate among the NBA coaching retreads. However, the former Lakers standout has maintained a disdain for Boston in his coaching career, and the feeling is probably mutual.

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Report: Celtics finally send Doc Rivers to Clippers

06.23.13 at 6:45 pm ET
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Pending league approval, the Celtics have finally agreed on a deal that will result in Doc Rivers coaching the Clippers next season, according to ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan.

The Clippers will send an unprotected first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft to the C’s in exchange for releasing Rivers from the three years and $21 million remaining on his contract, per Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski. Rivers will reportedly receive the same deal to coach in Los Angeles.

Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge have tentatively scheduled a noon press conference on Monday, at which point the two are expected to explain the drama that led to their breakup after nine seasons together.

According to MacMullan, Rivers and Ainge worked side-by-side to reach a deal with the Clippers that benefits both the Celtics and Doc’s desire to avoid a lengthy rebuilding process. C’s ownership also reportedly was not wild about paying Rivers $7 million annually to coach a rebuilding team.

Talks between the C’s and Clippers were dubbed dead several times this past week — once when the NBA refused to allow a deal involving Rivers and any package of players, and then again when the Clippers insisted upon not sending anything beyond a second-round pick in exchange for Rivers.

However, discussion between the two sides heated up again on Sunday, when Chris Paul pressured L.A. to concede in sending a first-round selection to Boston, according to reports from Yahoo! and The Boston Globe.

Considering NBA commissioner David Stern‘s recent comments, another deal that would have sent Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and another first-round pick still appears dead. After a week of highly publicized negotiations involving the two teams, it will be nearly impossible for Ainge to convince the league office that a deal involving Garnett isn’t linked to the proposed Rivers deal.

Still, Ainge is seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Paul Pierce, according to MacMullan, and The Globe relayed “better-than-average interest” in the 35-year-old Celtics captain. The C’s would also reportedly be open to picking up Pierce’s $15.3 million option for next season and shopping him at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, Garnett has two years and $24.4 million left on his deal, and his no-trade clause further limits Ainge’s options in finding another destination outside Los Angeles for his 37-year-old center.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: North Texas PF Tony Mitchell

06.23.13 at 5:58 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.

TONY MITCHELL

Position: Power forward

School: North Texas

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 213 pounds

Achievements: All-Sun Belt second team (2013), All-Sun Belt first team (2012), Sun Belt All-Tournament team (2012), Sun Belt Freshman of the Year (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks

What he brings: According to SB Nation’€™s scouting report of Mitchell, he has ‘€œthe size of a power forward and the athleticism of a shooting guard.’€ He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and is an explosive leaper, making him an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder. He is strong around the rim and fights through contact to score from in close. He shot 43.9 percent from 3-point range his freshman year at North Texas.

His numbers dropped during his sophomore season of 2012-13. The knock on him is that he was lazy on defense last season and tended to stand and watch on the defensive glass. Mitchell also struggled with defensive positioning at times and got lost in dead ball situations. He is a raw prospect but could be the steal of the draft depending on how he responds to a professional environment.

Notes:  Mitchell, who hails from Dallas, committed to play at Missouri out of high school in 2010. However, he had some NCAA issues related to his academics (due mainly to a stint at Center of Life Christian Academy in Miami, a non-accredited prep school), so he instead chose to play as a partial qualifier at North Texas. If he is selected in the first round, he will be the first player to spend his entire college basketball playing at North Texas to do so.

Recent articles:

USA Today: Tony Mitchell doesn’t regret NBA decision 

Sports Illustrated: Ex-Mizzou recruit Mitchell ready to make comeback at North Texas

Video: Here is a highlight video of Mitchell.

And here is a feature video on Mitchell finding his home in North Texas.

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