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10 highlights from Celtics’ 2015-16 schedule release

08.12.15 at 10:43 pm ET
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Brad Stevens couldn't be more excited about the 2015-16 NBA season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brad Stevens couldn’t be more excited about the 2015-16 NBA season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Celtics released their 2015-16 NBA schedule. Here are 10 highlights.

Start ’em up: The Celtics have a great opportunity to carry the moment from the end of last regular season into 2015-16, as they host the ever-tanking 76ers in the season opener on Oct. 28 and play six of their first eight games at TD Garden (albeit against four returning playoff teams). They also have a nice little three-day break from Nov. 7-9 that should allow for some much-needed practice time.

All my troubles: While the league average for back-to-back games dropped by 1.5 games, the Celtics play 18 such contests, same as last season. Andy the C’s play on the road on the second night in 11 of those back-to-backs. The good news: They play just one stretch of four games in five nights, from Jan. 12-16 (Knicks, Pacers, Suns and Wizards), thanks to the league’s effort to reduce those situations by 60 percent.

On holiday: The C’s don’t play on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day or Easter Sunday, so you might have to spend time with your family this season. They do play on Veterans Day (Pacers), Martin Luther King Day (at Mavericks), Groundhog Day (at Knicks) and Super Bowl Sunday (Kings).

It’s showtime: In what might be their final two games against Kobe Bryant, the C’s host the Lakers on Dec. 30, and then visit their arch rivals in L.A. on April 3. Easy on those MVP chants, people.

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Get your 2015-16 Boston Celtics schedule here

08.12.15 at 9:05 pm ET
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The Celtics released their full schedule for the 2015-16 NBA season. Enjoy.

Wed., Oct. 28: Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30: Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 1: San Antonio, 3:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4: at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 6: Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 10: at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11: Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 13: Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 15: at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 16: at Houston, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 18: Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20: Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 22: at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 24: at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Wed., Nov. 25: Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 27: Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 29: at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 30: at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 19. Hello and goodbye, Courtney Lee

08.12.15 at 12:01 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 19 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

July 20, 2012: Hello, Courtney Lee.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 20. Hello, Keyon Dooling

07.31.15 at 2:45 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 20 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 24, 2011: Goodbye, Marquis Daniels.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Sacramento’€™s 2017 second-round pick (top-55 protected): Because the Kings are the Kings, this pick will likely never come to fruition, as is the case with most heavily protected second-rounders. This is not the prize.
  • $2.47 million trade exception: Because the C’s were a salary cap-strapped team, this was the real reward.

DEPARTING to Sacramento

Dec. 9, 2011: Hello, Keyon Dooling.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Keyon Dooling: The veteran guard spent just one season in Boston and sat nearly a third of the 2011-12 campaign with knee and hip ailments, but the former players’ union vice president won over C’s fans, if only for his unwavering support of Rajon Rondo and 50 percent 3-point shooting in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

DEPARTING to Milwaukee

  • Albert Miralles: A throw-in to Ainge’s second Antoine Walker trade in 2005, Miralles never left the Euroleague and was approaching his 30th birthday by December 2011, so he was long past a lost cause.
  • $2.47 million TPE: With few, if any, trade-able contracts and only the taxpayer’s mid-level exception and veteran minimum contracts to offer in hopes of adding depth for one more kick at the title can, the Celtics used the traded player exception acquired in the Daniels deal to absorb Dooling’s $2.25 million contract.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 21. Goodbye, Walter McCarty

07.30.15 at 10:03 am ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 21 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 8, 2005: Goodbye, Walter McCarty. ARRIVING in Boston

  • Golden State’€™s 2007 second-round pick (Aaron Gray): Phoenix owned this future selection and its own second-rounder. At the time of the trade, the Suns owned a 38-11 record and the Warriors a 13-35 record, so this seemed like a safer bet to be the higher pick. Sure enough, Golden State was slotted 49th in 2007 and Phoenix 59th. By that time, though, Ainge had already swapped this pick in exchange for Denver’s 2006 second-rounder (also 49th) in order to draft a player the Celtics identified as a value pick: Leon Powe.

DEPARTING to Phoenix

  • Walter McCarty: Inarguably the most popular non-star on the late 1990’s/early 2000’s Celtics, McCarty was coming off his two best seasons — averaging 6.9 points (54.1 true shooting percentage), 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.2 minutes off the bench for a pair of playoff teams — and Tommy Heinsohn’s “I love Waltah” fan club was in full effect. He had also just celebrated his 31st birthday and had one NBA season left in his legs.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 22. Hello, Ricky Davis

07.29.15 at 12:36 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 22 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Dec. 15, 2003: Hello, Ricky Davis.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Ricky Davis: Nine months removed from the a ludicrous attempt to complete a triple-double, Davis was in the second season of his six-year, $34.1 million deal. The establishment of the Garden’s glorious Get Buckets Brigade and his failed between-the-legs dunk against the Lakers showed little evolution of his game, and he was packaged in a deal that returned Wally Szczerbiak‘s even more cumbersome contract two years later.
  • Chris Mihm: The 7-footer played 54 games in green before earning the distinction of being involved in the last trade between the C’s and Lakers. Boston dealt Mihm, Chucky Atkins and Jumaine Jones to L.A. for Rick Fox, Gary Payton and a first-round pick in August 2004. This marks the first definitive win of Ainge’s trade history.
  • Michael Stewart: He was a throw-in to the trade for Antoine Walker and was out of the league by April 2005.
  • Boston’€™s 2005 second-round pick (Ryan Gomes): The former Providence star’s production during his first two seasons in Boston made him attractive enough to be an asset in Ainge’s 2007 trade for Kevin Garnett.

DEPARTING to Cleveland

  • Tony Battie: The Cavaliers traded Batman to the Magic at season’s end, acquiring two key contributors to their 2007 NBA Finals run (Drew Gooden and Anderson Varejao) in return. Battie signed a four-year, $23 million extension in Orlando, starting all 82 games in 2005-06 before seeing his minutes decline thereafter.
  • Kedrick Brown: One of many horrendous draft picks by the previous regime, the No. 11 overall selection in 2001 played 42 more NBA games over the next 14 months before taking his talents to the D-League and abroad.
  • Eric Williams: A beloved member of the early 2000’s Celtics, he played out the final 50 games of his contract before joining the New Jersey Nets as a free agent. He could never stay healthy and played for four different teams before retiring at age 34 in 2007 and concentrating on his new career as a “Basketball Wives” star.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 23. Hello and goodbye again, Antoine Walker

07.28.15 at 12:01 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 23 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 24, 2005: Hello again, Antoine Walker.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Antoine Walker: Just 14 months after trading Walker for one of the worst contracts in NBA history, Ainge reacquired the former All-Star for a first-round pick and expiring contracts. It was weird. It was also an obvious attempt to make a playoff push in Doc Rivers‘ first season as coach, and it worked. The Celtics won 11 of their first 12 games with Walker back in green, qualified for the playoffs and … of course lost in the first round.

DEPARTING to Atlanta

  • Tom Gugliotta: Good ol’ Googs was just that — old. The one-time NBA All-Star played 20 games in Boston after signing as a free agent at age 35. He lasted 27 more on the Hawks before retiring at season’s end.
  • Gary Payton: Still fairly productive at age 36, The Glove was included for salary-matching purposes and promptly waived by the Hawks. He re-signed with the C’s for the rest of the season a week later, resulting in The Gary Payton Rule requiring players to wait 30 days before re-signing with their previous team. (That time period has since been changed to the remainder of the season in what is called The Zydrunas Ilgauskas Rule.)
  • Michael Stewart: He scored a whopping five points in 71 minutes for the Celtics during the 2003-04 season, did not see the Garden floor the following season and played just 12 more NBA games before calling it a career.
  • Lakers’€™ 2006 first-round pick (Rajon Rondo): While Gugliotta, Payton and Stewart represented a $12.9 million pile of scrap heap material, they were all expiring contracts and thus weren’t a pot that needed much sweetening to unload. But Ainge was fairly liberal with his first-round picks in his early days as GM, and thankfully he was able to get this pick back by way of the Phoenix Suns after sacrificing another first-rounder.

Aug. 2, 2005: Goodbye again, Antoine Walker.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Curtis Borchardt: It’s perfectly OK if you don’t remember the Borchadt era in Boston. His claim to fame in a Celtics uniform was seven points in seven preseason games before signing overseas in the Spanish League.
  • Albert Miralles: Ditto for Miralles, except he never actually left Spain. Strangely, that actually helped the Celtics six years later, when Ainge smartly dealt his rights to the Milwaukee Bucks for Keyon Dooling.
  • Qyntel Woods: Samesies, except he was waived after three preseason games and signed with those wacky 2005-06 New York Knicks that seemingly featured every certifiably insane NBA player of the 2000s.
  • Miami’€™s 2006 second-round pick (Edin Bavcic): Likewise, the Celtics never made this selection, because Ainge traded it less than two months later for 19 games worth of Dan Dickau during the 2005-06 NBA season.
  • 2008 second-round pick (Nikola Pekovic): The Celtics got Nik Pekovic out of this deal? Awesome! Oh, wait, Ainge also tossed this pick into a trade a few months later for, among other assets, Michael Olowokandi.

DEPARTING to Miami

  • Antoine Walker: ‘Toine, of course, put together the last decent season of his NBA career in 2005-06, playing every regular-season game and starting all 23 playoff games for the Heat during their run to the NBA title.

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