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Adrian Wojnarowski on D&C: Chris Paul pushing Clippers to finish deal with Celtics

06.20.13 at 9:32 am ET
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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to give an update on the ongoing trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan and one or two first-round picks.

While the deal appeared to be dead Tuesday, the Clippers started trade discussions again Wednesday at the urging of pending free agent Chris Paul, according to Wojnarowski.

‘€œYesterday, Chris Paul — really over the last 36 hours or so, Chris Paul really started to pressure the Clippers to get this deal done,’€ Wojnarowski said. ‘€œIf they wanted to keep him in L.A. and to keep him off the free agent market July 1, that they had to get this deal done and to throw that extra draft pick that Danny Ainge has wanted, get this done and all but certainly lock him down to stay with the Clippers. That is what started to happen. The Clippers called the Celtics back yesterday afternoon, reported at Yahoo!, and started a dialogue again.

‘€œLate last night after Brian Shaw interviewed with [Clippers owner] Donald Sterling in L.A., the Clippers management met with Sterling. I don’€™t know if they are going to talk more this morning, but they met with Sterling last night really to give him their recommendation that, ‘€˜Hey, we need to do this. Let’€™s give them the pick. Let’€™s make these incredible financial commitments and get this deal done.’€™ I think there is a very good chance that Doc and Kevin Garnett go to the Clippers for Jordan and the two picks as early as today.’€

Wojnarowski said the deal makes perfect sense for Garnett, who has a chance to compete for a championship with the Clippers and does not have to play 37 minutes per night. However, he also said trading Garnett and his no-trade clause to the Clippers makes sense for the Celtics, who can use Jordan and the two first-round picks to help rebuild.

‘€œFor the Celtics, I really think this is a win-win,’€ Wojnarowski said. ‘€œThey wanted Doc to be their coach. They weren’€™t trying to run him out. But when he expressed his desire to do this, to get two first-round picks out of this, to get a young player, DeAndre Jordan, who they like but they don’€™t love him ‘€” I think everyone in the league feels his contract, he is overpriced. But I know DeAndre is excited about coming to Boston. He feels like maybe it has run its course with him and the Clippers. Maybe he will develop better in Boston. This is a situation where Boston is ready to do this, too. They are not sending Doc away angrily.’€

Without Garnett in Boston, Paul Pierce would be the last remaining member of the Big Three that won the 2008 NBA championship together on the Celtics. However, Wojnarowski said there is a good chance that Pierce ends up in a Clippers uniform by the end of the summer as well.

‘€œThe Clippers would be one of the teams after [Pierce],’€ Wojnarowski said. ‘€œFor Pierce, if he does become a free agent ‘€” there were a lot of questions around the league ‘€” if Boston does waive him, remember, somebody can claim him on waivers, pick up his deal when they buy him out and pay him the full freight. So that is possible. Boston could still trade Pierce and get something back for him. The Clippers don’€™t have just a clear path to getting Pierce if he becomes free, but certainly there is an opportunity there. You know for Paul it makes all the sense in the world. Home in L.A., back with KG and Doc, a chance to win with the Clippers. It makes all the sense if he does get free to end up with the Clippers as part of the crew.’€

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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Report: Celtics, Clippers resume trade talks again

06.19.13 at 6:16 pm ET
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As first suggested by SportsCity.com’s Mark Heisler on Wednesday morning, the Celtics and Clippers hoped to resume discussion about a potential deal for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers prior to the NBA draft on June 27.

As it turns out, the Clips reached out to the C’s on Thursday afternoon in order to reopen their dialogue about a package that would send DeAndre Jordan to Boston, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to various reports, most notably from Wojnarowski, discussion heated up this weekend but eventually fizzled out on Tuesday after disagreements over the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe, the contracts of Jason Terry and/or Courtney Lee, or a second No. 1 pick in a package that already included Jordan and one first-round pick.

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This is what Doc Rivers said about Boston in April

06.19.13 at 4:05 pm ET
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These questions from Dennis & Callahan came just days after the Boston Marathon bombings — during a period of healing when the NBA offseason was furthest from everyone’s mind — so keep that in mind when reading the following quotes from Celtics coach Doc Rivers, a part-time Back Bay resident expressing his city pride.

Still, Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest report — that “Rivers pushed for the Clippers partnership because of his desire to bypass a rebuilding process with Boston” — somehow cheapen Doc’s sentiment, particularly considering he signed a five-year, $35 million deal knowing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce wouldn’t be on the 2015-16 Celtics.

Does this feel like your town?

“Absolutely. I grew up in Chicago, and that will always be in me. I grew up 18 years there, but I’€™ve been here nine years. For me, this was it. This is it for me as far as a city. That doesn’€™t mean someday I won’t get fired or get old or retire and come back like Phil Jackson may do, but this will never get out of you — this city, this place — and I think a lot of people who have been here feel that way.

“You probably don’€™t appreciate it, because you live here, but I really think a lot of it is because of the passion of the fans. You get engrossed in that. It becomes part of you, and you don’€™t get that in other places. I’€™ve coached in one other city, but I’€™ve played in a lot of other places, and it’€™s rare. The true passion is what I call it. Anyone joins on when you’€™re winning. Very few places are in all the time, and this is a city that is in all the time.”

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SF Shabazz Muhammad

06.19.13 at 10:41 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.

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

Position: Small forward

School: UCLA

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 225 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year (2013), All Pac-12 first team (2013), All Pac-12 Freshman team, Naismith Boys Prep Player of the Year (2012), McDonald’€™s All-American Game MVP (2012), Nevada Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2012, 2011)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 37.7 3-point field-goal percentage

What he brings: It’€™s hard to doubt Muhammad’€™s scoring ability, but that’€™s about the only consistent aspect of his game. According to draftexpress.com, his effort on defense is sometimes lacking, although he’€™s certainly shown the ability when he wants to turn it on. He does a majority of his rebounding at the offensive end.

NBA.com attributes Muhammad’€™s success to his strength, toughness and scorer’€™s mentality. The Las Vegas native, who thinks he will be shooting guard in the future, likened himself to James Harden, and some scouts said Muhammad is more even athletic than Harden was coming out of college.

Notes: After missing the first three games of his lone season at UCLA due to impermissible benefit issues, Muhammad scored double digits in 31 out of 32 contests. He averaged less than one assist and one steal per game. ‘€¦ He comes from an athletic family. His Uncle, Stephone Paige, is a former Kansas City Chief, while his father, Ronald Holmes, played basketball for USC in the early ’80s and his sister, Asia, is a professional tennis player. ‘€¦ Muhammad has dealt with Tourette syndrome for much of his life, though he’€™s balanced it well with basketball. ‘€¦ Muhammad and his father were caught lying about the player’€™s age, leading everyone to believe he was born a year after he actually was. His father also was indicted last month on charges of federal bank fraud for his role in an alleged mortgage scam. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be on home arrest.

Recent articles:

CBS Sports: Buyer beware on Shabazz Muhammad

Sacramento Bee: Shabazz Muhammad takes pare in pre-draft workout for Kings

Video: Here’€™s an NBA video of Muhammad’€™s workouts at the draft combine.

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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

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 ‘€œa 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 ‘€œmixed 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 ‘€œpartial 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.

Recent articles:

JSonline.com: No college, no problem for Ricky Ledo

AZcentral.com: New Suns GM Ryan McDonough comments on Ledo’€™s recent workout with Phoenix

Video: Set to Flawless Tracks’€™ ‘€œBest Kept Secret,’€ here are highlights from one of Ledo’€™s workouts last month.

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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

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.

Recent articles:

Syracuse.com: Syracuse’€™s Michael Carter-Williams measures up at NBA pre-draft combine

Slamonline.com mock draft: No. 8 pick a versatile point guard with terrific court vision

Video: Here are some highlights from Carter-Williams’€™ sophomore season at Syracuse.

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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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