Archive for October, 2009

Celtics Season Preview: Index

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

WEEI.com Staff: 25 Questions Facing the Celtics and NBA in 2009-10

Flannery: Last Shot for the Big Three?

Camerato: No Longer Hunted, Celtics Begin Life as the Hunters

Nuggetpalooza: These Are Your Celtics

Flannery: Five Lessons From the Preseason

Green Street: Celtics, Rondo Still Remain $10 Million-$15 Million Apart

Flannery: What a Rondo Deal Would Mean

Green Street: Big Baby Breaks His Hand

Source: Rondo, Celts $10 million-$15 million apart

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A source close to the situation has told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com that the Celtics offered point guard Rajon Rondo a contract extension worth five years and $45 million, with Rondo’s representatives asking for between $55 million-$60 million over the same number of years. The Celtics presented their offer to Rondo’s reps in a meeting, Monday night. Rondo is eligible to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2009-10 season.

For what a Rondo deal would mean for the Celtics, click here.

Report: Davis Suffers Broken Hand

Monday, October 26th, 2009

According to Comcast Sportsnet New England, Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis suffered a broken hand in a non-basketball related right thumb injury and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. The injury reportedly occurred Sunday night when Davis was involved in an altercation with a former teammate.

‘€œWe are aware of Glen Davis‘€™ injury,” the Celtics said in a statement. “We are gathering all information regarding the injury before making any further comments.’€

What a Rondo deal would mean

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The general consensus last week was that Saturday’s deadline to extend players from the 2006 draft class would pass without the Celtics and Rajon Rondo coming to an agreement. Only three players from that class — Portland’s Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge and Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani — have signed agreements at this point.

Now it looks like their might be some movement. WEEI.com learned that the Celtics will offer Rondo a long-term deal and the two sides are expected to talk tonight. Of course “talking” and “signing” are two different things, but presumably the Celtics have an idea where Rondo and his agent, Bill Duffy, want to be on the numbers. Put it this way: There was no indication there would even be talks last week.

If the Celtics are successful in locking up Rondo it would set the franchise’s direction for the post Big 3 era. Although some fans had held out hope for some kind of major foray into the 2o10 free agent class, that scenario realistically went up in smoke when they signed Rasheed Wallace to a 3-year deal in the offseason. An extended Rondo and Kendrick Perkins would become the bridge to the next Celtics era.

Rondo has frustrated some with his style of play, but it’s worth remembering that he is a 23-year-old point guard (he won’t turn 24 until February) who in three years in the league has been the starting point guard on an NBA championship team, an All-Defense defender and probably should have been an All-Star last season. He also memorably averaged a triple double against rising star Derrick Rose in the first round of the playoffs.

Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton makes an interesting point. If the big stars of the 2010 free agent class decide to stay with their respective teams, what’s to stop one of those teams hoarding cap space from making a strong run at Rondo, even if he’s restricted? Say, the Knicks, who have a crying need for a run and gun point guard to handle Mike D’Antoni’s system. True, the Celtics could match but that would probably at an inflated price.

Of the members of the 2006 draft class who have signed extensions, only Roy got a so-called “max” deal. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnowksi reported that Aldridge signed a deal in the $65-70 million range. Bargani got a few million less than that annually.

Whether Rondo signs an extension or not may come down to a question of value. Using the two Portland deals as a barometer is Rondo a “max” player that you build your franchise around like Roy, or an Aldridge player; i.e. a second star?

Celtics, Rondo Set to Talk Monday Night

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Rajon Rondo is set to talk with Celtics on Monday night regarding his contract, sources close to Rondo told WEEI.com. WEEI.com previously reported the Celtics are prepared to offer Rondo a long-term extension today to prevent him from becoming a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Doc invokes no talking rule at practice

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

WALTHAM ‘€“ The Celtics are one of the most talkative teams in the NBA, and no one knows that better than Doc Rivers. On Saturday Rivers invoked a ‘€œno talking’€ rule on offense during practice.

‘€œI just told everybody today that they were too loud and so I said we’re going to have a non-talk practice for the next half hour,’€ he explained.

The rule, however, turned out to be difficult to enforce. The players joked that Rivers was running a communist practice and had a hard time following along with the temporary restriction.

‘€œThat’s a little thing that Doc feels as though that once we get to talking smack to each other here in practice that we lose our focus. But the intensity’s there, but we lose our focus,’€ said Rasheed Wallace. ‘€œOn some plays he’s right but I think that’s just the character of some of the guys here in the gym. But hey, if that’s what Doc wants, we’ve got to try to do that. We’ve got to try to talk a little more quietly, that’s all.’€

Even though Rivers knew the rule would be broken, he felt it was important to make the point.

‘€œHave you ever seen our guys quiet? That’s what was so amazing. They were saying they couldn’t talk yet everybody was talking,’€ River said with a laugh, later adding, ‘€œThere’s no such thing [silence] with this team. This is a very verbal team, which is a good thing actually, but sometimes we want to make sure we keep it under control.’€

Allen knocked down, leaves practice with stitches

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

WALTHAM — Ray Allen left Celtics practice on Saturday after getting unintentionally elbowed above the left eye and knocked to the ground by Kendrick Perkins, who was playing on the same team. Allen received stitches and is not expected to miss any games.

“The sad thing is it was a skeleton offense. There was no defense,” said Doc Rivers. “We run a lot of hand-off stuff as you know and it didn’t go well. It was a hand-off with Perk and Perk had his elbow up while he was supposed to be handing it off to Ray. And those are the ones that hurt because you don’t expect those cuts to come at that time.”

Allen hit the ground grabbing his eye, according to Rivers who initially thought Allen was joking. “All of a sudden he was laying down and all of a sudden you saw the blood and said, ‘Oh no, I don’t think he’s faking.'”

Rasheed Wallace said the injury did not affect the Celtics energy during practice.

“We’re still going hard, still intense,” he said. “Unfortunately it happened but we can’t sit up here and be sad and be down on ourselves, like oh man Ray got hurt. No, we’ve still got to go out there and play.”

The Celtics open their season on Tuesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.

UPDATE: Allen received five stitches at New England Baptist Hospital, according to Celtics team officials.