Archive for June, 2010

C’s draft pick Bradley faces ankle surgery

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Celtics draft picks Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody were introduced to the media at a press conference at the Celtics training facility in Waltham Friday. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated that Bradley will have arthroscopic surgery on his ankle that will knock him out of summer league action, although the guard is expected to be ready to return in August and participate in training camp.

‘€œRight now, I’m just looking to get back and get ready so I can start training camp,’€ said Bradley, who will wear a zero on his Celtics jersey.

Harangody, who is going with No. 55, is ready to prove himself all over again. “I feel like I paid my dues in college,” he said. “I wasn’€™t good enough to get into the first round, but I feel like I just have to start all over again and just do the same thing as when I came to college because I wasn’€™t a big name then.”

Report: Perkins may have torn ACL

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said center Kendrick Perkins may have torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Game 6 of the NBA finals, according to a Boston Herald report. It was initially believed that Perkins tore the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments, but the extent of the damage won’t be known for sure until Dr. Brian McKeon performs the surgery. That surgery originally was scheduled for Friday but was pushed back to allow the swelling to subside.

Rivers on Sheed: I think it’s over

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Word spread around the league on draft night that Rasheed Wallace is going to retire. While it’s still not official, Doc Rivers said that he thinks it will be soon.

“I don’€™t think he’€™s going to change his mind,” Rivers said. “Rasheed had told me three days before the last game that he was pretty sure this was it. The night before he called and said hey I’€™m going to give it everything I’€™ve got because this is my last time playing. He was pretty definite. But again, it was very emotional so you never know. I think it is over.”

There are still procedural issues that will need to be clarified regarding the remaining two years on his contract and what that will mean in terms of potential cap and luxury tax relief, but for now it seems that we have seen the last of Wallace in a Celtics uniform.

Celtics draft Harangody at pick 52

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Celtics selected Luke Harangody with the 52th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Here’€™s more on the newest member of the C’€™s:

Position: Forward

Height: 6-8

Weight: 246 pounds

College: Notre Dame

Years in College: Four

Birthdate: January 2, 1988

Immediate upside: The big man can score and create his own shot at the basket

Needs to improve: Athleticism and lateral defense

Stats: averaged 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in his final season at Notre Dame. He shot 48.1 percent from the field and 78.7 percent from the free throw line.

Click here for details on the Celtics 19th pick, Avery Bradley (University of Texas).

Celtics draft Avery Bradley

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Celtics selected Avery Bradley with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Here’s more on the newest member of the C’s:

Position: Guard

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180 pounds

College: University of Texas

Years in College: One

Birthdate: November 26, 1990

Immediate upside: Quick, tough defender who will fit into Celtics defensive-savvy system

Needs to improve: Point guard skills, free throw shooting

Stats: Bradley averaged 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in his first (and only) season. He shot 43.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.

Report: Wallace decides to retire

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Rasheed Wallace has officially decided to retire, TNT’s David Aldridge reported on Thursday night, citing a league source. The decision was expected following the Celtics‘ Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals. After the game, Doc Rivers said, “I don’€™t know if Rasheed will ever play again. He’€™s one of them. I think he took that out on the floor with him.” Wallace had $12 million and two years left on his contract, which he signed last summer.

Wallace most recently averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds during the finals, including a Game 7 start. It was a bounceback from an inconsistent regular season in which he posted 9.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 28.3 percent from 3-point range in 79 games.

Wallace was selected by the Bullets with the fourth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He earned four All-Star selections and won a championship in 2004 with the Pistons. Wallace ranked sixth in games played among all active players.

Report: Bulls will send Hinrich, pick to Wizards

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

According to an ESPN report, the Bulls have agreed to a deal that would send guard Kirk Hinrich and the No. 17 pick to the Wizards in an effort to clear up salary cap space. The deal would not be able to be consummated until July 8, at which time the Wizards would have the salary cap space to afford Hinrich’s $9 million salary. It was not clear what Washington would send to Chicago in return.