|Report: Josh Smith wants out of Atlanta||03.09.12 at 12:18 am ET|
Hawks forward Josh Smith is having one of his best seasons, averaging 17.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for a team that has stayed in the thick of the playoff chase without Al Horford. But the 26-year-old Smith has had his problems in Atlanta, and Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Smith would like to be traded before the March 15 deadline.
By the end of last season Smith wanted out of Atlanta because he believed he was singled out for unfair criticism by coaches and media. Those concerns have died down for the most part this season but now Smith believes he needs a fresh start with a franchise where he can better reach his potential on and off the court, according to one of the people with knowledge of Smith’s thinking.
The Hawks have been fielding phone calls on Smith, with the Warriors mentioned as one possibility. The Celtics have been very loosely tied to the forward, but team officials shot down a report last week involving Kevin Garnett.
Smith, who played his high school ball at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia with Rajon Rondo, remains friends with the All-Star guard and he has one year left after this season on a contract that pays him $13 million.
|Report: Celtics-Hawks talks were ‘purely exploratory’||03.03.12 at 1:12 pm ET|
Wojnarowski’s report comes one day after another rumor suggested that the Celtics were interested in acquiring forward Josh Smith from the Hawks while dangling Kevin Garnett.
|Celtics vs. Nets live blog||03.02.12 at 7:19 pm ET|
There are worse teams to be playing without Ray Allen (sick) than the Nets. The 17-17 Celtics will try to push back past .500 against a Nets team that is in last place in the Atlantic Division with an 11-25 record.
That said, this may be a case of a team that is suffering through a hostile home crowd while biding its time for a move to Brooklyn. The Nets are 3-13 at home and 8-12 on the road.
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|Adrian Wojnarowski on D&C: ‘Don’t see [Rondo deal] happening’||03.02.12 at 1:54 pm ET|
Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the trade rumors surrounding the Celtics, specifically concerning point guard Rajon Rondo. Wojnarowski said not to expect a big deal from Celtics president Danny Ainge before the trade deadline.
“I just don’t know what large thing is out there for them to do,” he said. “I think Danny’s going to try, and he’s ready with any of the Big Three to make a move if they can get them maybe some picks down the line, a good young player for down the line. But right now, whatever that is, I don’t think it’s shown itself. And as for Rondo, I don’t see that happening.”
Wojnarowski said Ainge might be asking teams what they would offer for Rondo in an attempt to determine the guard’s trade value going forward, but that’s different than actively “shopping” him. “Boston’s not doing that with Rondo,” he said, noting that it’s unlikely the guard will be moved this month. Read the rest of this entry »
|Poll: Should Celtics trade Rajon Rondo?||03.02.12 at 1:43 pm ET|
Should the Celtics trade Rajon Rondo?
- Maybe, but only for a superstar or top-10 draft pick (50%, 151 Votes)
- No, they need to keep him for the future (35%, 106 Votes)
- Yes, for whatever they can get for him because he's a distraction (14%, 43 Votes)
Total Voters: 300
|Celtics vs. Bucks Live Blog||02.29.12 at 7:11 pm ET|
One night after opening the second half by snapping a five-game losing streak with a win in Cleveland, the Celtics are now looking for a win in their first home game of the second half. The C’s open a stretch of five home games out of their next six contests by hosting the Bucks on Wednesday.
The 16-17 Celtics are currently holding onto the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of both the Bucks and Cavs for the last playoff spot. For all the latest from the TD Garden, join the Live Blog, below.
|Celtics-Bulls Live Blog||02.12.12 at 2:54 pm ET|
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