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Kevin Durant on Boston: ‘I like the city a lot’ 03.16.16 at 4:04 pm ET
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Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

In Boston for a nationally televised showdown with the Celtics on Wednesday night, impending free agent Kevin Durant said exactly what every C’s fan wanted to hear.

“I like the city a lot,” the Oklahoma City forward told The Boston Globe from shootaround in the hours before tipoff. “It’s cold, but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around the city, so yeah, I like it a lot.”

As the Globe’s Gary Washburn noted, injuries have prevented the 2013-14 NBA MVP from playing at TD Garden since Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were still starting for the Celtics during the 2012-13 season. But that hasn’t kept Durant from keeping an eye on the rebuilding efforts of coach Brad Stevens in Boston.

“I’ve been watching this team a lot,” he added. “They’re scrappy. They play hard. They love their coach. They love their system, and especially in this building, they play with a lot of energy. So it’s going to be a tough test.”

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Report: Celtics have interest in Brooklyn buyout candidate Joe Johnson 02.25.16 at 2:33 pm ET
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The Celtics drafted Joe Johnson with the 10th pick in the 2001 draft before shipping him to Phoenix halfway through his rookie season. Could a homecoming be in his near future?

According to an ESPN report, Johnson and the Nets have begun buyout discussions that would free Johnson to sign with a contender, and the Celtics are among the teams interested in his services.

Johnson, 34, will be postseason season eligible as long he is released by Tuesday, and in a WFAN radio interview on Thursday, new Nets GM Sean Marks said he’d do his best to accommodate the former All-Star.

“I think he’s deserved the right to,” Marks said when asked if Johnson could join a team headed for the playoffs.

The Celtics will have a steep hill to climb to convince Johnson to sign, however, because if the veteran wants his first title, either Cleveland or Oklahoma City would seemingly offer a better chance of getting it.

Johnson is averaging 11 points a game for the Nets, down from his career mark of 17.0.

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Celtics reportedly unwilling to pay ‘premium prices’ on rentals like Al Horford, Dwight Howard 02.18.16 at 10:12 am ET
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It appears if the Celtics do make a big move at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, it won’t be for Al Horford or Dwight Howard.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have showed an “unwillingness to pay premium prices on rentals for Al Horford and Dwight Howard.”

Both players are set to become free agents this summer and will be demanding large contracts.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.

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Report: Celtics have had ‘no recent talks’ with Hawks on Al Horford 02.18.16 at 9:48 am ET
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Al Horford

Al Horford

Will the Celtics swing a trade for Al Horford?

After there was a report Wednesday afternoon of the Celtics being the favorites to land Horford if the Hawks were to make the center available, hours later a report came out that there have been no recent talks between the two sides.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, as of late Wednesday, the Celtics have had “no recent talks” with the Hawks regarding Horford. Bulpett said the issue with Horford is the Celtics aren’t willing to pay him big money once he becomes a free agent after this season.

The NBA trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Jackie MacMullan on OM&F: ‘Danny [Ainge] is going to make another run at Kevin Love’ 02.17.16 at 2:09 pm ET
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ESPN NBA analyst Jackie MacMullan checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming NBA trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

MacMullan feels the Celtics and Danny Ainge will make another run at Kevin Love. She feels Love has gotten a “raw deal” in Cleveland, but ultimately she doesn’t think Love will be dealt because of where the Cavaliers are at in the standings.

“I do believe that Danny is going to make another run at Kevin Love because we know that he’s coveted Love all along,” MacMullan said. “The one thing that I think is interesting about Love, everybody is down on him — well, he stretches the floor, which we know Brad Stevens likes, right? Well, he can’t defend and I don’t know how you guys feel about real plus/minus, I tend to be a fan and I am sure the Celtics have things that are much more sophisticated than what we use at ESPN for real plus/minus, but just for the heck of it, I looked it up this morning on Kevin Love. He’s 12th overall in the league. That is pretty good.

“His defensive numbers right now — his defensive plus/minus is better than his offensive plus/minus. I think Kevin Love gets a raw deal when it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers and maybe why they aren’t performing maybe as well as they should. In fact, we know Kyrie Irving is coming off some pretty severe injuries, look at his numbers, they are horrible. His defensive real plus/minus is minus 3.22. The only point guard who plays significantly in the league that is worse are guys like Brandon Knight and actually Derek Rose. I think Kevin Love gets a raw deal.

“I would be thrilled if the Celtics could bring Kevin Love here, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. If I am Cleveland, I’m the best team in the East and we all know every team — Golden State, San Antonio, they are one injury away from being vulnerable, I’m standing pat for the most part.”

To hear the complete interview, check it out below.

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Report: Celtics called Clippers about Blake Griffin 02.16.16 at 11:42 am ET
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Will the Celtics make a huge move at the trade deadline?

According to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, the Celtics have been one of a number of teams to call the Clippers about Blake Griffin. But, Bulpett adds while the Clippers are listening, they have no real intention of moving him.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke with Bulpett about the team’s goals as Thursday’s deadline approaches. It appears the Celtics are looking at the big picture.

“When I’€™m looking at players out there, I’€™m looking at players that can make a big difference,” Ainge said to Bulpett. “Not players that can win us two games or anything like that. That’€™s not my objective.

“€œOur objective is not to keep us in the No. 3 seed in the East and maybe move up a bit, other than that’€™s our players’€™ objective and that’€™s our coaches’€™ objective. I think those are amazing goals, and it’€™s been fun watching this team compete and beating some of the good teams along the way. But our objective is to put together a team that can compete for championships.

“Listen, we’€™re just a few games from being at seven or eight, and it wasn’€™t too long ago that we were the ninth seed in the East. So, no, I don’€™t pay that much attention to the standings. I look more at how we’€™re playing and where our holes are and what we need to do.”

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Celtics reportedly have ‘recoiled’ at Rockets’ asking price for Dwight Howard 02.16.16 at 11:08 am ET
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The Celtics may still be interested in Rockets center Dwight Howard.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics have “recoiled” at paying a price that the Rockets would find acceptable. Lowe notes Howard wants a max deal that would start at $30 million per season, which the Celtics would likely be able to do.

The report adds the Rockets have been making calls on him for two weeks, but there has been no interest thus far.

As for current Celtics players potentially being traded at the deadline, Lowe says to keep an eye on Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller since they are set to become restricted free agents.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday and it would appear there will be many more rumors between now and then.

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