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Celtics announce Butler’s Brad Stevens to become new coach, replacing Doc Rivers 07.03.13 at 5:57 pm ET
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The Celtics announced they have hired Butler’s Brad Stevens to be their next coach, replacing Doc Rivers.

Stevens will be introduced at a press conference Friday at 11 a.m.

The following is the press release sent out by the team:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have come to an agreement with Brad Stevens to be the 17th head coach of the team. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

Stevens, age 36, has served for the past six years as the head coach of Butler University men’€™s basketball team, never winning fewer than 22 games and leading the Bulldogs to two national championship games against Duke and Connecticut. His career win percentage is .772, including a 33-5 season in 2009-10. He was also the youngest coach to reach the Final Four since Bob Knight in 1973.

A native of Zionsville, Ind., Stevens was a three-time academic All-America nominee while earning four varsity letters at DePauw University, before graduating with a degree in economics. He later joined the Butler University program as the coordinator of basketball operations under then-coach Thad Matta, before being named head coach in 2007.

“Brad and I share a lot of the same values,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. “Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18.”

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Report: Celtics front-runners to sign Italian forward Gigi Datome 06.30.13 at 7:34 am ET
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According to Sportando.net, the Celtics and Grizzlies are the two teams most interested in signing Italian forward Gigi Datome, with the general manager of the player’s Virtus Roma team stating that the Celts are the “front-runners to sign him.”

The 25-year-old Datome is coming off the best season of his career, having been named Serie A Regular Season MVP after averaging 16.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

(Here is Datome’s Twitter account, although you better have Google translator at the ready.)

Reports: Mavericks interested in trading for Rajon Rondo 06.29.13 at 5:01 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Mavericks have contacted the Celtics about possibly trading for Rajon Rondo.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the Mavericks would “love having Rajon Rondo to chase (free agent) Dwight Howard” but Dallas would require the Celtics to take multiple contracts off the Mavs’ books.

The Mavericks drafted Miami point guard Shane Larkin, whom the Celtics reportedly had interest in prior to the draft.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that despite Rondo’s ACL surgery, the Celtics’ asking price for the point guard remains steep. Rondo turns 28 in February.

For more Celtics coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/celtics.

Reports: Celtics, Nets agree on multiplayer swap that would send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Brooklyn 06.27.13 at 11:01 pm ET
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A blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics to the Nets in exchange for a multitude of draft picks and several players has been agreed upon by both teams, according to multiple reports late Thursday night.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Nets would get Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry, while Brooklyn will send three first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) to the Celtics, along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans (via sign-and-trade).

The move caps off an eventful week for the Celtics, who also saw longtime coach Doc Rivers depart for the Clippers.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the final piece of the puzzle came when Garnett waived his no-trade clause after Brooklyn agreed to guarantee the $12 million owed him for the 2014-15 season, the final year of a three-year deal. (The Nets could have bought out Garnett for $6 million.) Yahoo! also reports that the trade can’t be made official by the NBA until July 10.

Reportedly, the Celtics also discussed potential Garnett and Pierce trades with the Warriors and Mavericks.

The deal officially ends the Big Three era in Boston. Garnett and Ray Allen (who left last offseason for Miami as a free agent) were brought to Boston in the summer of 2007 to join with Pierce, a longtime Celtic who was drafted by Boston in 1998. Alongside guard Rajon Rondo, the nucleus of the team delivered the 17th championship in franchise history the following June, defeating the Lakers for the NBA title.

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Doc Rivers to Clippers official; Celtics to hold press conference at 6:30 06.25.13 at 5:38 pm ET
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The Celtics made the conclusion of a long coaching saga official, announcing that the team had permitted Doc Rivers to walk away from the final three years (and $21 million) of his deal to coach the Clippers in exchange for a future first-round pick. Celtics GM Danny Ainge will address the media in a press conference at the team’s practice facility in Waltham at 6:30 p.m.

According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (via twitter), the deal prohibits any player trades between the Celtics and Clippers until after the 2013-14 season — something that would prevent the C’s from dealing Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce directly to the Clippers.

A mom’s NBA draft diary: Michael Carter-Williams visits Dallas, New Orleans, OKC as draft approaches 06.21.13 at 12:46 pm ET
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Hamilton resident Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, the mother of Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams and the girls basketball coach at Ipswich High School, is chronicling the days leading up to the June 28 NBA draft through blog entries for WEEI.com. Carter-Williams, who prepped at Hamilton-Wenham High School and Rhode Island’€™s St. Andrews School before spending two seasons at Syracuse, is projected to be a lottery pick.

When I started to write this, there were 10 days until the draft. Between my twins’ last week of school and all the eighth-grade events that go with it and dealing with our insurance company for the fire, my week got a little crazy!

Michael went from Sacramento to Dallas. He arrived in Dallas on the 12th. Jeff [Schwartz], his agent, sends him a full itinerary for each trip via email. Michael just has to follow the instructions and be on time. I had a feeling Michael was going to like Dallas, and he did. He liked everything about it. The people, the coach, the GM, the facility and his stay. It felt good. He played well. He was very happy with his workout and enjoyed dinner after with the coach and GM. I think Dallas would be a great fit. The Mavericks need a point guard, it is a terrific marketing venue and they have won there. Joining a franchise that has won presents different opportunities than a team that is building.

It is tough to spend your first years on a team that has lost a lot. The fans are edgy waiting for wins and the team attitude can be overcome with frustration. Losing over 50 percent of your games when you play 82 games makes for a long season.

The Orlando Magic lost 62 games this year. It has to be very hard for a rookie to manage proving himself to a team, moving to a new city and learning to live as a young adult on your own. Then add losing a lot of games and the stress that comes with that, and life in the NBA can quickly become overwhelming. Many players are asked if they would rather go later in the draft to a team with a winning record or go high in the lottery to a team that has lost a lot. If you go high in the lottery, you make a lot more money your first two to three years and you play on a team that has lost a lot of games and needs to win. Playing on a losing team, unless you are the type of player who really does not care about winning, takes the fun out of your job.

I spoke to a player who played on a team that was in the lottery last year and is in the lottery again this year. For those of you who don’t know, that means that this team’s record finished in the bottom 14 of all NBA teams. That is a lot of losing in two years. He was a rookie last year. I asked him if he was enjoying himself. Without hesitation he said he would prefer to be back in college and the only thing he enjoys are Thursdays. Thursdays are payday. Now, to be fair, I asked him at the end of the season. After that conversation, reality hit that the NBA is a job whether you are winning or losing. You can’t pick the team that you go to, but we can hope that Michael lands on a team that is a good fit.

What makes a good fit? I really can’t completely answer that. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out where he should go. Some teams have a new coach, new GM and even new owners. I think it may be tough for a rookie to walk into a new system, but it could also turn out great if everyone meshes right away. Michael is great in the open court, so it would be nice if he was with a team that likes to run. Coaches all have a style of play, and a coach that likes to push the ball would be good for Michael.

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Podcast: LeBron’s legacy and a Celtics circus 06.21.13 at 11:32 am ET
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Former WEEI.com Celtics beat writer and current SB Nation NBA columnist Paul Flannery joined Ben Rohrbach on the Green Street podcast to discuss the legacies of LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Boston’s latest Big 3 era — all amidst a legendary NBA Finals and a C’s circus involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.

To listen to the podcast, check out WEEI’s audio on demand page here or download it on iTunes here.

Also, don’t miss Flannery’s fantastic Game 7 column from Thursday night and follow him on Twitter @Pflanns.

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