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Celtics great Bill Sharman dies at age 87 10.25.13 at 2:33 pm ET
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Celtics great Bill Sharman has died at age 87, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sharman suffered a stroke last week and died at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Friday, his wife Joyce told the paper.

Sharman played for the Celtics from 1951 to 1961, combining with Bob Cousy to form the backcourt of the franchise’s first four championship teams. Sharman was an NBA All-Star every year from 1953 to 1960, and he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976. His No. 21 was retired by the Celtics in 1966.

Sharman went on to coach the San Francisco Warriors from 1966 to 1968 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1971 to 1976. In his first season with the Lakers, he led the team to its first NBA title in Los Angeles. The year before, he led the Utah Stars to an ABA championship.

Sharman was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach in 2004, making him one of just three people (along with John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens) to be enshrined as both a player and coach. He is credited with being the first coach to implement morning shootarounds.

Sharman was also a gifted baseball player, having been drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. He was briefly called up to the majors in 1951 and played in the minors for five seasons before shifting his focus to basketball full-time.

Avery Bradley already dishing out more assists 08.22.13 at 10:30 am ET
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Celtics guard Avery Bradley led a Celtics CommUNITY volunteer effort that filled more than 400 bags of clothing, shoes and toys for children in need on behalf of the Cradles to Crayons organization.

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.

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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.

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