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Rajon Rondo to talk with Danny Ainge about failing to accompany team to Sacramento 02.25.14 at 2:34 pm ET
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Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was not scheduled to play in Saturday’s game against the Kings in Sacramento — the second night of a back-to-back that started with a game against the Lakers — but he apparently did not have the team’s permission to stay in Los Angeles rather than accompany the team on its flight north.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported that Rondo stayed in Los Angeles to celebrate his 28th birthday with family, and that he might have assumed he didn’t need to fly with the team as he had been left home rather than make a trip to Milwaukee for a Feb. 10 game that was the second of a back-to-back.

Rondo implied that the matter was settled, telling the Herald: “We already talked about it. There’s nothing to talk about.”

However, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge did not sound as convinced.

“I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” Ainge told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.”

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NBA trade deadline roundup: Celtics quiet; Andre Miller reportedly headed to Wizards 02.20.14 at 1:39 pm ET
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While the Celtics reportedly are not in the mix for any trades before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline, there have been a number of minor deals.

 

Veteran point guard Andre Miller is being traded from the Nuggets to the Wizards in a three-team deal, according to multiple reports.

The Wizards reportedly are sending forward Jan Vesely to Denver and guard Eric Maynor to the 76ers. Philadelphia also picks up a pair of second-round draft picks.

Miller has not played since being suspended by the team Jan. 2 following an incident with coach Brian Shaw. The 37-year-old is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 19.0 minutes over 30 games.

Vesely, 23, is averaging 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.2 minutes over 33 games. The 7-footer was the sixth overall pick by the Wizards in 2011.

Maynor, 26, scores 2.3 points per game in limited action.

— The Bobcats acquired guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour from the Bucks in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien, according to reports.

The Bobcats were said to have been pursuing Neal for some time while dangling Sessions, but Ridnour needed to be included to make the money work.

Neal, 29, is averaging 10.0 points in 20.2 minutes over 30 games this season. He was signed in the offseason after three years with the Spurs but has been unable to cement a spot in Milwaukee’s rotation. Ridnour, 33, averages 5.7 points and 3.4 assists in 21.2 minutes over 36 games for the league-worst Bucks.

The 27-year-old Sessions, in his seventh NBA season, is averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 assists in 23.7 minutes over 55 games.

Adrien, 28, from Brookline and UConn, is averaging 2.3 points in limited action.

— The Heat sent forward Roger Mason Jr. and cash to the Kings for a protected second-round draft pick, apparently to open up a roster spot in case of an appealing free agent option next week.

Mason, who averaged 3.0 points in 25 games, is expected to be waived by the Kings.

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NBA trade deadline roundup: 76ers reportedly send Spencer Hawes to Cavaliers; Jason Terry heads to Kings 02.20.14 at 11:45 am ET
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The 76ers continued their trend of loading up on draft picks and weakening their current roster when they sent center Spencer Hawes to the Cavaliers on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Philadelphia reportedly will get two second-round draft picks and backup forward Earl Clark for Hawes, who is averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the final year of a deal that pays $6.6 million this season.

The 76ers have the second-worst record in the NBA at 15-40, leading only the Bucks (10-43). The Cavaliers are 22-33 and three games out of a playoff spot in the embarrassingly bad Eastern Conference.

Jason Terry is on the move again. The veteran guard, traded along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics to the Nets in the offseason, was sent to the Kings along with Reggie Evans for guard Marcus Thornton.

Terry, 36, is averaging a career-worst 4.5 points and 1.5 assists while playing 16.3 minutes over 35 games this season. Evans, 33, is averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13.3 minutes over 30 games.

Thornton, 26, is averaging 8.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 24.4 minutes over 46 games. He makes $8.1 million this year and is due $8.6 million next season.

“Marcus is a proven scorer in this league,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. “He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt.”

— The Lakers and Warriors confirmed that guard Steve Blake is headed to Golden State for backup guards Kent Bazemore and former Celtic Marshon Brooks.

“The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. “He’s had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball. On the other hand, we thank Kent and MarShon for their contributions to our team both on and off the court and wish them success as they enter the next stage of their careers.”

Blake, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season, heads to his seventh team in his 11-year career.

 

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Brad Stevens pays visit to former Butler player battling cancer 02.12.14 at 1:56 pm ET
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Celtics coach Brad Stevens took advantage of Tuesday’s off day to visit a former Butler player recovering from cancer treatment in Indiana.

Andrew Smith, who was on the teams that made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA championship game and graduated last year, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while playing professionally in Lithuania, according to the Indianapolis Star. He returned to his Indiana home to begin treatment.

 

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Celtics No. 4 in Forbes ranking of most valuable NBA franchises 01.22.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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The Celtics are worth $875 million and are the fourth-most valuable franchise in the NBA, according to the annual league list published by Forbes on Wednesday.

According to Forbes’ numbers, the C’s had $169 million in revenue over the past year, with $47 million in operating profit.

The Knicks, worth $1.4 billion, are ranked No. 1 for the second straight year. They earned a league-record profit of $96 million, a 27 percent jump from last year, as the three-year, $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden starts to pay off.

The Lakers rank second at $1.35 billion, earning $66 million last year, a 35 percent increase. The Bulls, who have led the league in attendance for four straight seasons, are third at $1 billion, up 25 percent.

The Nets, who moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, jumped from 14th two years ago ($357 million) to fifth ($780 million).

The rest of the top 10 consists of the Rockets ($775 million), Heat ($770 million), Mavericks ($765 million), Warriors ($750 million) and Spurs ($660 million).

The average franchise value is $634 million, up a whopping 25 percent from last year after profits averaged $23.7 million.

As for individual players, Forbes figures that Kobe Bryant earned $64.5 million in salary and endorsements to lead the way. LeBron James is next at $61 million, followed by Derrick Rose ($38.6 million, Kevin Durant ($31.8 million) and Dwyane Wade ($30.7 million). Rounding out the top 10 are Carmelo Anthony ($30.4 million), Amar’e Stoudemire ($28.2 million), Dwight Howard ($26.5 million), Dirk Nowitzki ($23.2 million) and Chris Paul ($22.7 million).

Celtics add D-League guard Vander Blue 01.22.14 at 8:00 am ET
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UDPATE, 12:10 p.m.: The Celtics confirmed the signing of Vander Blue to a 10-day contract to provide depth to a thin backcourt.

Blue received congratulations on his Twitter account and wrote: “God is amazing! I’m speechless right now … all it took was patience.”

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has been playing for the Delaware 87ers, a D-League affiliate of the 76ers. In four games, he’s averaging 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes.

Blue, a former Marquette star who went undrafted last June, was a late cut of the 76ers in training camp. He then signed to play in Israel but returned after just seven games there with Maccabi Rishon Le Zion.

While Rajon Rondo returned to the Celtics last week, he is on a minutes restriction. Avery Bradley left Tuesday’s loss to the Heat with a sprained right ankle. The only other true guard on the active roster is Phil Pressey.

Chris Johnson, a swingman signed to a 10-day contract on Friday, was pressed into duty Tuesday and played well in 24 minutes.

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Danny Ainge confirms Rajon Rondo’s return set for Friday 01.16.14 at 11:21 am ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed Thursday morning that Rajon Rondo is on schedule to make his first appearance of the season Friday night when the C’s host the Lakers.

“Unless there are any setbacks [Thursday], we’re anticipating him playing [Friday],” Ainge said in an interview with Boston radio station WBZ-FM, noting that the guard will be restricted to five minutes per quarter.

Rondo was placed on the active roster and in uniform for Wednesday’s win over the Raptors, but he did not enter the game.

Rondo has been out since tearing his ACL last January and having surgery.

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