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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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Report: Celtics close to dealing Jordan Crawford 01.15.14 at 11:07 am ET
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Jordan Crawford, who has had somewhat of a career resurgence with the Celtics this season after being moved to point guard, might soon have to make a fresh start. According to a tweet from veteran NBA reporter Peter Vescey, the Celtics are close to moving Crawford, with the Nets, Clippers, Sun, Rockets and Warriors showing interest. (The league told the Celtics they can’t deal directly with the Clippers for one year following the Doc Rivers deal, but there is speculation that they might be able to work around it, perhaps with the inclusion of a third team.)

With Rajon Rondo expected back for Friday’s game against the Lakers, Crawford became obvious trade bait.

Crawford, 25, is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists per game.

Benched by the Wizards midway through the 2012-13 season and then acquired by the Celtics, Crawford got an opportunity to start under new coach Brad Stevens this season, following the offseason roster overhaul and with the absence of Rondo.

Crawford turned some heads with his early season play, and he peaked in early December, when he averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists in a 3-0 week that earned him Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. However, his shooting percentages have substantially declined and his turnovers have increased since that time.

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Knicks reportedly holding out hope to acquire Rajon Rondo 12.26.13 at 9:25 am ET
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Reports emerged earlier this season that the Knicks were interested in injured Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony allegedly trying to talk Rondo into making the move to New York when his contract with the C’s expires after next season.

Now, an ESPN report indicates the desperate Knicks are hoping to acquire Rondo even earlier. The team is said to be hoping Rondo will follow the path Anthony took out of Denver in 2011, when he forced a trade to the Knicks by refusing to sign an extension.

Of course, the Knicks still would need to have something reasonable to present to Boston. A rumor in November had New York considering offering a subpar package of Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire. At that time, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge insisted: “I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo.”

Rondo recently started practicing with the Celtics as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered in January, but he said last week that he might not return in January, as had been speculated.

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