|Report: James wooing Allen?||07.01.10 at 12:12 am ET|
Stemming from an original report in the New York Daily News that James reached out to a free agent to join the trio on a ‘Dream Team,’ Jorge Sedano of the Miami Herald writes:
‘I’ve come across a source who has told me that free agent player could be Ray Allen. The source tells me that Allen has spoken to James and his preference is to remain with the Celtics, but that’s predicated on Paul Pierce remaining with the team. The money is not a huge factor. Winning more championships is the most important factor.’
Although the report did not specify which team James was referring to, the rumor mill has been buzzing for weeks about James, Wade, and Bosh signing together with the Heat.
For Allen, who turns 35 in July, he doesn’t just play basketball for the sake of it. He plays to win. But there is more to his free agency than just aligning himself with the hottest megastars for a shot at a title.
Allen likes playing in Boston and believes the C’s could have a chance to win it all next season should they return their core players. The fact that Doc Rivers is returning to the sidelines will also be a draw.
There is an off-the-court side to it as well. Allen’s young son is battling juvenile diabetes. He was hospitalized less than a month ago during the NBA finals. Being in Boston affords Allen the proximity to some of the best diabetic care in the country.
“I’ll deal with that when the time comes, but it’s obvious that I don’t want to be anywhere else,” Allen said of free agency following the Celtics Game 7 loss in the finals.
After the clock struck 12:01am on July 1, the time is here.
|Report: Del Negro on Celtics ‘short list’||06.29.10 at 9:01 am ET|
As the Celtics await a decision from Doc Rivers on whether he will return to the sidelines next season, there has been relatively little chatter on potential replacements should he choose to step away.
One possibility is Vinny Del Negro, according to CBSSports.com. The former Bulls coach and Springfield, MA native is reportedly on the Celtics radar should Rivers leave:
“Still no word from Celtics coach Doc Rivers to some of his closest confidants as to whether he will be back on the Boston bench next season. Vinny Del Negro, who along with Dwane Casey is a finalist for the Clippers job, is on the Celtics’ short list of candidates to replace Rivers if he steps down to spend more time with his family.”
Del Negro coached the Bulls for two seasons before being fired in May. He accumulated an 82-82 regular season record and 4-8 in the postseason, including a seven-game first round series against the Celtics in 2009. The Bulls were eliminated by the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the first round this season.
Last Thursday Rivers said he was looking to make a decision this week and is still weighing the options between his personal and professional life.
‘It’s a tough one and it’s a serious one for me,’ Rivers said on Draft Night. ‘Either way. Let’s just wait and we’ll figure it out soon.’
|Will Gomes be on the market?||06.27.10 at 11:41 pm ET|
Former Celtic Ryan Gomes was traded from the Timberwolves to the Trail Blazers on Draft Night. But the Trail Blazers may release Gomes for financial reasons, according to the Oregonian, which would add him to the free agent market:
Team president Larry Miller said the Blazers will probably release newly acquired forward Ryan Gomes in order to avoid taking on the remaining three seasons of his contract.
The team has until Tuesday to make a decision, but Miller said he has already told Gomes’ agent not to fly him to Portland.
Gomes was drafted by the Celtics in 2005 and has remained a fan favorite in Boston since being sent to Minnesota as part of the Kevin Garnett deal. He has expanded his game to the perimeter since his departure, and shot 37 percent from 3-point range over the past two seasons.
Even though Gomes does not fill the Celtics resounding void down low, he could be a player to watch depending on how free agency shakes out. While there have been no reports that he is on the C’s radar, he is a quality player worth a look should he be added to the free agent market.
|Report: Celtics targeting Miller||06.27.10 at 11:04 pm ET|
The C’s are in need of a big man this summer after the future of their front court was left in question at the end of the season. It is unknown when Kendrick Perkins, who suffered a knee injury in Game 6 of the NBA finals, will be able to play again. Last week Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald Perkins may have suffered an ACL tear, and more will be known after his surgery. The retirement of Rasheed Wallace also leaves a void down low.
At seven feet tall, Miller’s size and veteran experience could be a fit on the Celtics. He is entering his 13th season with proven minutes behind him on the court. Miller appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Bulls last season and started in 37. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds as a starter.
The Celtics have their midlevel exception available to sign the 34-year-old Miller, who has the versatility to play the power forward and center positions. Several contenders are expected to pursue Miller, but sources say the chance to play for the defending Eastern Conference champions has significant appeal to him.
The two-time All-Star also has eight seasons of playoff experience. His most memorable postseason moment among Celtics fans came during the first round of the 2009 playoffs. Miller was fouled by Rajon Rondo late in Game 5 and missed a pair of potential game-tying free throws with two seconds left in overtime. The Celtics went on to win the game, and the hard foul between Miller and Rondo exemplified the intensity of the series.
|Celtics draft Harangody at pick 52||06.24.10 at 11:35 pm ET|
The Celtics selected Luke Harangody with the 52th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Here’s more on the newest member of the C’s:
Weight: 246 pounds
College: Notre Dame
Years in College: Four
Birthdate: January 2, 1988
Immediate upside: The big man can score and create his own shot at the basket
Needs to improve: Athleticism and lateral defense
Stats: averaged 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in his final season at Notre Dame. He shot 48.1 percent from the field and 78.7 percent from the free throw line.
|Celtics draft Avery Bradley||06.24.10 at 9:29 pm ET|
Weight: 180 pounds
College: University of Texas
Years in College: One
Birthdate: November 26, 1990
Immediate upside: Quick, tough defender who will fit into Celtics defensive-savvy system
Needs to improve: Point guard skills, free throw shooting
Stats: Bradley averaged 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in his first (and only) season. He shot 43.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
|Report: Wallace decides to retire||06.24.10 at 8:16 pm ET|
Rasheed Wallace has officially decided to retire, TNT’s David Aldridge reported on Thursday night, citing a league source. The decision was expected following the Celtics‘ Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals. After the game, Doc Rivers said, “I don’t know if Rasheed will ever play again. He’s one of them. I think he took that out on the floor with him.” Wallace had $12 million and two years left on his contract, which he signed last summer.
Wallace most recently averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds during the finals, including a Game 7 start. It was a bounceback from an inconsistent regular season in which he posted 9.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 28.3 percent from 3-point range in 79 games.
Wallace was selected by the Bullets with the fourth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He earned four All-Star selections and won a championship in 2004 with the Pistons. Wallace ranked sixth in games played among all active players.