|NBA offers ‘flex cap’||06.21.11 at 5:37 pm ET|
With the clock ticking toward the end of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NBA has come up with a modified proposal for the player’s union. The current agreement ends at midnight on June 30 and it is expected that the owners will lockout the players if there is no agreement.
The two sides met in New York on Tuesday. Here are the initial details of the owner’s proposal via Adrian Wojnarowksi’s Twitter feed:
- The league would guarantee no less than $2 billion in player salaries, which would represent a cut under the current agreement, but not as drastic as earlier projections.
- The proposed salary cap would be set as $62 million, an increase from last year’s $58 million number with some flexibility built in, including retaining Bird rights and the mid-level free agent exception.
- The league is also looking for a 10-year agreement.
The league is calling it a flex cap, similar to the NHL model. The player’s association has been adamant that they won’t accept a hard cap. This somewhere in between. The union is set to meet on Thursday with another meeting between the owners and players set for Friday in New York.
|What to do with Glen Davis||06.20.11 at 4:37 pm ET|
MEDFORD — Of all the Celtics free agents, perhaps the trickiest decision involves Glen Davis. On the one hand Davis is an unrestricted free agent and so the decision does not lie with the team alone. On the other, the Celtics are in desperate need of big bodies with only Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal under contract for next season.
In his fourth season with the team Davis emerged as a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate after averaging a career-high 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and playing almost 30 minutes a night. Davis was often on the floor at the end of games and seemed to have found himself in the perfect situation to utilize his unique skill-set. Yet things became complicated in the postseason when he averaged just 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 39 percent.
“I pride myself on playing good basketball, especially when you need it,” Davis said on Monday after a team-sponsored charity event. “Every postseason I’ve played tremendously good to the point where it was like, wow, and this [spring] it didn’t happen. Because I felt mentally I wasn’t ready and prepared enough for what was in front of me. It affected the way I played and that’s what I’ve been doing this offseason, concentrating on that and making sure postseasons like this don’t happen to me.”
In an interview with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan after the season, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he thought Davis was affected by his upcoming free agency. While acknowledging his own poor play, Davis also responded to Rivers. “I know Doc talks a lot. I don’t pay attention to that,” Davis said. “That’s what he does. That’s Doc. He loves to talk.”
Davis said that he has thought about leaving Boston, but that ultimately he wants to be in a position where he can be himself.
“I can’t perform the way I need to perform if I’m not Glen Davis,” he said. “I need to be in a situation where I can be Glen Davis. If it’s here with the Celtics or with somebody else. I just want to make sure I’m Glen Davis.”
Asked if he could be “Glen Davis” in Boston, he said, “It just depends on the system, the people who are around the system. Who’s going to let Glen Davis be Glen Davis, not make Glen Davis something that they think he should be. Glen Davis is Glen Davis. Everyone knows who Glen Davis is. You’ve seen Glen Davis play the game like it’s supposed to be played.”
On the surface there doesn’t appear to be much hope for Davis to remain with the Celtics. After the team was eliminated in Miami, he said that he wanted the chance to be a starter. That’s not happening with the Celtics, at least not with Garnett here for at least one more season.
But once you cut through the rhetoric — and the third person — the Celtics are still the right fit for Davis and he is for them. The Celtics need someone to back-up Garnett and O’Neal and there’s 30 minutes and 10 shots a night for that someone. His name may not be called in pregame introductions, but those are starter’s minutes and the Celtics gave him a starter’s responsibility by having him close games.
A new labor agreement will help clarify matters for both Davis and the Celtics. Under the old rules, the Celtics would have been able to use their Bird rights to make him a strong offer. If those rights are modified (or even eliminated) under a new collective bargaining agreement, then the team may have no choice but to let him walk. By the same token if the league adopts a harder salary cap, Davis may not find the opportunity to go anywhere else.
“You don’t know,” Davis said. “You don’t like that feeling but at the same time you just got to wait it out be humble, be patient, just wait. It’s not under my control.”
Davis was in Medford as part of a charitable effort by the Celtics and RE/MAX of New England called the home court makeover. Three families were awarded a driveway and court resealing, a new basket stanchion, backboard, scoreboard and a ball rack. (Disclosure: I was part of the committee that picked the winning entries.)
First up was the Donlan family, nominated by its 18-year-old cousin Timothy Stevens, who is confined to a wheelchair. Davis played one-on-one with the kids and then conducted a free basketball clinic at the Medford Boys & Girls Club with Cedric Maxwell.
|Talking Hoops, Episode 7: Bethlehem Shoals||06.18.11 at 10:15 am ET|
On the latest version of the Talking Hoops WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery is joined by Bethlehem Shoals the founder of FreeDarko.com and co-author of The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History.
Flannery and Shoals put a wrap on the 2010-11 season by examining the Heat, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and NBA narratives, while also pondering the future of Rajon Rondo.
Listen here: Talking Hoops, Episode 7
|Report: Lawrence Frank interviews with Pistons||06.16.11 at 2:05 pm ET|
When the season ended the Celtics expected assistant Lawrence Frank to land one of the available head coaching jobs in the offseason. Frank was passed over by the Warriors and Rockets but is still in contention for two jobs. Frank has been identified as one of the finalists in Toronto, along with Dallas assistant Dwane Casey.
Frank may also have a shot with the Pistons. ESPN’s Marc Stein cited sources that had Frank interviewing with Detroit on Wednesday. Former Hawks coach Mike Woodson has also interviewed and Bucks assistant Kevin Sampson is also expected to get an interview as is Casey.
|Podcast: Talking Hoops Ep. 6: The NBA Finals, draft, potential lockout and Shaq’s legacy||06.10.11 at 3:26 pm ET|
Episode 6 of the Talking Hoops podcast is now available! In this episode, I am joined by Howard Beck of the New York Times to talk about the NBA Finals, draft and potential lockout. I also chat with Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports about the 2011 NBA Draft. In addition to those great topics, we also talk about Shaq’s legacy and if the Boston Celtics are still NBA Championship contenders. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Hofstra G Charles Jenkins||06.09.11 at 4:53 pm ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Weight: 215 pounds
Stats: 22.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.4 apg
What he brings: Jenkins’ numbers are impressive — he’s a scoring machine who also made 42 percent of his 3-pointers — but take a closer look, as Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn did, and they tell an even better story. Jenkins was not only efficient in ISO situations, but also as a spot-up jump shooter. Essentially, he has an NBA-ready offensive game.
The negatives on Jenkins are that he played in a non-major conference, although the Colonial Athletic Association is better than most people think, and he’s on the smallish side for a combination guard. He’s also 22 years old. But in a draft that’s heavy on projection, Jenkins stands out for his production.
Where the Celtics could get him: First round
What they’re saying: “Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins is the sleeper of this draft. The 6-3 senior is regarded as one of the country’s best mid-major talents, and was the CAA’s Player of the Year for two straight seasons, but few were aware of just how dominant of a scorer he really was.” — Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated
Notes: Jenkins, who grew up in Queens, lists Pearl Washington as his favorite player. If he is drafted in the first round he will become the first New York City public school alum since former Celtic Sebastian Telfair to be taken in the first round.
|Lucas Nogueira highlights latest Celtic workout||06.07.11 at 4:05 pm ET|
The Celtics had 11 players in for pre-draft workouts on Tuesday in Waltham including 7-foot Brazilian Lucas Nogueira, who is a first round prospect. Nogueira is a project, but at 18 years of age he is an intriguing one.
Other players in the workout included: Demontez Stitt, Kevin Anderson, Joffrey Lauvergne, Brad Wanamaker, Diante Garrett, David Lighty, Delroy James, Chaisson Allen, Cory Joseph and Terrence Jennings.
Stitt, Anderson and Jennings all worked out with the team on Monday, as well. Lighty, a forward from Ohio State and Joseph, a guard from Texas are both predicted to be second round picks.