|Celtics lock up Davis, Williams||08.10.09 at 9:35 pm ET|
By GREG CAMERON
To paraphrase from a certain restaurant chain’s commercial campaign, the Boston Celtics got their baby back.
The Celtics announced that the club has re-signed forward Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis. Terms of the deal were not announced by the club, but WEEI.com and FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman reports that the two-year deal is worth approximately $6.3 million.
Davis provided the Celtics with much-needed front-court help in the wake of Kevin Garnett‘s season-ending knee injury last year. As a starter for all of the 2009 postseason the Louisiana native averaged 15.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.
Davis told reporters that he was frustrated a few times this summer with how free agency had been going for him, despite interest from a handful of teams. However as evidenced by yesterday’s press conference, both Ainge and Davis are elated to have the 6′9′ forward back in the fold with the Celtics.
‘Glen has been a big part of our team’s success over the last two years, and we are very excited to have him back,’ Ainge told reporters. ‘He’s young and energetic and we want him to be a part of our team for years to come.’
‘I’ll be ready to go out and play, do whatever it takes,’ Davis said to reporters.
From looking at Celtics GM Danny Ainge’s other moves this offseason, the lack of bench depth behind Garnett and center Kendrick Perkins was clearly the top priority of the club. To start the team’s search for quality front-court depth, the Celtics signed All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace last month a two-year deal using the team’s mid-level exception.
In addition to announcing that Davis will be back with the Celtics for the 2009-10 season, the Celtics officially announced the signing of forward Shelden Williams to a veteran minimum one-year deal worth close to $1.3 million. Williams was a star collegiate player during a sucessful four-year career at storied Duke University.
After graduating in 2006, Williams made his mark on the illustrious program’s record books as Duke’s leading rebounder and shot-blocker. That collegiate success led Williams to be drafted fifth overall in that June’s draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Since draft night, Williams has bounced around the league considerably playing for Atlanta, Sacramento, and Minnesota before signing with the Celtics this summer. However, the former collegiate phenom has not seen the same success in the professional ranks that he did playing for Hall-Of-Fame coach Mike Kryzyzewski.
‘Shelden has proven he can defend and rebound,’ Ainge said to reporters. ‘Offensively he hasn’t come around as well, but it’s about getting an opportunity in this league.’
Williams has averaged 4.7 points per game for his career thus far in addition to 4.2 rebounds per game. Those numbers pale in comparison from the 18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds a night he averaged as a Duke senior during the 2005-2006 campaign.
With this summer’s signings, Danny Ainge is very excited about how the shape his team is taking. The Celtic GM even recalled a very formidable front-court lineup from the Celtics’ rich and illustrious history
‘We feel we have a really good front court, maybe the best we’ve had since Bird, Parish, McHale, Wegman and Walton,’ Ainge said to reporters. ‘Probably since that era, it’s the best front line we’ve had.’
It was sort of fitting that both Davis and Williams shared the stage at today’s press conference, after just over three years since both players squared off at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Williams was a powerhouse for the Blue Devils that night as he put up 23 points and 13 rebounds.
However, Davis’s LSU Tigers got the best of their top-seeded opponents in a low scoring affair on March 23, 2006. LSU defeated Duke that night 62-64, earning them a berth to the tournament’s Elite Eight. Davis and his LSU cohorts also reached the Final Four that March.
|Official Press Release: Celtics Re-Sign Glen Davis||08.10.09 at 1:55 pm ET|
‘Glen has been a big part of our success for the past two years and we are very excited to have him back,’ said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
Davis, a 6′9′, 289 lbs, forward has spent two seasons with the Celtics and had a breakout 2008-09 season in which he averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The former LSU Tiger continued his breakout campaign in the 2009 playoffs during which he averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Davis made 16 starts during the 2008-09 regular season and averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 33.0 minutes per game. ‘Big Baby’ scored a career-high 24 points against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 21, 2009. Davis also hit the biggest shot of his career to date when he nailed a game-winning jumper against the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to send the series back to Boston tied 2-2. During the First Round of the 2009 playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, Davis averaged 18.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.
|Sources: Davis deal worth two years, approximately $6 million||08.10.09 at 11:32 am ET|
According to Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com, Glen Davis has agreed to a two-year deal that will pay him approximately $6 million. Goodman reports that Davis had fielded some interest from teams in the offseason, but no one put forth an offer to the restricted free agent. Davis, 23, averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in the postseason while playing more than 36 minutes per contest. During the regular season he put up seven points and four boards per game. The Celtics will announce the Davis deal and an agreement with forward Shelden Williams Monday.
|Celtics sign Shelden Williams||08.07.09 at 7:54 pm ET|
On Friday the Boston Celtics announced the signing of forward Shelden Williams. Terms were not disclosed per team policy but had previously been reported to be a guaranteed one-year deal with $1.3 million. Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the fifth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his career.
The Celtics have yet to reach an agreement with restricted free agent forward Glen Davis. Earlier this week Davis told WEEI.com’s Jeff Goodman, “I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s still too early to tell. We’ve still got a long ways to go as far as negotiating with the Celtics.”
|Magic’s Lewis suspended for 10 games||08.06.09 at 4:49 pm ET|
Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis will be suspended for the first 10 games of the 2009-10 season without pay for failing a league drug test, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Lewis tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a testosterone-producing steroid. The Sentinel reported it is common in several over-the-counter supplements but it banned by the NBA.
The Sentinel published the following statement from Lewis:
“First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty. Toward the end of the season I took an over-the-counter supplement which at the time I did not realize included a substance banned by the NBA. I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment. I hope this unintentional mistake will not reflect poorly on our team and its great character. I hope every athlete can learn from my mistake that supplements, no matter how innocent they seem, should only be taken after consulting an expert in the field.”
Lewis averaged 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds against the Celtics in the 2009 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
|Celtics preseason schedule announced||08.06.09 at 2:29 pm ET|
On Thursday the Boston Celtics released their preseason schedule for the 2009-10 season:
October 7 @ Houston Rockets
Dodge Arena (Hidalgo, TX)
8:30 p.m. ET
October 9 vs. New York Knicks
TD Garden (Boston, MA)
7:30 p.m. ET
October 11 vs. New Jersey Nets
TD Garden (Boston, MA)
1:00 p.m. ET
October 13 @ New Jersey Nets
Prudential Center (Newark, NJ)
7:00 p.m. ET
October 14 vs. Toronto Raptors
XL Center (Hartford, CT)
7:30 p.m. ET
October 18 @ Toronto Raptors
Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)
3:30 p.m. ET
October 20 @ New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
7:30 p.m. ET
October 21 @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Value City Arena (Columbus, OH)
7:00 p.m. ET
|Walker, Giddens, Hudson team up to give back||08.06.09 at 10:39 am ET|
This week Bill Walker teamed up with J.R. Giddens and rookie Lester Hudson to help out 400 Boston families in need at the Feed the Children Event in Mattapan. The three Celtics and a group of 20 volunteers handed out $45,000 worth of non-perishable food items and personal items, including pasta, canned goods, body wash, and laundry detergent, at the Mildred Avenue School and Community Center.
Each family, pre-selected by Horizons for Homeless Children, Children’s Hospital Boston Community Health Center, MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), and Boston Centers for Youth and Families, received three boxes.
Prior to the event, the players and volunteers unloaded 1,200 boxes from a packed 18-wheeler that had been driven from New York to Boston. They also placed boxes in the families’ cars once they arrived.
Walker and Hudson took time out for autographs and photos during the event. For more information on the Celtics community involvement, read about the Shamrock Foundation at www.celtics.com. Check out more photos with the link below.