|Rondo to try out for USA 2010 World Championships team||07.12.10 at 11:20 am ET|
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be added to the Team USA tryout roster for the 2010 World Championships. Rondo had asked to be left off the roster because of a family commitment, but he appears to have changed his summer plans. He will join 21 other players who will be fighting for a roster spot when they attend the team’s July 20-24 training camp in Las Vegas.
“We got confirmation [Saturday night] that Rondo will come,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told AOL FanHouse. “We’re very pleased to have Rondo with us. He’s very enthusiastic [about representing Team USA]. We feel very comfortable with where we’re at.”
The only player to be guaranteed a spot thus far is Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Rondo will have some stiff competition at the point guard position as he goes up against Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry as well as the two most recent Rookies of the Year in Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose.
The entire roster from the gold medal team at the 2008 Olympics, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard, will not be participating this time around for a variety of reasons, ranging from injuries to a hectic summer schedule.
The roster needs to be trimmed to 12 by Aug. 26 for the start of the event in Turkey.
|Report: Kwame Brown not expected to sign with C’s||07.12.10 at 11:17 am ET|
The Celtics will need to continue their pursuit of a frontcourt player for the bench as CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely is reporting that free agent target Kwame Brown will most likely take his services elsewhere next season. The biggest concern appears to be money as the C’s can’t offer anything over the veteran’s minimum to Brown, who averaged just 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while earning $4 million last season as a member of the Pistons. He has been considered one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history after being selected first in the 2001 draft by the Wizards and averaging double digits in points in just one of his nine NBA seasons, but he impressed Doc Rivers at a recent workout, leading Rivers to say, “I wouldn’t mind having him on our team, I can tell you that. He could help us.”
|Report: No collusion probe by Cavs or Raptors||07.12.10 at 9:46 am ET|
The Cavaliers and Raptors will not request an investigation by the NBA to look into if there was any collusion prior to the two teams losing superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh, respectively, to the Heat this offseason, according to an ESPN.com report. NBA commissioner David Stern had previously mentioned that if the two teams wanted such a probe, the league would be obligated to follow through with one.
There had been rumors of collusion among the players involved as well as Dwyane Wade after the trio reportedly met for a free agent summit before the market opened on July 1. However, the league has decided that individual players cannot be charged with tampering in the same manner as teams can unless it is apparent that the player is working directly under the orders of team management.
The two teams had separate reasons for not requesting the probe. One Cavs official told ESPN.com that the team just wants to move on after the wake of “The Decision” and try to focus all of its efforts on its future without James. Toronto decided that it would rather let the league decide matters such as these, according to the report.
|Tony Allen’s mom: ‘I’m sure he hates to leave’||07.12.10 at 9:22 am ET|
After the news came out that Tony Allen would be signing a free agent deal with Memphis, Allen’s mother, Ella Allen, told the Boston Herald, “He is definitely going to miss the Celtics ‘ it’s a great team with great people. I know he is going to miss his friends. He really liked those guys. I’m sure he hates to leave.’ She also explained in the article that she believed her son would stay in Boston, adding, ‘I am very surprised, but my son makes his own decisions, and I support him 100 percent.” But she did recognize the business side of the signing when she told the Herald, “They raised him. But sometimes change is good. It’s a business, and he just had to do what he had to do.”
|Reports: Barbosa traded to Toronto, off Celtics’ radar||07.12.10 at 9:18 am ET|
The Celtics will have to look elsewhere as they try to reload their bench for another run at the NBA finals next seasons after multiple reports have Suns guard Leandro Barbosa being traded to the Raptors as part of a three-player deal that would send swingman Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix. Barbosa had been rumored as a potential trade target for the C’s this offseason, but that appears to be off the table now. Barbosa averaged 9.5 points as a backup last season and could have replaced the recently departed Tony Allen as the first guard off the Boston bench. Instead, the Celtics will now need to lure in other trade partners to fill that role, using the not-yet-retired Rasheed Wallace‘s contract as bait.
|Report: Celtics have ‘serious interest’ in Howard||07.12.10 at 7:34 am ET|
An All-Star with Dallas in 2007, Howard tore the ACL in his left knee as a member of the Wizards in March 2010. He was projected to out of action from six to eight months but told Yahoo! that he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process and expects to be ready by the start of the regular season.
Howard averaged 12.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game last season.
The Celtics would most likely need a sign-and-trade deal to acquire Howard, already having used their mid-level execption on Jermaine O’Neal. It’s possible they could move Rasheed Wallace’s contract in a deal to land Howard.
|Landry upset over C’s departure||07.11.10 at 6:53 pm ET|
LAS VEGAS — Marcus Landry’s time with the Celtics was brief, and not a very happy one either.
Landry appeared in just one game with the Celtics after arriving from the Knicks as part of the Nate Robinson trade. He was then assigned to the Maine Red Claws, the team’s D-League affiliate, where he averaged 11 points and four rebounds in 13 games.
But Landry was waived late in the season as the Celtics made room for Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney, and his unexpected departure left a bad taste in his mouth.
“Anybody would have been disappointed,” Landry said after playing for the Knicks summer league team. “It was a situation that wasn’t explained to me. I can understand it’s a business, but the way it was handled was unprofessional. Personally, I had no reason given to me why it was done. Every time I step on the court I think about that. It’s something that goes through my mind a lot.”
Landry also played for the Pacers in the Orlando summer league and he said he has received a handful of training camp invitations. He said he and his agent will sift through the offers before making a decision that makes sense for him as he tries to get back in the NBA.
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