|Report: Doc’s first call to Allen||07.01.10 at 11:53 pm ET|
When NBA free agency began on Thursday, the first phone call Doc Rivers made was to Ray Allen, the Boston Globe reported.
“I can’t go into who but I can tell you we started at 12:01 last night like everybody else did,” he said. “The first call we called Ray. We sat around and we have these names on the list and we said hey guys our most important guy is Ray. We gotta get Ray back. Paul and Ray. And we already talked to Paul because we could. Ray is a vital part to our basketball team, huge.”
Allen, an unrestricted free agent, will undoubtedly be receiving several phone calls from around the league. According to a recent report in the Miami Herald, LeBron James contacted Allen about playing alongside he, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Allen stated during the season he would like to return to Boston.
|Celtics Harbor Cruise raises over $50,000||at 11:25 pm ET|
Earlier this week, the Celtics and Xfinity hosted a harbor cruise on the Spirit of Boston and raised over $50,000 to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.
Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis, and Brian Scalabrine joined over 100 Celtics fans on the two-hour Boston Celtics Harbor Cruise. C’s legends Cedric Maxwell, Dana Barros, and former “American Idol” finalist Ayla Brown also attended.
“It’s always great to come out and support the Shamrock Foundation because it’s all about giving back to the kids,” Perkins said. “It’s fun to have the opportunity to spend some time with the fans away from the court.”
The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation benefits children directly through programs that provide education and support, including partners Perkins School for the Blind, Children’s Hospital Boston, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). More information on the Shamrock Foundation is available at www.celtics.com.
|Report: C’s trying to trade Wallace contract, target Redick?||at 12:35 am ET|
Yahoo! Sports has reported the Celtics are trying to trade Rasheed Wallace’s contract in order to keep their midlevel exception. Should Wallace’s money come off the books, one target for the Celtics could be restricted free agent J.J. Redick, according to Yahoo!:
Wallace has yet to file retirement papers, so the $6.32 million owed him next season and $6.79 million in 2011-12 would come off a team’s books after Wallace is traded to them. They could do a deal and not take on his money. Ainge is trying to use the Wallace contract to bring back a power forward or center to replace Wallace and the injured Kendrick Perkins.
The Celtics could then use their midlevel exception for a different player. Several sources believe that Ainge’s target is Orlando’s J.J. Redick, who is a restricted free agent.
The Magic have made a qualifying offer to Redick, which allows them to match any offer he receives this summer. Redick averaged 11.2 points (50% 3PG, 95.8% FT) against the Celtics this season in the Eastern Conference semifinals. During that series, Doc Rivers deemed Redick, who studied Ray Allen’s game in college and contained him defensively, the Magic’s “most consistent player.”
|Report: James wooing Allen?||at 12:12 am ET|
LeBron James has approached Ray Allen about the possibility of playing with him, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, according to the Miami Herald.
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.
|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||at 11:04 pm ET|
The Celtics are targeting unrestricted free agent Brad Miller, Yahoo! Sports reported.
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.
Yahoo! says Miller and Ray Allen will be the top free agent priorities for the Celtics this summer. According to report:
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.
Click here for details on the Celtics 19th pick, Avery Bradley (University of Texas).