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Celtics announce Daniels signing 09.01.09 at 4:40 pm ET
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On Tuesday the Boston Celtics announced they have signed free agent guard Marquis Daniels. Per team policy terms were not discussed, however several reports have indicated Daniels will earn $1.99 million with the bi-annual exception. Click here to learn more about Daniels … in his own words.

Official team statement:

BOSTON, MA  – The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has signed free agent guard Marquis Daniels to a contract.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We feel that Marquis’ ability to play multiple positions will add great versatility and athleticism to our team,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.

Daniels spent last season with the Indiana Pacers and averaged a career-high 13.6 points and a career-high 4.6 rebounds per game.  The former Auburn Tiger scored 20-or-more points 12 times during the 2008-09 season. Daniels would also post career-highs in points (733), rebounds (248), field goals made (311) and attempted (689).  The 6’6, 200lbs guard posted all of these career-highs while appearing in just 54 games (43 starts). During his rookie campaign with Dallas in 2003-04, Daniels was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.  Despite playing limited time until March, Daniels impressed over the final 24 games of the season averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.50 steals in 30.7 minutes per game.  Daniels ranked eighth among rookies in scoring (8.5 ppg) and led all rookies in field goal percentage (.494).  Daniels has made three trips to the postseason and has posted career averages of 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 36 career games.  Daniels’ best postseason came during his rookie campaign when he averaged 15.8 points in five games.

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Video: Getting to know Marquis Daniels at 8:41 am ET
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After months of speculation, the Boston Celtics will sign Marquis Daniels, according to the Boston Herald. Daniels is expected to give Paul Pierce a legitimate back up on the wing, something that has been missing since the departure of James Posey. He is also has the skills to add depth to the Celtics backcourt. But who is Daniels off the court? He explains in this video.

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Report: Moore to sign with Golden State Warriors 08.31.09 at 2:41 pm ET
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Former Celtic and free agent center Mikki Moore has agreed to a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN.com. Marc Stein reported the deal is worth the veteran minimum one-year, $1.3 million. Moore indicated to WEEI.com at the end of last season that he wanted to return to Boston and hoped to work out with the team during the summer. However after struggling to click with the Celtics system and averaging less than two points and two rebounds during the playoffs, he is returning to California where he had played the previous two season with the Sacramento Kings.

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A look into Heinsohn’s colorful past at 12:13 am ET
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Last week Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn celebrated his 75th birthday. While he is most recently known for being one of the most outspoken broadcasters in Boston,  the MetroWest Daily News revealed a different side of Heinsohn that stems from his childhood in New Jersey. Years before he became a color commentator, Heinsohn began putting color on canvas.

Painting actually provided a safe haven for Heinsohn while he was growing up in Jersey City, N.J. “I was the only German in an Italian-Irish neighborhood during World War II,” he recalls. “I used to fight my way home from school. My mom worked so I was by myself and I started drawing just to amuse myself. It became my best friend. And it kept me out of trouble.”

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Yahoo: Celtics among top 10 lottery busts of past decade 08.27.09 at 11:25 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics were named among the top 10 lottery busts of the past decade by Yahoo! Sports. The Cs came in at number nine for their selection of Kedrick Brown with the 11th overall pick in the 2001 draft:

“He wasn’t exactly taken ahead of Jordan, Stockton or Malone; but by my count, Brown was selected ahead of 15 players who started an NBA game last year. An athletic … something, who was working out of a junior college long enough to impress Chris Wallace and the C’s, Brown was an immediate washout.”

Brown averaged just over three points in three seasons for the Celtics. He was drafted in the first round before Richard Jefferson, Gerald Wallace, Samuel Dalembert, and Tony Parker, and was also chosen before second picks Gilbert Arenas, Mehmet Okur,  and Brian Scalabrine. Ironically, Brown recently signed a deal to play ball in Turkey.

Yahoo! also ranked the entire 2000 draft class at number two, calling out players including Stromile Swift, DerMarr Johnson, and former Celtic Chris Mihm and training camp invitee Darius Miles. That year the Celtics drafted Jerome Moiso with the 11th pick.

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Tommy Heinsohn turns 75 08.26.09 at 9:14 am ET
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Boston Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn turns 75 today. Here is a look back at the former player and coach before he was dishing out Tommy Points on the Celtics television broadcasts.

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Celtics spend their summer in the community 08.24.09 at 11:35 pm ET
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This summer the Celtics organization has spent countless hours improving its team for the upcoming NBA season. Meanwhile many of its players have dedicated their time to improving the Boston community.

Last week Bill Walker spent the afternoon at the Reebok Youth Basketball Camp, held at Basketball City in Boston, to talk about the importance of hard work on and off the court. Walker served as spokesperson for the six-week camp, which was also held at the Celtics training facility in Waltham and their 2008 training camp facility at Salve Regina University.

Walker hooped it up at the Reebok Youth Basketball Camp in Boston

Walker hooped it up at the Reebok Youth Basketball Camp in Boston

This month Eddie House and Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell dedicated a renovated basketball court to the Carter family of Waltham, winners of the RE/MAX of New England Home Court Program contest. The family also received a Celtics-themed bedroom makeover. House and Maxwell conducted a free basketball clinic for 100 children at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club following the dedication.

House and Maxwell dedicate a renovated court in Waltham

House and Maxwell dedicated a renovated court in Waltham

Walker, Lester Hudson, and J.R. Giddens teamed up with a group of 20 volunteers to help 400 families in need at the Feed the Children Event in Mattapan earlier this month. Together they handed out $45,000 worth of non-perishable food items and personal items at the Mildred Avenue School and Community Center. Walker and Hudson also signed autographs and took photos with the families.

Celtics rookie Hudson and Walker helped unload 1,200 boxes

Walker and Hudson helped unload 1,200 boxes at the Feed the Children event

Brian Scalabrine and Walker toured Washington D.C. in June with a group of students from the Harbor Middle School in Dorchester, winners of the tenth annual ASSISTS Community Service Contest. Contest creators Southwest Airlines and the Celtics flew the students for the field trip, where they toured other monuments and attractions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

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Scalabrine and Walker spent the day touring Washington, D.C.

(Photos courtesy of the Boston Celtics)

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