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Powe sponsoring basketball camp 07.01.09 at 2:43 pm ET
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Leon Powe isn’t letting his knee injury slow him down.

Amid free agency and rehabilitation from ACL surgery, he is sponsoring the Leon Powe Basketball Camp in Oakland this summer. The camp is run as part of his Fresh Start Family Services, a non-profit organization which mentors 14-21 year-olds in foster care. All proceeds from the camp will go toward the organization. This year’s camp will run 9am-2pm, August 14 and 15 at the Merritt College Gym. Visit the official site for details.

In addition to the camp, Powe is also behind Fresh Start for Oakland, an event organized to bring the community together for music, food, and fun. This event will take place 10am-4pm, August 15 at the Merritt College campus.

Powe began Fresh Start Family Services to provide support and education for those who, like he did, are growing up in foster care. “I always used to help everybody and some people tell me I help too much,” Powe told WEEI.com in May. “They tell me I can’t save everybody but I say, ‘I will try. I will try to save everybody.’”

He became a free agent on Wednesday when the Celtics did not make a qualifying offer on his contract.

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Report: Ainge confirms interest in Wallace at 2:09 pm ET
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Comcast SportsNet’s Gary Tanguay reported Danny Ainge has confirmed the Celtics interest in free agent Rasheed Wallace. According to Tanguay, the Celtics will meet with Wallace soon but no timeline has been set. The full interview with Ainge will air tonight on Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight.

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Pierce knew Rondo would not be traded at 9:25 am ET
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Celtics GM Danny Ainge told Paul Pierce that Rajon Rondo would not be traded, Pierce told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com. “Danny [Ainge] told me and told Kevin [Garnett],” Pierce said. “We knew he wasn’t going to be traded.”

Rondo had been mentioned in several trade rumors before the NBA Draft. Speculation of the Celtics moving the point guard were further fueled by talks of Rondo’s attitude. Ainge revealed on WEEI that the Celtics had fined Rondo for tardiness during the season and did not consider him a max contract player right now. He later reaffirmed the Celtics interest in Rondo, telling WEEI, “I think we value Rondo more than anybody else in the league values him and we know everything about him — all the good and the bad that comes with a 23-year-old kid who’s been put in a pressure kicker.”

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Free agency kicks off at 8:37 am ET
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Free agency officially began at 12:01am on Wednesday morning and there is already news surrounding the Celtics offseason moves:

  • Eddie House will return to play out the remainder of his contract worth $2.86 million next season. “Eddie is staying in the contract,’’ his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Boston Globe. ‘‘It was a tough decision. We went back and forth the last couple of weeks. But, when it was all said and done, Eddie loved his time in Boston, he feels like he is on a championship contender, he really enjoys playing with his teammates and playing for Doc [Rivers], and the fans have been great to him.”
  • The Celtics will not make a qualifying offer to Leon Powe, Danny Ainge told the Metrowest Daily News. After tearing his ACL in the first round of the playoffs, he is not expected to play return for the first half of next season.
  • Ainge said earlier this week the Celtics do intend to make a qualifying offer to Glen Davis.
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Another head coaching vacancy opens 06.30.09 at 1:36 pm ET
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On Tuesday the Detroit Pistons announced Michael Curry will not return next season after his first year as an NBA head coach. Curry led the Pistons to a 39-43 record. They were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs a year after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are also still looking for a new head coach after firing Kevin McHale. Don’t be surprised to hear Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau’s name mentioned as a possible candidate for the two vacancies. He previously interviewed with the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings this offseason.

On Monday Celtics GM Danny Ainge said, “I have not heard from Minnesota. I had called them earlier, and they had told me that they are starting their coaching search after the draft.”

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Russell joins NBA greats for charity at 12:04 am ET
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(Clockwise: Mourning, Wade, Russell, Billups)

(Clockwise from top: Mourning, Wade, Russell, Billups)

On Saturday night former Boston Celtics Bill Russell and Cedric Maxwell joined a group of the NBA’s finest at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in support of Alonzo Mourning’s charitable foundation. The event was presented by Jerry Powers and the Alonzo Mourning Charities.

The lineup of NBA standouts also included James Worthy, Moses Malone, Dwyane Wade, and Chauncey Billups. Former Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant was also in attendance. The event was emceed by Comcast SportsNet’s Gary Tanguay.

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Ainge addresses free agency 06.29.09 at 1:20 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics have to address several uncertainties this summer as they build their team for the 2010 season. GM Danny Ainge has the answer to at least one question.

They will pursue restricted free agent Glen Davis.

“We plan to qualify Baby and get things going,” Ainge said during a teleconference on Monday.

Another question mark on the Celtics is the return of Eddie House. Even though Ainge is unsure of House’s gameplan in the free agent market, he feels confident he will be back in Boston next fall.

While they pursue retaining their own players, Ainge is also searching the rest of the free agent pool.

“There’s a level of free agents who will be July 1 we’ll try to take a run at. There’s a whole long list of free agents that we like,” he said without naming specific players.

Ainge also addressed assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, who interviewed for head coaching vacancies with the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings this offseason, in regard to the opening with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“I have not heard from Minnesota,” he said. “I had called them earlier, and they had told me that they are starting their coaching search after the draft.”

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