|Source: Hill leaning toward Phoenix||07.10.09 at 8:56 am ET|
A source close to the situation has told WEEI.com Grant Hill is leaning toward re-signing with the Phoenix Suns. The 36-year-old forward has been a free agent prospect for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, among other teams, this summer. The Celtics have been eyeing Hill as a potential back up for Paul Pierce, a major hole in last season’s bench.
According to the source, Hill’s concern with coming to Boston is the decreased role, not the money. He has spent most of his 14-year career as a starter and averaged nearly 30 minutes with the Suns last season. (He has never averaged less than 29 minutes per game.) The Celtics do not have anywhere close to that to offer with the starting lineup playing the majority of minutes and the recent signing of Rasheed Wallace.
Although they have expressed their interest to Hill, the Celtics know they are not the only team in the picture. “I don’t even allow myself to go there, optimistic or pessimistic,” Danny Ainge said on Thursday at Wallace’s introductory press conference. “He knows our desire for him. We know his interest in us.”
Hill averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists last season while shooting 52.3% from the field. He has also averaged 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 22 playoff games.
Update: Yahoo! Sports has reported Hill has decided to re-sign with the Suns.
|Sounds of Sheed||07.09.09 at 10:16 pm ET|
WALTHAM – From the ’18′ on the backboard shot clock above the dais to the ’20:10′ on the clock with the number ’30′ on scoreboard, the Celtics practice facility was decked out on Thursday for the arrival of Rasheed Wallace.
It was arguably the most significant press conference held at Healthpoint, as the Big Three introductory presser of July 2007 was at the Garden.
Eight people were on the dais at that presser as opposed to the to six on Thursday.
Once all the parties sat down, they shared their thoughts on the newest member of the Celtics after he agreed to a three-year deal.
Here’s some of the highlights, in audio form.
|Tune in to live broadcast of Sheed press conference||at 1:14 pm ET|
Tune in to WEEI on Thursday at 4pm for a live broadcast of Rasheed Wallace’s introductory press conference with the Celtics during The Big Show. Hear what Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, and Sheed himself have to say about the newest member of the Celtics. Check back to WEEI.com for reaction and analysis. Comcast SportsNet will also broadcast the press conference.
|Report: Hudson breaks finger||07.08.09 at 11:01 pm ET|
On Wednesday Celtics draft pick Lester Hudson broke his left ring finger at Orlando Summer League and will have to return to Boston, according to the Boston Herald. He may require surgery. The Herald reports Hudson suffered the injury as he tried to brace himself during a fall during the Celtics 12-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
‘It’s very tough because I want to show Danny (Ainge) and the coaches what I can do,’ Hudson told the Herald. ‘But I won’t be out there to do it now. I think I can still play right now, but I have to sit back.’
Celtics.com reports J.R. Giddens dislocated a finger on his left hand but stayed with the team.
|Celtics sign Rasheed Wallace||at 2:49 pm ET|
On Wednesday the Celtics announced the signing of free agent Rasheed Wallace. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy. However the contract is reported to be two years worth the mid-level of approximately $5.7 or $5.8 million per season.
“We are ecstatic to be able to add a player the caliber of Rasheed Wallace to our team,’ said Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge in a team statement. ‘It is not every day that you can add a four-time All-Star and a player with championship experience.’
Update: The Boston Globe has reported Wallace signed a three-year contract with a third-year player option.
|Celtics hit with luxury tax||at 9:44 am ET|
The Boston Celtics have to pay up, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN.com.
The NBA released an official statement announcing the salary cap for the 2009-10 season has been set at $57.7 million with a tax level of $69.92 million. Teams will have to pay a $1 tax for every $1 their payroll surpasses the tax level.
The 2009-10 salary cap is down just under a million dollars from last season ($58.68M). The tax level is also down from $71.15M.
ESPN.com reported the Celtics are one of seven teams that owe luxury tax payments based on payroll from last season. The Cs owe $8,294,664 by July 22. The Knicks and Mavericks were hit the hardest, owing nearly $24 million apiece.
|Former Celtics O’Bryant, Wallace to play in Vegas||07.06.09 at 4:20 pm ET|
Former Boston Celtics Patrick O’Bryant and Brandon Wallace will participate in the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League, July 10-19.
O’Bryant will play for the Toronto Raptors. Last season the Celtics dealt him to the Raptors before the trade deadline.
Wallace will represent the Washington Wizards. He signed his first NBA contract with the Celtics two years ago at Summer League in Vegas. Last year he played for the Charlotte Bobcats summer squad along with former Celtic Orien Greene.
Boston College guard Tyrese Rice will also play for the Wizards.