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Ainge on D&C: Perk out until February 07.15.10 at 12:40 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge called into the Dennis & Callahan show to discuss the offseason so far for the C’€™s. On the docket were many hot topics, including the signing of Jermaine O’€™Neal, pursuing several new players, the return of Doc Rivers and many of last year’€™s playoff team, and when Kendrick Perkins could be expected to return to the team.

‘€œIt’€™s projected that he’€™ll be back probably after the All-Star break, could be my guess, sometime in mid- to late February,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œWe’€™ll be very careful with Perk and not be in a rush to get him back, but I guess there’€™s a chance to get him back probably a little earlier, that’€™s probably realistic.’€

Highlights of the interview are below. To listen to the full interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan show audio on demand page.

On the LeBron James sweepstakes and how he handled himself:

[I feel] the same thing everybody else feels. It was over the top, it was too much. I think he should have told the Cavaliers well beforehand what he was doing. I just think there were a lot of things that weren’€™t handled perfectly. It was not fun to watch and see. I didn’€™t really enjoy the dance show a day or two after either, celebrating in Miami.

I like the way the Celtics have done it and our players, like Ray [Allen] and Paul [Pierce], it’€™s hard to get them to even talk to the media after they sign new contracts.

On Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert‘€™s subsequent comments:

I think they were inappropriate and I don’€™t think that’€™s the right way to handle it either. [They’€™re] understandable, but not the right way at all.

On the Celtics’ prospects against the new Miami Heat:

No matter where LeBron was going to go he was going to be in the Eastern Conference and [his new team was] going to be really good, whether he was staying in Cleveland or New York, New Jersey. The team was going to be built around him and it’€™s going to be a great team regardless. Three of the top 10 players in the league, including two of the top three, that’€™s going to be a tough pill to handle. I think they are going to get a supporting cast that can help them win and I think that team’€™s the team to beat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rondo the salesman 07.14.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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WALTHAM — After passing a physical that finalized a two-year free agent deal, Jermaine O’Neal said that Rajon Rondo was the most important person to sell him on the value of signing with the Celtics.

“I had some great conversations with Doc [Rivers], Danny [Ainge] and Paul [Pierce] and Rondo, and Rondo actually was probably the guy who sold it the most, and I had great conversations with all four guys but he really helped me understand where my fit would be,” O’Neal said. “I’m not concerned about shots, I’m not concerned about minutes. I’m not concerned about anything but winning. At the end of the day, you can build up individual goals, but your validation is whether you win or not.”

O’Neal also gave credit to Rasheed Wallace, who also sold him on the quality of the organization. O’Neal said he texted Wallace to see if he could convince him to come out of retirement. He said he hadn’t heard back but would be getting together with him soon.

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Report: C’s take look at Morrison 07.13.10 at 11:30 pm ET
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According to Alex Kennedy of hoopsworld.com, the Celtics were one of four teams present at free agent forward Adam Morrison‘s workout Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Bulls, Clippers and Cavaliers were also present for the workout.

Morrison, the third overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft, has been a major disappointment in his three professional seasons. He played with the Lakers last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 31 games.

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T. Allen agrees to sign with Grizzlies 07.11.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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WEEI.com has confirmed with a source that Tony Allen has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies. The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the agreement.

Allen, an unrestricted free agent, has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 2004. He excelled this postseason as a defensive stopper and played a critical role in containing Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Allen told WEEI.com during the playoffs that he would like to return to the Celtics next season … and beyond.

‘€œI am a Celtic,’€ he said. ‘€œI love being a Celtic. It’€™d mean everything in the world [return next season].’€

He added, ‘€œI mean, things happen but I feel like I’€™m going to be a Celtic for life.’€

Should Allen sign elsewhere, his departure would leave a huge gap in the Celtics second unit as the organization looks to rebuild its bench this summer.

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Report: Jermaine O’Neal will sign with C’s 07.08.10 at 1:28 pm ET
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Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Jermaine O’Neal has agreed to sign with the Celtics. The report credits a league source with the information.

The 6-foot-11 O’Neal is a 13-year veteran who played the last two years in Miami. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 70 games last season after three injury-plagued seasons prior. The 31-year-old also reportedly had been considering offers from the Nuggets and Mavericks.

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Report: Jermaine O’Neal leaning toward C’s at 7:16 am ET
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According to Yahoo! Sports, center Jermaine O’Neal is poised to accept a two-year offer to join the Celtics. The 6-foot-11 O’Neal is believed to have been offered the $5.8 million mid-level exception.

A 13-year veteran, the 31-year-old O’Neal played the last two years in Miami. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 70 games last season after three injury-plagued seasons prior. He also reportedly has been considering offers from the Nuggets and Mavericks.

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Celtics lose early lead and game to Sixers 07.06.10 at 8:30 pm ET
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76ers 86, Celtics 69

After coming up short on Monday against the more talented Thunder squad in the first day of Summer League, the Celtics once again lost a lead on Tuesday in a loss to the 76ers.

Boston (0-2) came out and quickly took an early 15-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of Tony Gaffney‘€™s play. After struggling in nearly 25 minutes of play on Monday, Gaffney was much more productive and filled the stat sheet against Philadelphia with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.

The 76ers (2-0), however, went on a 20-4 run through the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter to take a six-point lead. Boston was unable to cut down the deficit and went into halftime trailing by four points.

Philadelphia continued its strong play in the second half and built its lead up before eventually winning, 86-79. The 76ers had five players in double digits, with Jodie Meeks leading the way with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Jaycee Carroll and Luke Harangody each had a team-high 14 points for the Celtics, with Harangody pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Boston couldn’€™t find its stroke from 3-point land, where it was only 1-for-11, compared to 5-for-11 for Philadelphia. The Celtics also struggled to keep possession of the ball, turning it over a total of 20 times. Point guard Oliver Lafayette committed five turnovers himself after being hounded by second-year man Jrue Holiday on the perimeter.

Boston returns to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. when it squares off against the Bobcats.

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