|Report: Could Shaq fit in Boston?||07.06.10 at 1:03 am ET|
According to a report on ESPN.com, which cited league sources, the Celtics have expressed interest in center Shaquille O’Neal. With the C’s already over the salary cap, they could offer no more than the $5.8 million per year mid-level exception. According to the report, O’Neal would be intrigued by the idea of playing for Celtics coach Doc Rivers and with forward Kevin Garnett.
With Kendrick Perkins sidelined for part of the 2010-11 season following surgery to repair his torn ACL, the Celtics are looking for help at center. O’Neal averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds a game while playing 23 minutes a night for the Cavaliers in 2009-10.
The report said that O’Neal has also encountered mutual interest with the Hawks and Mavericks, and that if LeBron James returns to Cleveland, he would consider a return to the Cavs. O’Neal, 38, has played for the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns and Cavs in his career.
|Report: Cavs look to add Ray Allen||07.05.10 at 3:44 pm ET|
David Aldridge reported on NBA.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers have targeted Ray Allen as a player to add in the offseason.
Aldridge wrote Monday that the Cavaliers are “not only privately, quietly confident that they’ve managed, somehow, to stem the tide and have a good shot of keeping [LeBron] James, but have ideas of fixing their roster next season with the likes of Ray Allen and Brendan Haywood.”
|Rumors: Knicks hear offers for Lee||at 9:04 am ET|
If the Celtics are interested in Knicks forward David Lee — reportedly, they contacted him on Thursday, the first day free agents could be courted — they might want to act quickly. The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks have been offered Warriors guard Monta Ellis and Timberwolves big man Al Jefferson in separate sign-and-trade scenarios, and there is some speculation of a three-way trade, sending Lee to Minnesota, Jefferson to Golden State and Ellis to New York.
Lee met with the Timberwolves for nine hours on Saturday, after conferring with the Bulls and Heat the day before. The 2010 All-Star becomes expendable in New York assuming the Knicks are able to lure Amare’ Stoudemire to Madison Square Garden. Stoudemire spent Sunday in New York, capping his day there with a party at the home of Knicks owner James Dolan.
The New York Post also has more about LeBron James‘ second meeting with the Knicks on Saturday.
|Report: Celtics eye Barbosa, Fernandez||07.04.10 at 9:08 am ET|
According to a report in The Boston Herald, the Celtics are looking at trades that could bring them either Phoenix’ Leandro Barbosa or Rudy Fernandez of Portland. The report states that the Celts would most likely use Rasheed Wallace‘s contract to secure Barbosa, a 27-year-old swingman who will make $7.1 million in 2010-11 after averaging 9.5 points in 17.9 minutes per game for the Suns last season. Fernandez is a 6-foot-6 shooter who averaged 8.1 minutes and 1.0 assists in 23.2 minutes for the Trail Blazers in ’09-10. He is due to make $1,246,680 in the coming season, and has a team option of $2,180,443 for ’11-12.
|What Pierce’s new deal means for the Celtics||07.02.10 at 9:59 am ET|
Multiple outlets are reporting that the Celtics have reached an agreement with Paul Pierce on a new contract that will likely keep him in Boston for the duration of his career. A source told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com that the total package would be worth $61 million over four years, with all four years guaranteed.
Pierce left $21.5 million on the table for next season by terminating the final year of his contract and the new deal gives him certainty in what promises to be an uncertain NBA. The collective bargaining agreement is set to expire after the 2010-11 season, and the expectation is that the owners will try to rein in player’s salaries.
Pierce’s new deal will take the Celtics over the salary cap, but it may provide some luxury-tax relief in the long run, which is no small consideration.
There are risks for the Celtics. Pierce will be 36 years old in the final year of the deal, which can’t be finalized or officially announced until next week. It will also take him well beyond Kevin Garnett’s contract, which has two seasons remaining.
But four years is the cost of keeping the team together for another run at a championship and that has been Danny Ainge’s plan all along. Doc Rivers elected to return for the final season of his coaching contract earlier in the week, but the work is only half done. Read the rest of this entry »
Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com has learned that Paul Pierce has agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal with the Celtics. The Boston Herald was first to report the agreement. Free agent contracts can’t officially be signed until July 8.
Pierce opted out of the final year of his previous contract Wednesday, walking away from what would have been a $21.5 million salary in 2010-11 to test the free-agent waters.
Pierce has long stated that he wanted to retire as a member of the Celtics, and this contract should allow him to do so. The 12-year veteran has scored 19,899 points in his career, third only to John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791) in franchise history.
For more see the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.
|Source: Celtics first to contact Lee||07.01.10 at 11:54 pm ET|
Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com has learned from a source familiar with the situation that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was first to contact free agent forward David Lee once the NBA free agency began after midnight Wednesday night. The 6-foot-9 Lee, 27, played in all 81 regular season games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. It was Lee’s best season, having averaged 13 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest throughout his five-year pro career. He has played in 81 games in each of the last three seasons. For more see the Celtics team page by going to weei.com/celtics.