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Thomsen: Celtics considered Perkins trade 05.07.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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According to SI’s Ian Thomsen, Ray Allen wasn’t the only Celtic shopped around at the trade deadline. Thomsen said there were discussions of a Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer deal, which would have changed the landscape of the Celtics roster.

“Everybody had heard they were looking to deal Ray Allen for Caron Butler,” Thomsen said. “It turned out that was never going to happen. The Wizards were going to send Caron Butler to Dallas. But if the Celtics would have been able to make that deal they would have taken some of what they got from Washington and turned that around with Kendrick Perkins and made a deal for Carlos Boozer with Utah. That’s what they were looking to do. I’m not sure if it ever would have gone through, but they were seriously pursuing that end.”

That would have left the Celtics with a starting five of Kevin Garnett, Boozer, Paul Pierce, Butler and Rajon Rondo. Thomsen said it would have been a good move, but one that would have been pricey.

“It would have made them younger and it would allow them to contend for years going forward,” he said. “But it also would have made them even more expensive than ever. I think it just says a lot about the ambition of the franchise and the willingness to spend money if they think it’s going to pay off. That goes against the trend of other teams we’ve seen in the NBA right now.”

To listen to the interview, CLICK HERE.

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No Celtics Named to All-NBA Teams 05.06.10 at 2:29 pm ET
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A day after Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA’€™s All-Defensive First Team, none of the Celtics were named to First, Second, or Third All-NBA Teams. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade were named to the First Team, the league announced on Thursday.

Last season, Paul Pierce was named to the Second Team and received 330 points, including 27 First Team votes. This season, he received a total of six points. Rondo led the Celtics this season with 47 points, 45 more than last season.

Teams were chosen by position by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Points were awarded on a 5-3-1 scale.

See how the Celtics fared in voting from last season to now:

Paul Pierce: 330 points
Kevin Garnett: 72 points
Ray Allen: 6 points
Rajon Rondo: 2 points

Rajon Rondo: 47 points
Paul Pierce: 6 points
Kevin Garnett: 1 point

Click here for a complete list of First, Second, and Third Team members.

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Rondo named to NBA-All Defensive Team 05.05.10 at 3:06 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced on Wednesday. Rondo finished second in voting to Dwight Howard. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Gerald Wallace were also named to the First Team.

Rondo led the league with 2.3 steals per game during the regular season. He set a Celtics franchise record in single-season steals (189), held previously by Rick Fox (1996-97). Rondo also ranked 10th among all guards with 360 total rebounds (4.4 rpg).

Members of the First and Second Teams were voted on by position by the NBA’€™s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Players received two points for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote.

All-Defensive First Team
Center ‘€“ Dwight Howard, Magic (57 points)
Guard ‘€“ Rajon Rondo, Celtics (50 points)
Forward ‘€“ LeBron James, Cavaliers (45 points)
Guard ‘€“ Kobe Bryant, Lakers (34 points)
Forward ‘€“ Gerald Wallace, Bobcats (30 points)

All-Defensive Second Team
Center ‘€“ Tim Duncan, Spurs (21 points)
Guard ‘€“ Dwyane Wade, Heat (20 points)
Forward ‘€“ Josh Smith, Hawks (20 points)
Forward ‘€“ Anderson Varejao, Cavaliers (15 points)
Guard ‘€“ Thabo Sefolosha, Thunder (14 points)

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Allen finishes third for Sportsmanship Award 04.26.10 at 4:53 pm ET
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Ray Allen finished third in voting for the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award. The league announced Grant Hill as the winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy on Monday. Allen was the Atlantic Division winner and received 48 first place votes overall (Hill received 96). The NBA will make a $5,000 donation to Allen’€™s Ray of Hope Foundation on his behalf. Allen previously won the award in 2003 as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics.

Top 2009-10 voting results:

1. Grant Hill, Suns
2. Chauncey Billups, Nuggets
3. Ray Allen, Celtics
4. Antawn Jamison, Cavaliers
5. Al Horford, Hawks
6. Luis Scola, Rockets

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Rivers: “Rasheed alone is an individual hedge fund” 04.23.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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MIAMI — Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 by the NBA, yet again, after making comments critical of the officials, and specifically how they work games when superstars are involved. It’s a familiar gripe for Wallace who has been fined several times by the NBA for making similar statements.

“Rasheed alone is an individual hedge fund by himself,” Doc Rivers joked after shootaround.

But Wallace’s words cut deep for a league that is fighting to regain trust in the wake of the Tim Donaghy affair. Officials have come under great scrutiny already in the playoffs and several coaches, notably Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy, have not helped matters with their comments.

Both Jackson and Van Gundy were fined by the league for various statements about the officiating and David Stern made a point of saying Thursday night in Oklahoma City that it won’t be tolerated.

“I wish I had it to do all over again,’€ Stern said to reporters before Game 3 of the Lakers-Thunder series. “Starting 20 years ago I’€™d be suspending Phil and Pat Riley for all the games they play in the media. You guys know our referees go out there and knock themselves out and do the best job they can.”

Make no mistake, this is a huge problem for the NBA and Stern basically dared coached to test him.

Stern also noted that within in the NBA community, it’s understood that when Jackson says that Kevin Durant gets to the free throw line too much, he’s doing it for effect, but the perception is that refs call the game differently for star players. Or in Van Gundy’s case, that his star player, Dwight Howard, doesn’t get the benefit of the calls.

“I think David is half right on that one,” Rivers said. “Sometimes we do know, but sometimes we really are defending our guys. Everyone is on the league’€™s side at the end of the day. Listen, I’€™ve been a league guy for 20-whatever years. I love this league and I want this league to do well. I don’€™t think any coach doesn’€™t want the league to do well. Having said that the coaches job is to do what he can to help the team win.”

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Rasheed Wallace fined $35,000 by NBA 04.22.10 at 5:55 pm ET
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Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials for comments made to the media back on April 19.

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Celtics land 19th pick in draft 04.16.10 at 6:54 pm ET
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While it’s uncertain what will happen over the next few weeks in the playoffs, there is some certainty with the Celtics in June:

They will have the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

On Friday at the Board of Governors meeting in New York City, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson conducted random drawings to determine the draft order among teams with identical regular-season records.

The Celtics (50-32) won a four-way tiebreaker with the Spurs, Thunder and Trail Blazers to land the 19th spot. The order is reversed in the second round, so the Celtics will have the 52nd pick.

There were a total of six tiebreakers conducted. Picks 1-14 will not be determined until the NBA Draft Lottery on May 18.

See the picks that have been determined so far:

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