|Report: Celtics optimistic about KG||09.11.09 at 11:35 am ET|
After undergoing knee surgery in May, Kevin Garnett returned to the Boston Celtics training facility in Waltham on Monday, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported. While the organization hopes he will be cleared to participate in full-court scrimmages for the start of training camp, they are proceeding with caution.
According to Spears, Garnett is currently limited to court drills but could be cleared for contract drills as early as a week before training camp begins. The Celtics main concern, though, is not Opening Night but rather the postseason.
‘We’re looking for him to be there at the end of the season, not just the start of the season,’ Ainge told Yahoo!. ‘We’re getting him ready for training camp and looking forward to him being healthy in the playoffs. He looks good. Really good.’
Garnett has not played since March 25 when he scored four points in 17 minutes during a loss to the Orlando Magic. The Celtics forward, who has not averaged less than 31 minutes per game since his rookie year, has not played over 30 minutes since February 12.
In Celtics backcourt news, Ainge told Yahoo! he has not decided whether or not the Cs will offer Rajon Rondo a contract extension before the season. In the meantime, the Celtics are considering the addition of a third point guard. Free agents Tyronn Lue, Dan Dickau, and Mike Taylor worked out at the team’s training facility on Thursday.
|Allen hits the links||09.04.09 at 3:04 pm ET|
Ray Allen turned 34 this summer and there are no signs of slowing down. On Thursday the Celtics guard — and avid golfer — participated in the Deutsche Bank Championship pro-am in Norton, MA. He told the Boston Herald hitting the links has helped him stay in playing shape.
‘The beautiful thing about golf is there are so many hours in the day in the summertime,’ he said. ‘You can get up early in the morning and work out and then play golf late in the day. It helps me keep that competitive edge and stay in shape.
‘It’s been great,’ Allen said of the offseason. ‘I’m in one of the best shapes I’ve been in at this point in the summer, just from having the time to let my body heal and work out and get certain parts stronger. I’ve enjoyed this summer.’
In addition to golfing, Allen also follows a training regimen at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT with former UConn Husky/QU men’s assistant basketball coach Scott Burrell.
|Ray Ray to Stay?||08.23.09 at 9:16 pm ET|
Ray Allen’s contract expires after the upcoming season but the Boston Globe has reported there is reason to wonder if he plans on staying in Boston a little while longer. According to Peter May, the buzz stems from Wellesley, where Allen lives during the season. Word around town is that Allen’s daughter Tierra, who lives with her mother in South Carolina, may be moving in with her father … and the move could be soon. The reason is Allen’s daughter plays basketball and volleyball, which begins this week.
May pointed out: ‘She would be a junior at Wellesley High (and why would she come if dad wasn’t planning on playing beyond this year? Just an observation). Needless to say, the Wellesley basketball community is watching all this with great interest. With volleyball starting this week, one would think something has to break pretty soon.’
May also noted Celtics president Danny Ainge has reported there have not been any serious talks regarding a contract extension. Allen, 34, will earn $19.8 million in the final season of his deal.
|Allen’s compliments make an impression on Curry||07.15.09 at 7:18 pm ET|
LAS VEGAS — Ray Allen is one of the last players an opponent wants to see with the ball behind the arc. The Celtics guard, however, has faced his own challenges stopping sharpshooters over his career.
‘He was like my favorite player for a year when my dad was playing in Milwaukee,’ Curry told WEEI.com at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Dell and Allen were teammates on the 1999 Milwaukee Bucks. Allen was the Bucks leader in three-point shots made while Dell led the team — and the league — in three-point percentage.
Years later Stephen, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has studied Allen’s game enough to incorporate some of his strengths into his own repertoire. He is averaging nearly 20 points in his first four Summer League games.
‘[I like] the way he moves without the ball and how quick his release is,’ Stephen said. ‘Him and my dad kind of competed for that quickest release title. He was always moving around and a bigger guy was right there and he’d get his shot off.’
Just as Stephen admired Allen as a child, he appreciates the compliments Allen has paid toward his father.
‘That’s pretty cool,’ he said. ‘He’s going to be a Hall of Famer, and for a guy to give that kind of compliment to my dad is special. Hopefully, down the road, people he will analyze the NBA and put me in that category.”
|Role reversal for Gomes||07.13.09 at 7:49 pm ET|
LAS VEGAS — It’s a case of role reversal for Ryan Gomes.
Now it is Gomes’ turn to play the role of mentor. This week, he’s offering his knowledge to the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League team in Las Vegas.
‘Even though I know time is flying and it’s going to be my fifth year, when you’ve got a lot of young guys on the team, you want to share some knowledge,’ Gomes said. ‘I don’t know it all and I don’t think there are a lot of people who do, but when you watch the games you want to help them to get better. As players, you’re always trying to help each other out.’
When Gomes isn’t helping the Timberwolves, he is improving his own game at Joe Abunassar’s Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, along with former Celtic Sebastian Telfair. The shortage of wing players on the Timberwolves means Gomes may have to play in the backcourt as well, and he is focusing on his game away from the basket to increase his shooting percentage.
Last season he averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, shooting 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range.
‘We’ve just got to be prepared,’ he said. ‘We’ve got to be on our Ps and Qs because you just never know what can happen. It’s our job over the summertime when you’re not around the coaches and you can’t play in Summer League to work on your game and be ready for next year, and that’s what I’ve been doing.’
Gomes is not the only ex-Celtic looking to help the Timberwolves have a successful season. He noted Al Jefferson has been diligently rehabbing from ACL surgery to get back in the game as their leading scorer and rebounder.
‘He’s doing good. He’s way ahead of schedule,’ Gomes said. ‘He’s training hard and he’s on the court a little bit. We need him back, of course. He’s our All-Star, he’s the motor that goes, so hopefully next year we’ll have a good year.’
While he is focused on helping the Timberwolves win next season, the Celtics are still on his mind — even two years after being traded.
‘I’m still learning from Paul and I’ll still learn from Ray (Allen) and all those other guys because of the fact that they have knowledge of the game,’ he said. ‘Doc Rivers was great to me, Danny Ainge and those guys gave me an opportunity by drafting me, so I stay in touch with them and I still watch a lot of their games because when they made the trade, I knew what it was for. It was to win it.’
And that’s a good example to follow.
|Report: Celtics offered Allen, Rondo to Pistons||06.23.09 at 12:51 am ET|
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported the Boston Celtics offered Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo to the Detroit Pistons in a package deal that included Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Rodney Stuckey. According to Wojnarowski, the deal was proposed by a lower-level Celtics executive last weekend and was rejected by the Pistons before the conversations escalated to a discussion between general managers Danny Ainge and Joe Dumars.
“This isn’t an uncommon occurrence for a GM like Ainge to dispatch an underling to make that kind of a call, if for no other reason to give the top executive some level of deniability that he’s shopping his stars,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Both Allen and Rondo have been mentioned in nearly every Celtics trade rumor this offseason, largely because of their contracts. Allen is entering the final season of his deal while the Cs have to decide whether or not to extend Rondo’s contract by this October. Rondo recently told WEEI he does not expect to be traded this summer.
|Report: Suns haven’t talked to Celtics||06.05.09 at 2:14 pm ET|
Earlier this week, radio station KTAR in Arizona floated the rumor of trade discussions between the Boston Celtics in Phoenix Suns that would send Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo out west in exchange for Amar’e Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, and the 14th pick.
The Arizona Republic has reported the Suns have not had conversations with the Celtics:
“There’s a lot of stuff flying around out there that has no basis,” Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said. “There’s just a ton of speculation but there really is nothing substantial going on.
“With most of these deals being speculated about, I haven’t even had a conversation with the opposing team. I read this stuff and laugh.”
The notion of trading forty percent of the Celtics starting lineup is startling at first. But there are reasons why Allen and Rondo could be heard in rumors this offseason. Allen turns 34 this summer and is entering the last year of his contract in which he is set to earn nearly $20 million. His expiring deal ‘ plus proven track record ‘ could make him an attractive option.
Rondo, on the other hand, is just starting to play up to his potential. At 23 he is the type of player a team can build around. The Celtics, however, have to decide how much they want to pay Rondo. He will become a free agent in 2010 so they can either sign him to an extension or take a risk on the going rate next summer.
Either way the Celtics will be financially limited when they try to add depth to their bench this summer and making trades is one way to work around that. It’s only the beginning of June and there is no doubt more rumors like this are sure to follow.
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