Posted on: September 21, 2009 10:40 am
WEEI.com reports that Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine took the summer off and didn't play any ball, due to worries that he might get injured in the offseason -- more specifically, that he might suffer yet another concussion. Scalabrine had three concussions in the span of less than a month last season.
"I didn't play any basketball," Scalabrine said. "I didn't want to risk getting a concussion in that environment. So I just didn't play any basketball and then I've been playing since I got back here."
Scalabrine doesn't expect the worries to slow him down when the NBA season gets going, but he said you never know how he'll respond to further physical punishment.
"We're just going to take it day by day and see what happens," he said. "The only time you're really going to know is until you take a blow. It's going to happen one time or another, just how I respond to it is going to be key."
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:07 am
The Boston Globe reports that the next free agent target for the Celtics could be none other than Phoenix Suns veteran Grant Hill .
Hill not only played for Doc Rivers when both were in Orlando, but is one of his neighbors in Winter Park, Fla.
"I can tell you that Grant and I meet a lot," Rivers said, as quoted by the Globe . "We go out to dinner a lot. I didn't see him play a whole bunch. I was with him the wrong time, but I just know the character and I know who he is. And I think he would be a good fit for any team that's trying to win the title right now -- Grant is going to help them."
Posted on: June 9, 2009 10:25 am
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies have been approached by several teams interested in acquiring their No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
The story mentions the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks as the names rumored to be asking about the pick.
Of those three teams, only the Knicks have a first-round pick (No. 8 overall) they could possibly use as part of a trade. Boston and Houston would probably have to part with some established talent to sweeten the deal for Memphis.
The Knicks are said to be interested in acquiring Ricky Rubio .
Posted on: May 22, 2009 12:52 am
Edited on: May 22, 2009 12:52 am
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers spoke with the Boston Herald recently about the needs of the team, as it pertains to players who might be re-signed, and free agents who might be courted for a spot on the Celtics roster.
"We have to add someone this summer if we want to win it [again]," he said. "We have to add shooting, and Paul [Pierce] needs a solid backup, which would help Paul drastically.
"One thing we have to absolutely add is a veteran. One thing that happened [following Kevin Garnett's injury] was that we got young quickly. Bringing in another veteran, having him in the locker room, helps all the young guys."
Rivers said he also would not rule out bringing Stephon Marbury back for another season with Boston.
"He'd be much better" Rivers said. "A full training camp would make a big difference for him. First of all this year, Steph needed to play in the NBA again."
Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:56 am
Now that former two-time All-Star Stephon Marbury has been granted a buyout from the New York Knicks, it is widely believed he will sign with the Boston Celtics.
Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:51 pm
The Boston Globe reports that the Celtics are among many teams that have expressed interest in center Mikki Moore , recently waived by the Sacramento Kings to make room for an influx of trade acquisitions.
Posted on: February 17, 2009 10:48 am
The Sacramento Bee reports that the rumored trade sending veteran Sam Cassell from the Celtics to the Kings is almost finalized -- perhaps to be announced on Tuesday -- but there are some issues left to be ironed out in the deal.
Reports have stated that Cassell will go to Sacramento along with cash considerations, and in return, the Celtics will get a future second-round pick. Cassell is in the final year of his contract and has yet to play in a game this season, but his experience on championship teams could be a valuable asset to the Kings roster.
However, the Bee adds that the Kings' motivation in making this deal is still not entirely clear, and that it's possible Cassell could be waived before he arrives in Sacramento or he could become a part of some larger deal the Kings have in store.
Posted on: January 14, 2009 1:55 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2009 10:01 am
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith has denied that any trade talk occurred between the Magic and the Boston Celtics -- and specifically, that reports out of Boston that the Celtics were turned down by the Magic on a trade deal are false.
The aforementioned reports said the Celtics offered Bill Walker and Gabe Pruitt in exchange for J.J. Redick, and that the Magic declined the proposal. Smith said they never even got an offer.
"I haven't talked to Danny [Ainge, the Celtics' General Manager/President of Basketball Operations], so I don't know how that can be out there. I can't remember the last time I've talked to him."
While Smith said it wouldn't surprise him if Redick picked up serious interest around the league before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, he does not expect to deal Redick between now and February.
Hedo Turkoglu could be another story. The Sentinel reports that Turkoglu could seek a similar deal to Corey Maggette's five-year, $50 million contract with the Golden State Warriors in negotiating to re-up with the Magic. Smith said he will speak with Turkoglu's agent before the trade deadline to try and get a feel for what it will take to re-sign Turkoglu. If the price tag isn't viable, Turkoglu could become the subject of trade talks.