Posted on: February 17, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2010 5:32 pm
Posted on: February 12, 2010 11:14 am
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : In a dramatic move that would resuscitate their fading championship hopes, the Boston Celtics are discussing a deal with the Washington Wizards for forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
The proposed deal would send the expiring contracts of Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens to the Wizards, a move that would signal the start of Washington’s rebuilding process.
The trade isn’t imminent, but talks have progressed and Celtics GM Danny Ainge has positioned his organization to make one of the boldest trade deadline moves in years. For the Celtics, ownership would have to agree to take on an additional $24 million in salary next season between Jamison and Butler.
Posted on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com : Don't bet on every member of the Big Three being around beyond the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
Though team president Danny Ainge has publicly ridiculed the (Ray) Allen trade reports, several NBA executives told CBSSports.com that the Celtics have been actively trying to parlay Allen's $19.7 million expiring contract into an asset that could keep them in the mix during the upcoming playoffs and also help them for the next several seasons. The most recent inquiry, sources say, involved Sacramento sharpshooter Kevin Martin, who'd be a good fit with Boston's remaining core. Kings officials might be talked out of their reluctance to deal Martin if they could pry a prolific big man out of a third team brought into the discussions or in a separate transaction before the deadline.
The bottom line is that Ainge, who saved his job by pulling off the perfect storm of trades that yielded Allen and (Kevin) Garnett three years ago, has made it clear in private conversations that he's "not going back to the abyss," according to one person familiar with the discussions.
Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:21 am
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The Celtics have initiated trade proposals on (Ray) Allen, multiple league sources say, and Boston is searching for a younger, less expensive guard and an expiring contract. This way they can find a replacement for the 34-year-old Allen without losing him and his $20 million expiring contract for nothing in free agency this summer. Only, there isn’t a shooting guard available who’s Allen’s peer. This threatens a perilous choice between transitioning for the future and refusing to compromise a chance to win a title now.
Allen is privately resigned to the fact that it’s unlikely the Celtics will want to re-sign him this summer. He’s believed to be intrigued with the possibility of joining the Miami Heat or staying close to his Connecticut home and signing with the New York Knicks. Nevertheless, Allen wants to stay a Celtic and that’s never wavered. Yet the sheer economics make it improbable unless he’s willing to cost himself several million dollars next year.
Yes, Allen would be difficult to replace for this season, but the Celtics can overcome that easier than (Kevin) Garnett gimping around the floor as a shell of his old self. He’s been in the NBA 15 seasons and played more than 40,000 minutes. He’s an old 33.
Posted on: January 20, 2010 11:32 am
By Brian Robb, CelticsHub.com : The trade rumors swirling around Nate Robinson had appeared to calm down in recent weeks, but Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports has reported today during an interview with Tanguay and Zolak on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston , that he has knowledge that the C’s have made an offer to the Knicks for the ever controversial guard.
Speculation has been in place since the end of last December that the Knicks were looking to trade the disgruntled guard. After being benched for a month, Robinson has been worked back into the rotation in New York though, returning with a bang after a 42 point effort in Atlanta on New Year’s Day. The Knicks have continued to play fairly well since Robinson’s return to the lineup going 5-4 over that time span, while remaining just 2 games out of the 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.
With Mike D’Antoni pining to win now, and Robinson’s offensive contributions off the bench continuing to be a positive for an improved Knicks team, (16 points, 3 boards and 3 assists a game with 50 percent shooting during the past month) it’s evident that New York will no longer be willing to just give Robinson away unless they are able to send Jared Jeffries over with him.
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:23 am
By Tom Moore, phillyBurbs.com : There is nothing to an espn.com trade rumor involving the Sixers’ Samuel Dalembert, according to an NBA source. The rumored deal would send Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for the expiring contract of ex-Sixer Kenny Thomas and an unnamed player to make the money work. Another long-shot possibility would still have Dalembert going to the Kings, with the Sixers getting Thomas, as well as Brian Scalabrine and Tony Allen from the Celtics.
The Sixers are believed to have discussed dealing Dalembert over the summer and also at February’s trade deadline. Dalembert had asked to be moved last winter because his role had been reduced and the Sixers were struggling.
Posted on: November 2, 2009 3:01 pm
By Gary Washburn : Boston.com - Chris Paul is wily enough to understand when he’s being prodded and provoked, and that happened twice in a 30-minute period last night at TD Garden.
First, Paul walked over to shake hands and exchange congratulations with Paul Pierce following the Celtics’ rugged 97-87 win over Paul’s New Orleans Hornets. In the midst of that conversation, Paul was approached by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo - less than 24 hours away from signing a long-term extension in Boston or staying perhaps only one more season - who said some unkind words to his point guard counterpart.
Paul shot back at Rondo and the two had to be separated. Rondo was ushered to the tunnel by Celtics director of security Phil Lynch, while Paul continued his testy conversation with Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, and the two were seen yelling at each other while Paul slowly walked to toward the Hornets’ tunnel.FULL ARTICLE