Celtics Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Boston

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJune 28, 2013

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics is held back by teammate Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics after being fouled by J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. J.R. Smith would be ejected from the game following the play. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics are never a team short on rumors and discussions even after finalizing the Doc Rivers trade. Here is the very latest buzz surrounding the 17-time NBA champions.


Brooklyn Nets Acquire Pierce and KG from Celtics

NBA Commissioner David Stern said league rules prevented a Celtics-Clippers trade involving a player and coach, in this case Kevin Garnett and Rivers.

While the proposed deal was stiff-armed by Stern, it perked the ears of Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News has reported that King inquired about Garnett's feeling about joining the Nets.

Those talks only got more serious from there. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, sources told him on June 27 that a potential deal between the two teams could send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn.

The teams eventually agreed to a deal during the NBA draft, indeed sending Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn as the latter waived his no-trade clause, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.

The deal will send Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Tornike Shengelia, Keith Bogans and three future first-round picks to Boston. In exchange, the Nets will receive Jason Terry, Garnett and Pierce, according to ESPN.

Here is a look at the timeline as it broke June 27, with Wojnarowski tweeting updates as he received them:


Celtics Reportedly Have (or had) Sign-and-Trade Ready

Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported June 25 a source told him that Boston has a sign-and-trade deal ready for Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.  

The alleged deal seemed to need the Celtics to find a team willing to take Pierce, however. While Deveney explained he's been told the Bucks and Cavaliers had interest, the Brooklyn deal obviously takes both out of the equation.

No word has come down from the Boston brass to shoot down this proposal as fictitious. With Pierce and Garnett both punching tickets to Brooklyn, though, the likelihood of this deal happening all but went out the window.


Danny Ainge Hasn't Interviewed Any Coaching Candidates Yet

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke with the media June 26, talking mostly about Doc Rivers' departure.

Any interesting nugget of information that came from his press conference was the fact Ainge has not interviewed any potential coaches just yet. Ainge told reporters (via ESPN Boston) "I have not talked to one coaching candidate at this point."

Former Celtics player Antoine Walker did tweet to throw his name in the hat for coaching considerations, tweeting:

Whomever Boston has in mind to command the bench next season, rumors are sure to begin leaking out regarding the candidates sooner or later.