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Boston Celtics Rumors: Tracking All the Latest Buzz on Post-Lockout Celtics

Luis BatlleContributor IDecember 5, 2011

Boston Celtics Rumors: Tracking All the Latest Buzz on Post-Lockout Celtics

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    Finally, this Boston Celtics team has a full roster to work with.

    Rookie forward JaJuan Johnson leads the list of signings the team announced Monday. According to ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg, the team made the following signings on Monday:

    PF JaJuan Johnson

    SG E'Twaun Moore

    SF Sasha Pavlovic

    C Jamal Sampson

    PF Michael Sweetney

    SF Gilbert Brown

    Johnson and Moore lead the list of signings, as the two rookies out of Purdue are expected to be significant contributors this season. Johnson is an athletic forward capable of putting up points and has a knack for bringing down rebounds. Moore is a two-guard that can score the lights out of the basketball, as his time will be useful as he provides scoring and rest for Ray Allen.

    Pavlovic has been re-signed by the team, while Sampson, Sweetney and Brown are all new signings. Sweetney is a player that has bounced around in the league, playing the majority of his NBA career with the New York Knicks since 2003.

    Brown is a five-year player out of Pittsburgh who is known for his explosive play at the rim as well as his ability to score points.

    The team now has a full roster. Regardless, Danny Ainge is expected to continue to search for free agents and potential trade opportunities to help improve the team prior to the start of the season on Christmas day.

Celtics Talk About Rajon Rondo Trade to New Orleans Hornets for PG Chris Paul

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    Just after the near 150-day NBA lockout was put to an end, Boston Celtics starting point guard Rajon Rondo was already threatened to be put on the trading block.

    According to CBS Sports and several other sources including ESPN, the Celtics were said to be shopping Rondo and seeking to potentially trade the All-Star point guard for New Orleans Hornets starting point guard Chris Paul.

    Paul gives the Celtics a more dynamic, explosive point guard offensively. Yet considering that Rondo is just 25 years of age and will be a player to stay around for a while in the league, it makes the deal all the more difficult to pursue for the Celtics.

    It is also safe to say Paul gives the Celtics a better chance to win this season with the Big Three, despite not wanting to sign an extension. His play at the point guard position to go along with the production of the Big Three could easily help the Celtics to become as feared a team as there is in the Eastern conference.

    Update from ESPN's Chris Broussard on 12/1/2011:

    Chris Paul has made it clear he would not be interested in extending his contract with a team like the Boston Celtics. There is a speculation that he hopes to play alongside power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony as a member of the New York Knicks.

Glen Davis Getting Looks in Free Agency

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    Glen "Big Baby" Davis is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and already is thinking he is on his way out of Boston.

    According to the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Davis has listed the New Orleans Hornets as a team he is interested in and would consider an offer from.

    Talk about a tremendous loss for the Celtics, as they are already a team in need of signing players to the roster and lacking talent in the front court outside of Kevin Garnett.

Celtics Showing Interest in Reggie Evans

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    According to the Boston Globe, in an article written on December 3, the Boston Celtics have shown interest in picking up Reggie Evans, who currently is a free agent going into the season.

    It's safe to say that Reggie Evans, free agent forward for the Toronto Raptors, is arguably one of the best players in the league when it comes to rebounding the basketball.

    This is a guy that averaged 11.5 rebounds per game with the team in just 26.6 minutes per game.

    Talk about a tremendous statistic.

    Adding a guy like Evans helps the Celtics dramatically in the rebounding department, where the team ranks near the bottom of the league. This is a team that prides itself on its play defensively, which is precisely why a player like Evans can only help the C's going forward.

Celtics List of Free Agents Growing, Ainge Looking to Make Moves

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    Update 12/6/2011:

    The Celtics have now declared interest in the following free agents, according to the Boston Globe's Julian Bewbow: Anthony Parker, Shannon Brown, Kwame Brown, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis and Delonte West.

    This is another article in which I discuss signing of Glen Davis and Delonte West are discussed.

    It is evident the Celtics need back-ups and role players that can fill up the back-court and front-court. The Celtics are mainly seeking a back-up two-guard and centers going forward, as these are the two positions where the Celtics need to get stronger in.

    Ray Allen will need his rest this season at the two-guard. More than anything, the big thing will be giving starting center Jermaine O'Neal his rest, as he won't be able to give more than 22-25 minutes a night.

    According to the above piece in the Globe, they have contacted Anthony Parker's representatives, yet the Cavaliers still wish to resign the unrestricted free agent as well.

     

    Keep checking in for more up to date Celtics updates!

Boston Celtics and Each Team's Schedule Has Now Been Released by NBA

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    It's official. The 2011-2012 NBA season is finally here.

    The Boston Celtics now have an official set schedule for the shortened 66-game season. The first game will be an opening-day game on Christmas day, as the Celtics take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

    Four of the first five games on the team's schedule will be played on the road, starting with three-straight road games against the Knicks, Heat and Hornets. Talk about some tough competition to face early.

    The first 10 games of the season will be telling for these C's, as they take on some tough competition and will be tested with the shorter breaks in between games this season.

    Finally, the Celtics as well as the rest of the league, can breath a sigh of relief. Here we come, NBA season!

Celtics Trade Glen Davis for Brandon Bass

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    According to ESPN Boston, Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis has officially been traded to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass, as the Celtics went through a sign-and-trade process with Davis.

    As much as Davis has meant to the Boston Celtics franchise as a hard-working, passionate player, the move is a tremendous upgrade for the Celtics.

    Upon losing Kendrick Perkins last season the team lost a guy that was one of the better low-post defenders in the league. Bass is a big-bodied power forward that thrives on the defensive end of the floor, despite not having the numbers to show for it.

    Bass has played limited minuted throughout his career, and is a 20-25 minute per game player that makes the most of his playing time. Expect Bass to improve this team defensively and give the team a better offensive presence in the front court.

    With the Celtics now trying to seek a deal for David West, expect the front court to only improve.

Celtics Lose out on David West, Signs with Indiana Pacers

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    UPDATE 12/11/2011:

    According to ESPN.com, after talks of a trade involving Jermaine O'Neal and one other player being traded for David West, West has now officially been acquired by the Indiana Pacers.

    The team signed him for $ 20 million over the course of two-years, according to ESPN.com.

    The Celtics missed out on acquiring a big man that would have helped improve the quality of front court players on this team's lineup. An addition like West also helps Garnett get more rest throughout the course of the regular season.

    Expect the Celtics to soon be making moves for more big men around the league.

    Who knows? Perhaps Nene is the next target for Danny Ainge and the organization?

Boston Celtics Officially Fill Up Roster, Team Goes Signing Crazy

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    Finally, this Boston Celtics team has a full roster to work with.

    Rookie forward JaJuan Johnson leads the list of signings the team announced Monday. According to ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg, the team made the following signings on Monday:

    PF JaJuan Johnson

    SG E'Twaun Moore

    SF Sasha Pavlovic

    C Jamal Sampson

    PF Michael Sweetney

    SF Gilbert Brown

    Johnson and Moore lead the list of signings, as the two rookies out of Purdue are expected to be significant contributors this season. Johnson is an athletic forward capable of putting up points and has a knack for bringing down rebounds. Moore is a two-guard that can score the lights out of the basketball, as his time will be useful as he provides scoring and rest for Ray Allen.

    Pavlovic has been re-signed by the team, while Sampson, Sweetney and Brown are all new signings. Sweetney is a player that has bounced around in the league, playing the majority of his NBA career with the New York Knicks since 2003.

    Brown is a five-year player out of Pittsburgh who is known for his explosive play at the rim as well as his ability to score points.

    The team now has a full roster. Regardless, Danny Ainge is expected to continue to search for free agents and potential trade opportunities to help improve the team prior to the start of the season on Christmas day.

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