Celtics Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Ben Shapiro@benshapironyc1 Analyst IIIJune 25, 2012

Celtics Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    The Boston Celtics 2011-2012 season ended in much the same way that 28 other NBA teams ended their seasons. 

    It ended with a loss. 

    The Celtics' loss was to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

    The instant that game was over, a new season began. The offseason. 

    Now it's all about free agents, trades, and the NBA Draft, which is this Thursday, June 28th. 

    Here's the latest on all the trade rumors, free agents and NBA Draft info regarding the Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics Sign Summer League Standouts

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    Update: Tuesday, July 31 -- Maxwell Ogden

    In an attempt to further bolster an already stellar perimeter, the Boston Celtics have signed two Summer League standouts. 25-year-old guards Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith each learned that they had played well enough to earn a contract with the team.

    This comes per a report via The Boston Globe.

    --End of Update--

    Dionte Christmas has earned a partially guaranteed contract with the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN Boston.

    The Boston Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent guard Dionte Christmas, a team source confirmed to ESPN Boston on Sunday.

    Full details of the deal are not known, but Christmas said following the Celtics' 92-77 summer league loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that the contract will be partially guaranteed.

    Christmas has brought great energy to the team and shot at a stellar clip during summer league, so it will be interesting to see if he can stick with the team once training camp gets underway.

Boston Re-Signs Keyon Dooling

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    Update: Tuesday, July 31 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Following up on an earlier report, the Boston Celtics have officially re-signed guard Keyon Dooling. This adds depth behind Rajon Rondo, who serves as the only true point guard on the roster.

    The Boston Globe reported the news.

    --End of Update--

    The Boston Celtics have had an active offseason that further built on a stellar NBA Draft. They've added depth, athleticism and even re-signed some key components.

    Through all of their efforts, however, they remained without a second unit point guard.

    Per a report via Paul Flannery of WEEI.com, it appears as if the Celtics have cured those potential woes with another re-signing. A postseason hero happens to be the target of this signing. 

    Keyon Dooling has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Celtics, per a league source.

    — Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) July 24, 2012

    Keyon Dooling had two tremendous postseason games against the Miami Heat, providing high-energy minutes in Game 3 and scoring 10 points in 16 minutes of Game 4. He will be looked to for similar contributions in 2013.

Celtics Sign Jason Collins

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    Update: Tuesday, July 31 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Boston Celtics needed veteran depth in the frontcourt and they found it in Stanford alum Jason Collins. Roughly a week after announcing their intention to sign the big man, the deal has been done and the ink has been signed.

    This report comes via The Boston Globe.

    --End of Update--

    One of the greatest criticisms of the Boston Celtics is their lack of pure size on the interior. With undersized power forwards Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger, the concern is justified.

    In an attempt to bolster the Celtics' frontcourt, ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg has reported that they've added a seven-footer to the second unit.

    Sources: Celtics set to ink veteran big man Jason Collins to a one-year, veteran minimum deal. Adds 7-footer to bench.

    — Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) July 22, 2012

    Jason Collins is coming off of a season in which he played 30 games for the Atlanta Hawks and averaged 10.3 minutes per game. While his presence will be respectable, Collins has never played 82 games in a single season and has missed at least 33 games in six consecutive seasons.

    There is a value, however, as Collins can offer rookie Fab Melo a veteran presence on the second unit to preach the fundamentals.

Mickael Pietrus and the Bench's End

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    Update: Thursday, July 25 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Maybe he's just getting tired of waiting around, or maybe he had different expectations as he sat around waiting for the Celtics to call. Either way, Mickael Pietrus sounds disappointed.

    After an entire offseason where both parties professed their continued interest in one another, Pietrus sounds miffed that the Celtics are offering just a veteran's minimum salary.

    Here's what his agent had to say, via WEEI.com:

    "...the French-speaking Guadeloupean has “a standing offer triple that overseas,” his agent said. They’ve also engaged in serious talks with several NBA teams, including one Monday, “and the money was much more than the veteran minimum.”

    Mickael Pietrus remains "open to a return" to the Celtics. (AP)
    “I’ve had the veteran minimum thrown at me like hubcaps,” added McCandless. “In this collective bargaining agreement, a component of any player’s wishes and desires is the money teams are willing to pay. They’re pro athletes. My mother might cry in her beer when Johnny Damon runs away to the Yankees, but you and I understand it’s a business.”

    There isn't a lot of big money left on the free agent market, but there aren't a lot of proven, veteran shooting guards remaining either. Pietrus may not have a ton of suitors, but someone will get desperate enough.

    Sounds like the green may lure Mickael Pietrus away from the Green next season.

    Update: Thursday, July 19 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Mickael Pietrus continues to express his interest in returning to the Boston Celtics, and they'd like to have him back too reports CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely.

    However, Pietrus hasn't gotten a lot of outside interest on the market, and the Celtics appear to be taking advantage of that. They've basically told him, "you're at the bottom of the food chain, and we're confident you're not going anywhere. We'll sign you when we get around to it."

    It's surprising that so few teams have inquired about Pietrus. Though he has had injury and consistency issues, he's still a prototypical swingman body with good range, defensive instincts and a reasonable amount or remaining athleticism.

    Perhaps suitors have stayed away because they believe his Boston return is inevitable.

    Update: Tuesday, July 10 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Having struck out on Marcus Camby, the Boston Celtics continue to pursue free agent Courtney Lee. They're also figuring out how to fill the rest of the bench.

    Defensive big man Greg Stiesma was a fan-favorite last season, but he currently has outside interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have yet to offer the restricted free agent a contract, so Boston has nothing to match at this time. They'll likely wait to see what market develops for him first.

    Mickael Pietrus wants to return to the Celtics, but has yet to hear back from them, even after Ray Allen left for the Miami Heat. With the Celts still after Courtney Lee, a skill-set doppleganger, Pietrus may have to wait for that situation to play out before he knows his future in Boston.

    Backup center Ryan Hollins does not appear to be in the Celtics' plans after they drafted Fab Melo, but he does have a couple of teams that are interested in him. It's unlikely that he'll return

Greg Stiemsma Signs with T-Wolves

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    Update: Tuesday, July 24 -- Joel C. Cordes

    As expected, the Boston Celtics will not match the Minnesota Timberwolves' offer to Greg Stiemsma. As the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports, the Celts are even withdrawing their initial qualifying offer so as to expedite the process.

    The Wolves badly needed a backup behind center Nikola Pekovic, and Stiemsma's ability to also spot some minutes at power forward could come into use.

    Whether he can do more than block shots remains to be seen, but the Wolves will reportedly give him a multi-year deal starting at $2 million in the first season to find out.

    "The Steamer" is coming to Minnesota.

    Update2 : Saturday, July 21 by Maxwell Ogden

    For those hoping the Celtics would match the Minnesota Timberwolves' offer to center Greg Stiemsma, keep on wishing. Danny Ainge has ruled that out.

    This report comes via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

    Ainge says C's couldn't match Stiemer's Minn offer. Now they'll get veteran for cheap. Collins started 4g v. C's in playoffs.

    — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 22, 2012

    Stiemsma's shot blocking presence and smooth mid-range jump shot will certainly be missed. With the selection of Fab Melo in the 2012 NBA Draft, however, this was a move that had to be expected as the offseason rolled around.

    "Thank you for your contributions and best of luck in the future" is all that's left to say.

    Update: Saturday, July 21 by Maxwell Ogden

    Bleacher Report previously reported interest between the Minnesota Timberwolves and center Greg Stiemsma. Just one day later, it appears as if the interest has led to solidification.

    Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports that the T-Wolves have gone ahead and agreed to terms with the former Wisconsin Badger.

    Timberwolves and Greg Stiemsma agree on contract terms

    — Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) July 21, 2012

    Greg Stiemsma should see a great deal of playing time behind Nikola Pekovic at the 5. He's an excellent shot blocker who averaged 1.5 swats in just 13.9 minutes per game.

    -- Report via B/R's Minnesota Timberwolves tracker

Courtney Lee Coming to Boston

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    Update: Friday, July 20 -- Maxwell Ogden & Joel C. Cordes

    It took a long time but they've finally arrived. The final details of the Courtney Lee sign-and-trade have been released and clarity has been granted.

    Here is Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald with the news.

    Deal official. Lee to C's. Moore, Johnson, Williams and CHA 2nd rd pick to HOU. Pavlovic (& BOS cash to pay him) and 2 2nd-rounders to POR.

    — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 20, 2012

    The Boston Celtics don't give up much at all for Lee, as E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson are both talented young players who had no place in the rotation. The same can be said about Sean Williams.

    The Rockets are expected to cut at least one of the players they've acquired in this trade according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg:

    Source confirmed today that cap-conscious Rockets still expected to waive E'Twaun Moore. Teams with space wise to hop on him on waivers.

    — Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) July 20, 2012

    JaJuan Johnson could also be released or traded depending on the Rockets cap and depth situation going forward.

    -- Report via B/R's Boston Celtics Tracker

    Update: Friday, July 20 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics have put together one of the most confusing sign-and-trades in the history of the NBA. Thankfully, the drama has ended and the deal is official.

    HoopsRumors.com's official Twitter page has the news.

    Rockets announce Courtney Lee S&T. In addition to the previously-reported players, Houston receives the rights to Jon Diebler from Portland.

    — Hoops Rumors (@HoopsRumors) July 20, 2012

    The announcement of this deal puts an end to a roller coaster ride. It also finalizes what some felt remained on the fence.

    -- Report via B/R's NBA Trade Rumors Tracker

    Update: Friday, July 20 -- Maxwell Ogden

    No deal should be this complicated.

    The details surrounding the Boston Celtics sign-and-trade for Courtney Lee have finally emerged. The deal will be fully guaranteed and put Lee in position for an average of over $5 million a year.

    Guard Courtney Lee lands a four-year, $21.5 million fully guaranteed deal from the Celtics in sign and trade deal, source tells Y! Sports.

    — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 20, 2012

    Boston Celtics fans can finally breathe easy as the deal has been clarified. They can also look on in anticipation as one of the most well-rounded wingmen in the game lands a spot on their roster.

    -- Report via B/R's Free Agency Tracker

    Update: Friday, July 20 -- Maxwell Ogden

    New details from the Boston Celtics' sign-and-trade for Courtney Lee continue to emerge, as the complicated deal has found validity.

    Many have pondered how the deal could possibly work from a financial standpoint. John Hollinger of ESPN.com has the latest details on how it will be done.

    Hearing C Lee deal is more like 4.6M to start. Celtics paying Pavlovic's salary for Blazers and threw Portland a 2nd.

    — John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) July 20, 2012

    This is a good deal for the Portland Trail Blazers as they land a decent rotational option and a second round draft choice. The Celtics, meanwhile, finally have an explanation as to how they have acquired their prized target.

    -- Report via B/R's Free Agency Tracker

    Update: Friday, July 20 — Ethan Norof

    The sign-and-trade scenario for Lee to head to Boston has avoided any potential snags as Portland has stepped into the pictureThe Trail Blazers will acquire Sasha Pavlovic from Boston in addition to the previously reported elements of the deal. 

    Deal for C. Lee brought back from dead. Portland steps in as 3rd team. Celts also sign and move Sasha Pavlovic (w/Moore, Johnson, Williams)

    — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 20, 2012

    Update: Thursday, July 19 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Upon hearing of the Boston Celtics' swap of JaJuan Johnson for Courtney Lee, the Twittersphere erupted in an outcry. The reason? Financially speaking, that deal would have been impossible to make.

    Per a report via the NBA on ESPN's official Twitter page, the finite details have been revealed.

    Courtney Lee to C's for likely package of JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and a 2 pick. @ESPNForsberg.es.pn/OxcY2C

    — The NBA on ESPN (@NBAonESPN) July 19, 2012

    This leaves the Boston Celtics without one of their top Summer League performers, E'Twaun Moore. All in all, it remains a deal worth making as Lee is a proven player with an NBA Finals appearance under his belt.

    Update: Thursday, July 19 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Boston Celtics have had quite an offseason. They've bolstered their perimeter with some solid acquisitions and rid themselves of some aging legs. Their latest move simply offers more of the same.

    Marc. J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics have landed one of the hidden gems in this year's period of free agency.

    Celtics to acquire G Courtney Lee from Rockets in a sign and trade sending back F JaJuan Johnson, sources tell Y! Details being finalized.

    — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 19, 2012

    Courtney Lee adds to a stacked perimeter that includes Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green. While playing time could be difficult to come across, Courtney Lee's sharpshooting and defensive prowess could help the Celtics in a major way come the postseason.

    Update: Wednesday, July 18 -- Joel C. Cordes

    As the Minnesota Timberwolves prepare for life without Nicolas Batum, they now turn to their fallback options.

    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune lists Courtney Lee, Jordan Hill and Greg Stiesma as their likely targets: something that's been known for awhile. However, it does mention Coach Rick Adelman's specific interest in Lee, as well as Lee's reciprocated feelings for the Wolves.

    Lee could be the starter or a sixth-man candidate, but he can be the defensive specialist at either the two or three. Minnesota needs as much wing depth as they can behind Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger now that Martell Webster is gone and Wesley Johnson is still himself.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Houston Rockets offseason tracker.

    Update: Tuesday, July 17 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Courtney Lee has been on the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics' radars, but with O.J. Mayo off the free agent board to the Dallas Mavericks, other suitors are beginning to line up.

    The St. Paul Pioneer reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves want Lee if their offer to Nic Batum is (likely) matched by the Portland Trail Blazers.

    So too, the Phoenix Suns are eyeing Lee after their offer to Eric Gordon was matched by the New Orleans Hornets.

    Finally, the Los Angeles Lakers could have interest in a sign and trade, although one wonders what attractive assets they still have left to offer in such a deal.

    -- Report via B/R's Free Agency Tracker

    Update: Friday, July 13 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Though there are plenty of conflicting reports as to whether Nic Batum will be available for the Minnesota Timberwolves, it appears they're already working on Plan B:

    Sources say the Timberwolves will go after Courtney Lee since Portland doesnt want to "play ball" in a potential Batum sign-and-trade.

    — Yannis Koutroupis (@YannisHW) July 12, 2012

    While Courtney Lee certainly doesn't provide the explosiveness Minnesota covets with Batum, the team absolutely does need a lead defender. Lee's ability to run and stretch the floor would also be a reasonable fit if Ricky Rubio is setting him up for easy baskets.

    The Wolves still clearly hope they can get Batum, but Lee wouldn't be a bad consolation find.

    -- Report via B/R's Free Agency Tracker

    Update: Tuesday, July 10 -- Maxwell Ogden & Joel C. Cordes

    According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, Courtney Lee is the latest wingman on the Boston Celtics' radar. As Blakely reports, however, Lee is well-aware of the Celtics' financial predicament and offers insight as to how a deal could potentially get done.

    "Houston and (Rockets general manager) Daryl Morrey . . . he loves draft picks," [Courtney] Lee said. "That's one thing you can do, sign-and-trade. With Houston loving draft picks and Boston not having money to pay a player, that may be an option for both teams."

    However, the Celtics are just "one of eight teams" in the hunt, according to Lee in Blakely's report.

    Will the Celtics trade a draft choice for a player who plays the same position as both Avery Bradley and Jason Terry, while also signaling that Mickael Pietrus would not return? Lee could spot time at the 3, yet Paul Pierce and Jeff Green may take issue with that idea.

    Keep a close eye on Lee to the Celtics. However, because the Boston Celtics have nothing but minimum-level contracts to offer, a sign-and-trade is necessary on their front.

    While they figure that out, the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and others are all still in the market for a shooting guard. And all of them have more money to offer right now.

    -- Report via B/R's Free Agency Tracker

Carlos Delfino on the Radar

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    Update: Thursday, July 19 -- Joel C. Cordes

    The Boston Celtics still want to add at least one more wingman to their backcourt, but their choices are becoming limited.

    As a championship contender, they want experienced, proven producers. Unfortunately for them, they don't have a lot of money or minutes left to offer on a roster that's already deep and expensive.

    Courtney Lee appears to be out of the price range, and CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely points to Carlos Delfino as guy with range who could be a nice specialist for this Boston team:

    #CelticsTalk: #Celtics have expressed some interest in #Bucks Carlos Delfino w/Mayo out and Courtney Lee too pricey, source tells #CSNNE.com

    — A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) July 19, 2012

    Delfino hasn't expressed a strong need for a big contract, but he has chaffed without playing time before, and that could be an issue on team that's already trotting out Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Jeff Green and Paul Pierce at the wings.

    - End of Update -

    Per a report via Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld.com, one of the hottest names on the current market is Marco Belinelli. The Italian sharpshooter was previously involved in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers, but appears to have had a falling out with the franchise.

    Nearly a handful of new teams have emerged as potential suitors.

    Both the Los Angeles Clippers and Marco Belinelli were interested in a deal but the Clippers had just their Bi-Annual Exception to offer.  The Clippers, with the lobbying of Chris Paul, made overtures to the New Orleans Hornets but the Hornets refused to take on Ryan Gomes via sign and trade.

    Now that the Clippers have gone with Grant Hill, Marco is looking at other teams.  The Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks have interest.

    Every team listed would benefit from the presence of a sharpshooter on the perimeter. More on this story as news comes in. 

The JET Is Landing at Logan Express

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    Update: Wednesday, July 18 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Unable to execute a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics have used their mid-level exception to officially sign Jason Terry. This was the initially-expected move, but the Celts tried to get creative so as to preserve some additional cap space for an O.J. Mayo or Courtney Lee type.

    Terry will come off the bench as the first guard behind Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, though he'll likely be on the floor with the starters when closing games.

    Update: Wednesday, July 18 — Ethan Norof

    Kiss the possibility of the Celtics nabbing Terry in a sign-and-trade scenario goodbye.

    According to Celtics GM Danny Ainge (via Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston), Boston will use its midlevel exception to sign Terry.

    The C's had been hoping that Terry could be acquired via sign-and-trade to keep the MLE open for another player like Courtney Lee, but that possibility is no longer an option.

    -End of Update-

    According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics are struggling to complete a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks. This would have enabled the C's to have Jason Terry's contract covered by the Mavericks' salary cap.

    There is little chance the Celtics can work out a sign-and-trade with the Mavericks for Jason Terry unless the Celtics are willing to part with a combination of young assets such as JaJuan Johnson, [E'Twaun] Moore, or perhaps Mickael Pietrus or Keyon Dooling. The Celtics would love to facilitate a sign-and-trade to free up their mid-level exception to sign shooting guard Courtney Lee.

    Jason Terry will still be joining the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, the failure to complete a sign-and-trade appears to place a major hurdle in the way of acquiring Courtney Lee.

    - End of Update - 

    That's right, folks, it's time to clear the runway because the JET is landing in Boston.

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Terry and the Celtics have agreed to a three-year contract worth the full midlevel exception.

    Terry should add some sorely needed scoring to the second unit, but he can also start for the club in a pinch should Avery Bradley (shoulder surgery) not be ready for the start of the season.

    Terry will have to improve his efficiency from the floor moving forward, and it will be interesting to see exactly how much playing time he winds up getting on a consistent basis.

Boston Re-Signs Trio of Big Men

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    Per a report via ESPN Boston, the Boston Celtics have officially locked up three of their primary frontcourt players. Leading the pack is Kevin Garnett, who is now an official member of the team for the next three seasons.

    Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox formally sign Boston Celtics deals es.pn/NP3JKP

    — ESPNBoston (@ESPNBoston) July 14, 2012

    The terms of the deal have Garnett signed to a three-year deal worth $34 million. Brandon Bass, meanwhile, will make $20 million over three years and Chris Wilcox's deal is for the veteran's minimum per Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

Darko Milicic In, Greg Stiemsma Out?

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    Update: Wednesday, July 18 -- Joel C. Cordes

    We're at that point in the free agency period where most of the good stuff is gone, especially when it comes to big men.

    Darko Milicic had a solid start to his 2012 season, but then got hurt and returned to his pouting, underachieving ways once Nikola Pekovic took his starting center spot for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Things got so bad that Coach Rick Adelman banished him to the end of the bench for most of the season's second half, even opting to play the corpse of Brad Miller instead.

    Yet, Milicic's seven-foot frame and shot-blocking still intrigues more than one team according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:

    Frontrunners for free agent center Darko Milicic are Boston, Brooklyn and LA Clippers, league source tells Y! Sports.

    — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 14, 2012

    Darko's alternated between passive and awful during his decade in the NBA. It was rumored (wished?) that he was returning to Europe after this season, but he may get yet another shot on his sixth team. He WILL be on a minimum contract this time...

    Update: Tuesday, July 17 -- Joel C. Cordes

    The Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves could essentially be trading backup big men via free agency.

    As detailed below, Boston is considering Darko Milicic, recently amnestied by Minny. The Timberwolves think they have the inside track on signing Celtics center Greg Stiemsma, according to ESPN 1500.

    While both players provided the same level of defensive production last season, Stiemsma has a one-year reputation as a "try hard" hustle guy. On the other hand, Milicic has a career-long stigma of doing the exact opposite.

    Update: Monday, July 16 — Ethan Norof

    Say it ain't so, Danny Ainge.

    Boston, still in desperate need of size at the center position, is really coming off as needy with the reported interest in the recently amnestied Darko Milicic.

    Milicic, who was waived via the amnesty clause by the Minnesota Timberwolves, went unclaimed by under-the-cap teams and is now free to sign with the team of his choosing.

    Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Celtics are among three teams deemed "frontrunners" for Milicic.

    Frontrunners for free agent center Darko Milicic are Boston, Brooklyn and LA Clippers, league source tells Y! Sports.

    — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 14, 2012

    It's hard to get excited about this possibility, even if it were to be for the veteran's minimum.

Jeff Green Back Again

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    UPDATE: July 8th — Maxwell Ogden

    Jeff Green and the Boston Celtics have agreed to terms. Please just be sitting down when you read this, as the deal is as surprising as any move made this offseason.

    According to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald, the Celtics and Green agreed to a four year deal worth $36 million.

    It's certainly a calculated risk to sign a player coming off of heart surgery. It's an even greater risk to sign a player who is coming off of heart surgery to a multi-year deal with big money attached to it.

    Apparently Danny Ainge didn't get the memo.

    UPDATE: July 7th — Maxwell Ogden & Joel C. Cordes

    The Boston Celtics are in the process of locking down Jeff Green:

    The Celtics and Jeff Green have agreed to the framework of a deal, his agent, David Falk, told @CBSSports.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 7, 2012

    This happened even earlier than Falk apparently anticipated. According to a report via The Boston Heraldhe believed that contract talks between his client and the Celts would conclude "early next week."

    Green returning to the same team who acquired him in a trade just one year ago, and it sounds like all parties are happy at this prospect, according to Falk:

    “It’s a very special relationship between Jeff and Doc (Rivers). He wants to come back and they’ve been terrific to him.”

    Another Celtic that Jeff Green was close to happens to be Ray Allen. Unfortunately, Allen jumped ship and is heading to Miami.

    --End of Update--

    Jeff Green started his NBA career as a member of the Boston Celtics when they made Green the No. 5 pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

    Green's stay in Boston was brief. "Brief" as in dealt on draft night 2007, to the then Seattle Sonics as part of the deal that brought Ray Allen to Boston.

    The forward stuck with the Sonics and then headed east to Oklahoma City when the franchise left Seattle to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Green was both a starter and primary bench option in Oklahoma City until last February when he was dealt, back to Boston for center Kendrick Perkins.

    The former Georgetown Hoya was going to play a key role in Boston this season but a heart disorder required surgery, and Green missed all of the 2011-2012 season. 

    With his health in question the Celtics pulled a qualifying contract offer to him which made Green an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Green may still want to play for the Celtics. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that Green and the Celtics have a "strong mutual interest."

    That doesn't mean that Green will definitely be back in Boston next season, but it also doesn't rule out a return either.  

Brandon Bass Re-Signs with Celtics, Is Jeff Green Next?

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    The Boston Celtics provided a much needed boost to the frontcourt by agreeing to a new contract with Brandon Bass.

    Bass will be re-signed for three years and approximately $20 million, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

    Now that the Celtics have brought back Kevin Garnett and Bass, could another familiar face be the next signing?

    Although Jeff Green was forced to miss all of last season due to heart surgery, that clearly hasn't brought down his value on the market.

    Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that Green's deal is expected to be "in the neighborhood" of four years and $40 milliion.

Ray Allen Defects to Miami Heat

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    BREAKING NEWS: Friday, July 6 -- Joel C. Cordes

    ESPN is reporting that Ray Allen has accepted the Miami Heat's midlevel exception offer and will join the defending champs for the next three seasons.

    Heat owner Micky Arison was the first to break the news:

    Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news.Welcome to the family #20!!

    — Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 7, 2012

    Though the Celtics were offering twice as much money over a two-year contract, they certainly clouded the waters by signing Jason Terry. Loyalty could only go so far, as Allen clearly saw the Avery Bradley and Terry ahead of him on the depth chart.

    Despite having the cash land a max-contract player this year, the Celts have yet to make a big splash to solidify them as favorites in the Eastern Conference. Ray Allen apparently felt the Heat could get him that second ring faster than Boston, and he'd play a bigger role in the process.

    - Content provided by Bleacher Report's Ray Allen offseason tracker.

Celtics Interested in O.J. Mayo?

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    Update: Friday, July 13 -- Joel C. Cordes

    O.J. Mayo's name hasn't surfaced in more than just fleeting rumors, but with the free agent pool beginning to drain, there are a couple of tangible suitors beginning to emerge:

    Mentioned most in NBA calls today: Whether or not Celtics can work out sign-and-trade for OJ Mayo, or perhaps Courtney Lee.

    — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 12, 2012

    For all their newfound depth, the Celtics certainly could use more explosiveness and speed to run with Rajon Rondo. A core group of Mayo, Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo would be an intriguing step forward in the coming years.

    - End of Update -

    A. Sherrod Blakely Comcast Sports New England reports that the Boston Celtics have inquired about O.J. Mayo by offering Brandon Bass to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    While Bass is an unrestricted free agent, this could still be a possibility were he to re-sign with Boston for the sake of this trade.

    The Celtics have been looking at forwards like Royce White, Andrew Nicholson and Jared Sullinger with their No. 20 and 21 picks, so cashing in on Bass for wing help could be an interesting choice.

    Mayo is able to play all three backcourt positions for short stretches, and his versatility could make him a unique sixth man for Boston. The Grizzlies need depth up front behind Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, and Bass has proven to be one of the more reliable rotation or spot-starter forwards around.

Garnett and Allen Want to Come Back

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    ESPN's Steven A. Smith is reporting that Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have both expressed strong interest in returning to the Boston Celtics.

    That's not surprising, considering how much history has already been built between those two players and the franchise.

    The bigger question is how those two envision their roles on a new-look squad that will be built around Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and the No. 20-21 draft picks. While Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce will surely be important parts, the franchise seems ready to take the next step into the future.

    If Garnett and Allen are willing to come back for home-town discounts while playing support roles, Boston will have enough money to reload for run this year and beyond.

Boston Working Hard to Move Up on Draft Day

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    Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski tweets:

    Boston is aggressively working to move up into the late lottery, if not higher, league sources tell Y!. Celtics own No. 21 and 22 picks.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2012

    While we still don't know how high the Boston Celtics are trying to move up and/or whether their picks could be flipped for veterans, we do know that having back-to-back picks is a real luxury.

    First, you can execute a cohesive strategy once you know who's still available for the first of two picks.

    Second, you can part those picks out, trading one for an asset, while still having a good shot at one of the players you liked anyways. Finally, the Celtics are also in good position, since the No. 20 and 21 picks are high enough to have real value in such a deep draft.

    Boston has a lot of options to work with, and it will be an active Draft night for Danny Ainge, regardless of whether he keeps the two first rounders or not.

Kevin Garnett Retirement

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    Kevin Garnett may retire. That was the news that Danny Ainge revealed last week in an interview with WEEI as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com

    Kevin Garnett's potential retirement is the biggest story, because it appears that most of what the Celtics have planned for the offseason hinges on what Kevin Garnett decides to do. 

     “We feel like we are close. It takes a lot of good fortune to go your way. We also had some unfortunate things happen this year. I feel we have a chance again next year, and I think KG is a big part of that.’’ Danny Ainge to The Boston Globe 6/22/12

    Garnett's decision may very well serve as a starting point for the entire offseason for the Celtics.

Will Boston Trade Draft Picks?

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    The Boston Celtics currently have the No. 21 and 22 picks in this Thursday's NBA Draft. 

    Could they look to move up the draft board? 

    The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports that Celtics' Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge was in Miami during the conference finals and got a look at both Terrence Ross and Harrison Barnes.

    Comcast Sports New England's Rich Levine also reported on Friday that he thought the Celtics would deal one, or even both of their current first round picks in an effort to move up the draft board or in a trade for a veteran player.  

Ray Allen to New York or Miami?

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    UPDATE (7/6/12): Ray Allen visits Miami, remains torn between Heat and Boston Celtics. 

    It's no secret that Ray Allen is a free agent this summer. Where will he end up? Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated seems to think that the New York Knicks and Ray Allen have a mutual interest. 

    Anytime anything happens involving New York and Boston teams, it's huge. Ray Allen leaving Boston would be a story. Ray Allen leaving for the New York Knicks, a regional and divisional rival would be a huge story. 

    Would Allen garner the same type of scorn that players like former Boston Red Sox Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens did? Fan reaction would be worth watching in the event that Ray Allen dons orange and blue to play at Madison Square Garden this fall.

    Celtics fans that don't like the thought of Ray Allen in a Knicks' uniform won't be comforted by the thought of him in a Miami Heat uniform either.

    Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com wrote Monday morning that there is mutual interest between the Miami Heat and Ray Allen. 

Will the Celtics Draft Royce White?

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    Royce White is a broad shouldered, physical, 6'8" small forward out of Iowa State.

    Chad Ford of ESPN,com has sources that have informed him that the Boston Celtics have promised White that they will select him No. 21 in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft.

    White is considered to be a very gifted player but off court anxiety issues have hampered him. 

    In spite of Ford's report in less than 24 hours a tweet from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reported that no promise had been made to White by the Celtics. 

    Stay tuned. 

Is Jamal Crawford Coming to Boston?

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    If Ray Allen were to depart via free agency, the Celtics would need a shooting guard. Even if Avery Bradley were penciled in as the starter next season, the Celtics would still need a shooter off the bench. 

    According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, shooting guard Jamal Crawford could be targeted by Boston and some other teams as well.

    Crawford is a 32-year-old 6'6" shooting guard who has spent 12 years in the NBA and played for five teams. He's averaged 15.3 points per game on 40.8 percent field goal shooting in his career.  

Omer Asik to the Celtics?

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    Longtime Chicago Sportswriter and current NBA.com columnist Sam Smith reported last Monday that Omer Asik, the Chicago Bulls 25 year old, 7'0" backup center, could be a prime target of the Boston Celtics this summer.

    Asik has averaged 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his two professional seasons since being drafted 36th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2008 NBA Draft.  


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