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I absolutely love Jared Sullinger at the 21st pick, back problems be damned — almost as much as I loathe Fab “El Busto” Melo. I emailed a group of friends earlier this morning to say that if Melo becomes a productive pro, I’ll tattoo a profile of Kobe Bryant’s face on my chest and write a love letter to Rick Pitino.But Sullinger? He would have been a top 5 selection last season and has dominated the NCAA for the past two seasons. He’s a beast inside and possesses soft touch on the perimeter. He has a little of Glen Davis’ “I overeat on occasion, so I’m likely to get my shot blocked more often than most” inside game, but he’s a real talent who would have gone a lot higher if it weren’t for red flags surrounding his back — which apparently don’t overly concern Danny Ainge and the Celtics’ doctors.One out of two, in my grade book.More to come later, as I’m at the TD Garden about to hop on a conference call with Doc Rivers.
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Danny Ainge said the #celtics have not made a promise to Royce White and they are open to trading up or down. No word on KG's status23 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite@GwashNBAGlobegary washburnMan, this Royce White promise/not promise is making me dizzy.This seems like as good a time as any to promote two profiles on White that should be considered...
The draft is a little more than 24 hours away, and the burning question remains… did Danny Ainge make a promise to Royce White?
His answer today: No.
“As a general rule I do not make promises,” Ainge said. “I have before, it’s been a while, and we did not make a promise, no. On draft day I’ll have 10 contingency plans and we’re exploring all the trade possibilities...
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Some feel that it has but after Players View spoke with Team USA’s media rep Craig Miller, we found out that indeed the roster spots are still very much up for grabs.
Please click the link below to read this feature that predicts Team USA's final roster of 12.
Danny Ainge says Jared Sullinger has a “disk” issue in his back that may or may not require surgery #celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) June 29, 2012
Literally didn’t take sixty minutes from the time I posted Jared Sullinger’s grade of a “B” for the Celtics to announce that Sullinger might require surgery.
I want a trade-back Oklahoma City and I want it now.
Danny Ainge refuted a report indicating the Celtics made a promise to draft Royce White.
Danny Ainge spoke to the media the day before the NBA draft on a variety of topics about the Celtics' future. Also, fan favorite Mickael Pietrus speaks to Molly McGrath about his offseason surgery and summer (video after the jump).
Danny Ainge would probably promise Anthony Davis that the Celtics would draft him with the 21st pick on Thursday, if Davis were on the board. Beyond that, Ainge is not going to put his word on the line when the future of the Celtics franchise, not to mention his own job, is on the line. "As a general rule, I do not make promises," said Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball...
When Danny Ainge and the Celtics finally pull the trigger on making a draft pick during Thursday night's draft -- wherever that may be -- the team will be making a big step in a new direction. With the future of key pieces like Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in doubt, the Celtics have to get younger. But they can't also sacrifice the willingness to compete now, before the team...
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Most of what was said during and immediately following the NBA draft on Thursday was standard front office-speak. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and assistant general manager Ryan McDonough were surprised to get Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo with the 21st and 22nd picks. They had both players rated higher. They like both players' potential but are not counting...
Now that the NBA draft is out of the way, Danny Ainge and the Celtics can turn their attention to locking up their free-agent veterans. The C's could have some competition when it comes to Ray Allen, though, as the Phoenix Suns have surfaced as serious contenders to pursue the veteran guard, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. This report comes on the heels of...
Celtics Under Contract:
Paul Pierce: 15,333,334
Rajon Rondo: 10,045,454
Avery Bradley: 1,524,480
JaJuan Johnson: 1,042,320
Jared Sullinger: ~1,300,000
Fab Melo: ~1,200,000
E’Twaun Moore: 473,604
General Manager Danny Ainge has roughly $30,919,192 in
salary currently committed to the 7 players under contract for the 2012-2013
season. With the cap projected somewhere...
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Sullinger, a talented 6-foot-9 post player and rebounder, got by without a lot of lift in his game, and some question about his ability to score over long defenders. His back issues, which plagued him over his...