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July 31st. The day synonymous with the Major League Baseball trade deadline, where clubs on the fringe of contention look for one final piece that could make them a true championship caliber team.
Six years ago, the Celtics took a page from baseball's book and transformed their franchise on July 31st, dealing five players and two first round picks to the Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.
Before the deal the Celtics figured to be an intriguing team in 2007-08. They would have had a starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins with Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Glen Davis and Leon Powe coming off the bench. With Jefferson and Rondo beginning to develop into All-Star quality guys, that team would have been good (ok..so the bench would have needed some work). But not good enough.
Instead Danny Ainge pulled off a deal for Garnett, transforming the team's identity into an elite defensive squad that just happened to ha...
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The Celtics have told Shavlik Randolph that they are not picking up his option, Randolph's agent tells the @BostonGlobe.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) August 1, 2013
The Celtics made a move to save roster space, not picking up Shavlik Randolph's option.
Randolph quickly became a fan favorite after a few good games towards the end of the regular season. That said, keeping...
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Sometime in the coming months, likely in October, the Boston Celtics will almost certainly announce that Rajon Rondo has been named the 15th captain of the storied franchise.
Taking the torch from Paul Pierce...
The deed is done. According to ESPN Insider, Jeff Goodman, the Celtics have informed Shavlik Randolph that they will not be picking up his team option for the 2013-14 season. Although I'm surprised it took until nearly 6:00 this evening, Boston's waiving of Randolph shouldn't come as a shock. Had the Celtics picked up the big man's $1.1 million option they would...
This offseason for the Boston Celtics has been quite eventful, but it did leave many questions for the organization. Some of the biggest questions coming from the fans are these: 1. Who is the late game closer? 2. Who will bring the intensity on deffense? 3. Who will be able to get a much needed bucket? The list could surpass those few questions by a mile, but there is one question...
We’ve all heard the rumors circulating in print, online, or on the airwaves that Doc Rivers left Boston for Los Angeles because of Rajon Rondo. While the coach may or may not have liked the best player – a great item to debate but something we just don’t know the answer to – on his roster, Rivers probably went West simply to coach a better team.
Rivers has a...
As expected, Shavlik Randolph has become a victim of the numbers game.
Shavlik Randolph told ESPN the Boston Celtics have informed him they are not picking up his option.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 1, 2013
This is the ****** business side of things, folks. Shavlik Randolph played well in his role and is a very hard worker that could prove to be a solid, cheap contributor...
The NBA free agency period is dying down, so it time to look back at each team who they signed. Also many trades went down, which I will also recap below.
Free Agent Signings
-Agreed to three-year, $6 million deal with C Vitor Faverani
-Agreed to a deal with rookie Phil Pressy
- The Boston Celtics traded Kevin Garnett with Jason Terry and Paul Pierce for MarShon Brooks...
Doc Rivers‘ favorite quip, whenever a reporter asks him about an injured player’s condition, is “You know ‘Doc’ is just a nickname, right?” Shaquille O’Neal may want to co-opt his former coach’s phrase for his own devices: “You know ‘Big Aristotle’ is just a nickname, right?” Reader’s Digest apparently did not get the memo. In its “Quotable Quotes” section...
To be honest, I’ve haven’t opened a Reader’s Digest in sometime but when Shaquille O’Neal gets accidentally quoted instead of a philosophic legend, I have to write about it. In the June issue of Reader’s Digest, the below quote was seen in the Quotable Quotes section of the magazine: As noted in the title of this post, Shaq was actually paraphrasing philosopher Aristotle...
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Chris Paul reportedly threatened to leave the Clippers and sign with the Rockets when the Doc Rivers trade talk initially broke down.
Celtics rookie big man Kelly Olynyk is coming off an eye-opening performance in the Orlando Summer League a good sign for the Boston Celtics squad that have been short of good signs lately.
But now comes a less favorable sign from the seven-footer the Celtics drafted 13th-overall out of Gonzaga in the 2013 NBA Draft – Olynyk is battling plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis a...
To tank, or not to tank. That is the question.
Ever since the 2013 season ended it seems as though two different schools of thought have emerged from Celtics fans. Those who feel like the team should "tank" 2013-14, doing what it takes to lose games and ensure a top prospect in a loaded 2014 draft; and those who shudder at the mere thought of going through another season...
Boston must decide today whether or not to cut Shavlik Randolph, or his $1.1 million contract becomes fully guaranteed for next season. No word yet on any decision from the C's. Keeping Randoplh would give the Celtics 16 players, 4 power forwards, and a payroll that continues to rise above the salary cap and luxury tax threshold. I want him anyway, they can figure out that...
Now we're understanding why the Miami Heat had such a tough time getting through the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, as it appears Lebron wasn't focus on the basketball court, but on his mother Gloria.According to a snap shot photo [below], Lebron James was engaged in a text message with someone. At some point during the first quarter of the Game 6 match...
Photo courtesy of Dime Magazine BOSTON-- This particular thing has been on my mind lately, so here goes nothing. The Boston Celtics have undergone huge changes this offseason from losing their captain and a “Big Ticket via trade to hiring a new coach that made his mark in the game as one of the brightest young minds in college basketball. When you take two perennial All-Stars...