9.19.2017

The Ticket Already Making Us Laugh

August 1, 2007

Injury-plagued and buried by a 2006-07 season full of losses, Paul Pierce, the Celtics' franchise player, called for help.
Help called him back four times and got his voicemail.
"I reached out to Paul's four phones and left a message on all four," Kevin Garnett said.
So Garnett called Ray Allen, a Celtic for about a month now, trying to get through.
"Luckily," Garnett said, "Ray only had two phones."

9.18.2017

Known Unknowns

So when we acquired Isaiah, nobody knew he was going to be this Isaiah. Going into it nobody knew he was going to be the player that he was last year. When we got Jae Crowder in the trade for Rondo, nobody knew who Jae Crowder was. They just knew he didn’t play very much in Dallas. You have to let these things transpire. It doesn’t do any good to talk about it or predict who they are going to be. You have to let them earn who they are going to be. Part of that is earning their teammates’ trust and their coach’s trust, like Isaiah and Jae did.

-- Danny Ainge


There is more to what Danny is saying than meets the eye.

Look at the Celtics' bench. What do you see? Well, one answer might be "not much."

Barry, er uh, Shane Larkin. Abdel Nader. Terry Rozier. Semi Ojeleye. I can tell you right now these names aren't striking fear in anyone. Now let's say we start Marcus Smart at the 2, and move Gordon down to the 3. This means we've got Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Aron Baynes, and the Dancing Bear coming off the bench. Maybe they all disappoint. But maybe two, three, or more of them surprise and turn out to be beasts. Maybe Shane Larkin is IT coming off the bench. Maybe Rozier has a break out season.

You don't know.

In 2008, did we know that Eddie House and James Posey were gonna kill it in clutch time? Did we know that Big Baby and Leon Powe were gonna exceed expectations? Did we know that Rondo and Perkins would be perfect complements to the Big Three?

No, no, and no.

We do know one thing, however.

Brad Stevens is an optimizer.

And there's plenty of talent on the bench to be optimized.

9.17.2017

Wyc and Pags Come Through

August 1, 2007

We're told it's a business. And it is.

Kevin Garnett, however, is a human conglomerate, and his addition to the Celtics represents a coup for Danny Ainge from a basketball standpoint - with thanks, again, to old friend Kevin McHale, who now has taken in an astonishing nine players off the Celtics' roster in the last 18 months. (And the roster, if you recall, wasn't all that hot.)

Garnett in Green: But at What Cost?

August 1, 2007

Last summer, when the Celtics were lusting after Allen Iverson, a team executive pondered the potential effects of such a move and, with eyes wide open, offered the operative word from management's point of view: ``Relevance.''

9.16.2017

The acquisition of Kevin Garnett changes everything

July 31, 2007

Jackie MacMullan

OK, now we're talking.

A week and a half ago, Danny Ainge and I were debating the merits of the Ray Allen deal. He was trying to convince me Allen was a sniper who took such excellent care of himself, he would be burying game-winning jumpers well into his late 30s. I countered with statistical evidence that very few shooting guards in the history of the league have flourished after the age of 32, and, according to the calendar, Allen already had reached that bench mark.

9.15.2017

Garnett a Celtic

July 31, 2007

Kevin Garnett should soon become the newest member of the Celtics, according to multiple league sources who said it was only a matter of time before Boston and Minnesota finalized a blockbuster deal. The Celtics will send Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, and two first-round picks to the Timberwolves for Garnett, terms both sides have agreed to in principle. The 5-for-1 trade will be officially complete once issues concerning Garnett's contract are resolved, but one Celtics official cautioned last night that the deal was not done and would not be complete until today at the earliest, despite reports to the contrary.

9.14.2017

Vegas Digging the Garnett Acquisition

August 1, 2007

The New Big Three Great the Media

It may be hard to remember a recent Celtic scene with more sheer optimism. Kevin Garnett, fresh in from the Twin Cities (and not from a cruise) in the middle of the table, a broad smile, flanked by a beaming Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. No, they're not the new Big Three yet; Danny Ainge made that clear yesterday. They haven't won anything.

9.13.2017

What Kyrie Wants: A stable environment to thrive

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I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid. Really, really smart. Doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is. And I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, I think seeing Griff leave and the amount of coaches. I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone really ever wanted to fully — He’s a No. 1 pick right after LeBron. Then he has three different coaches. Then LeBron comes back. Now, there’s trade rumors. Now, it’s LeBron leaving.

--Richard Jefferson

 Fear the Sword goes into more depth regarding the environment Kyrie escaped from:
  • The team lost approximately 94 games in a row the year James left.
  • After Kyrie Irving’s sensational rookie season, the team drafted Dion Waiters at the behest of coach Byron Scott, despite the fact that the team hadn’t so much as talked to Waiters prior to draft night. Waiters was a ball-dominant undersized score-first guard, and didn’t mesh with Irving.
  • They then fired Byron Scott.
  • They then re-hired Mike Brown, who they had fired in a last-ditch attempt to keep LeBron.
  • The team doubled down on Waiters with Jarrett Jack, another ball dominant undersized score-first guard.
  • They drafted Anthony Bennett first overall.
  • They signed Andrew Bynum to a deal.
  • They traded for Luol Deng, who had no interest in anything Cleveland had to offer.
  • They fired Chris Grant, the general manager, and promoted his subordinate. A Cavs source once told me this time was “painful.” I hear you.
  • They won the lottery for the third time, winning the right to select Andrew Wiggins, and trade him for Kevin Love if they so chose.
  • LeBron decided to come back after the owner flew to Fort Lauderdale, meanwhile lying about his stealth trip.
  • James immediately started undercutting David Blatt, who replaced Mike Brown, which didn’t even merit a bullet point above, but who was fired in large part due to the immaturity and discontent of Irving.
  • Kevin Love is traded for and spends the first three years of his time in Cleveland averaging 3,217 trips through the ESPN trade machine per day.
  • The Cavs start 18-20 before J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov arrive and right the ship.
  • That last sentence is like 90 percent true.
  • The Cavs lose Love in the first round of the playoffs right as they are turning into a juggernaut.
  • The Cavs lose Irving at the end of the second round of the playoffs, before he returned in the clinching Eastern Conference Finals game. He plays a great Game 1 of the NBA Finals and then breaks his kneecap.
  • The Cavs still somehow win their next two games before players literally almost started dying of exhaustion.
  • The Cavs come back with the same team and are starting to regain their health when David Blatt is fired. General Manager David Griffin says the team was playing without joy and he was right.
  • The team holds approximately 42 players-only meetings. Kevin Love is reminded in half of them that he is, in fact, good at basketball.
  • The Warriors win 73 games, and the Cavs still find a way to go into the series overconfident. After falling behind 3-1, they win the title.

Deal Leaves Boston with Nine Players under Contract

August 1, 2007

As executive director of basketball operations/general manager Danny Ainge beamed next to Kevin Garnett last night during a news conference announcing the Celtics' acquisition of the 10-time All-Star, it was easy to imagine a slightly altered version of a popular commercial.

9.12.2017

The Ticket Cares

August 2, 2007

As he spoke during Tuesday's press conference about being appreciated, Kevin Garnett got a little emotional.

Get used to it.

9.11.2017

After the Trade: How Much Did the Celtics Improve?

August 2, 2007

Doc Rivers' maligned tenure as Celtics coach took a turn for the better with the arrival of Kevin Garnett on Tuesday.

Rotation talk was the bane of Rivers' existence before the blockbuster trade with Minnesota. His choices and decisions were more dissected and disrespected than a Paris Hilton mea culpa with Larry King.

9.10.2017

Ticket Sales Suggest Fans are Excited

August 2, 2007

It's all hands on deck for the Boston Celtics.

The franchise put half its staff on the phones yesterday to take orders amid suddenly soaring demand for tickets in the wake of the team's blockbuster trade deal.

9.09.2017

Could it Be? The "F" Word and the Celtics in the Same Sentence?

August 1, 2007

Eastern Conference FAVORITES? Is that really what they are now? Three months ago, the Boston Celtics won their 24th and final game of the 2006-07 season. They finished 29 games behind the conference leaders and 16 games out of playoff contention.

9.08.2017

Garnett's Addition of Epic Proportions

August 2, 2007

Waiting outside were more than 35,000 hard-core Boston sports fans, along with representatives from virtually every media outlet in New England.

But here, under the Fenway Park grandstand, Kevin Garnett was twisting and contorting his 6-foot, 11-inch body in order to fit himself into the batting cage behind the first base dugout.

``Watch your head,'' warned Coco Crisp, who, at an even 6 feet, slid neatly and quickly into the chamber.

9.07.2017

Garnett and Teammates are Excited

August 1, 2007


The feeling was like what for Kevin Garnett - Liberation? Empowerment? Flying without wings?

No, the 10-time All-Star said yesterday, sitting between his two new Celtics teammates, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, while attempting to envision his suddenly brilliant future.

9.06.2017

Grampa Celtic Questions Garnett Deal

August 2, 2007

Bob Ryan

And?

That's it? Someone actually thinks this Celtics team will win the East and contend for the championship? Really?

I am reminded of the classic line given by Ronald Reagan in "Kings Row." He awakens in a hospital bed and becomes aware he has no legs.

"Where's the rest of me?" he wails.

9.05.2017

McHale, Ainge Team Up Again

August 1, 2007

During the past five weeks, Danny Ainge was careful to say that trade talks for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Garnett were dormant - as opposed to dead.

The Celtics director of basketball operations appeared close to making his patience pay off last night.

9.04.2017

July 31, 2007: The Day Danny Resurrected the Boston Celtics

August 1, 2007

Christmas Day. Graduation Day. Wedding Day. The day you got your first good job. The day you moved into your dream house. The day your first child was born.

And then there's July 31, 2007. The day Boston sports fans were rewarded with a stunning shower of gifts.

9.03.2017

Porchlight Off, Searchlights On: Garnett Coming to Boston?

July 30, 2007

What started on a fast track slowed last night in revived discussions between the Celtics and Timberwolves involving a trade that would bring Kevin Garnett to Boston. Although the teams had agreed on a package that reportedly would send Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff and unspecified draft choices to Minnesota for the All-Star power forward, many details had yet to be resolved.

9.02.2017

Celtics face decision on extending Big Al

July 29, 2007

This promises to be an eventful summer and early fall for the Celtics' Al Jefferson. (Actually, it already has been an eventful summer, given that he almost was traded to Minnesota. Wouldn't you have loved to see the first meeting with Mark Blount?)

Allan Ray Signs with Italy

July 27, 2007
Allan Ray will play overseas upon agreeing to a two-year contract with Italian Serie A team Lottomatica Roma worth $2 million, a league source said yesterday.
The deal is a significant pay increase for Ray, who would have earned $687,456 with the Celtics next season. Boston had until Wednesday to decide whether to pick up the option on the guard's contract.
Ray won't need to wait long to face NBA competition. The Toronto Raptors play Lottomatica Oct. 7 in Rome. The Celtics play the Raptors Oct. 6 in a preseason contest in Rome as part of NBA Europe Live.
As a rookie, Ray averaged 6.2 points in 15.1 minutes last season. But with the addition of shooting guard Ray Allen, Ray became expendable.
The Celtics will have the maximum 15 players under contract next season if they sign second-round picks Glen Davis and Gabe Pruitt.

9.01.2017

Porchlight Still on for KG in Boston

July 23, 2007

LAS VEGAS - The sports books out here aren't yet posting odds on it, but it's a prohibitive longshot that the Celtics will go into next season with their current roster.

The draft night trade for Ray Allen represents a significant change, but there is clearly another shoe or two to drop. The question is whether that shoe will be size 18 or something smaller.

8.31.2017

Ainge: Mum's the Word on Garnett

Mr. Ainge, What about Mr. Garnett?

July 24, 2007

"I can't talk about him because he's not a free agent. There's a chance [of another big-name player coming in], but I don't want to get people's hopes up. We're not sitting there relying on it. We're still trying to work some things out but we think we have a good team right now. I think we can win the East next year. I believe we have had a major upgrade to a team that was a 36- to 40-win team last year if everyone stayed healthy.

8.30.2017

Ainge, McHale Play Golf

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July 23, 2007

Danny Ainge and Kevin McHale played golf yesterday morning, but Kevin Garnett still is in Minnesota. According to sources, there is nothing for the sides to talk about unless Garnett says he'll sign an extension with the Celts.

Telfair a Goner

July 21, 2007
Ray Allen, meet Allan Ray.
Big Baby, meet Big Al.
Sebastian Telfair, meet your second chance.
The prodigal Celtics guard, exiled in intention (if not reality) by team owner Wyc Grousbeck after Telfair was arrested on gun charges in April, has stayed out of sight.
But he's also b

8.29.2017

KG Nixed Deal to Boston

 July 17, 2007

For those of you dreaming of an Allen-Garnett-Paul Pierce triumvirate, there are a few entanglements, starting with the reason the deal was killed in the first place: Garnett's desire not to play in Boston. He was unambiguous about not only not playing in Boston, but that his preferred destination be Phoenix. (Somehow, we think he wouldn't object to the Lakers.)

KG's Agent: Danny Should have Forced Garnett's Hand

July 16, 2007

There have been some quiet denials, but one source close to the situation insists the deal for Kevin Garnett was all set before agent Andy Miller said his client didn't want to go to Boston. ``I don't know why Danny (Ainge) didn't just pull the trigger anyway,'' the source said. ``There's no way Kevin would opt out of that contract and leave $24 million on the table. No way.''

8.28.2017

Back-End Compensation: It is the Only Solution



In the absence of meaningful updates, I've been reading blog posts from Cleveland Cavalier fans. They’re framing up the hip injury as potentially  career-ending. It could be. But let's keep in mind one thing.

 According to the Celtics, Thomas’s official injury is a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear. He originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of Boston’s March 15 game against the Timberwolves. Thomas missed the next two games against the Nets and 76ers, but had appeared in every game since then.

Boston Globe on 5/21/17

This means that Isaiah Thomas played 12 more regular season games and 15 more playoff games on the same bum hip that eventually ended his season. Did he aggravate the injury in the playoffs against Cleveland? Possibly. Was there any sign of diminished play prior to the point of aggravation? Before you answer, keep in mind IT exploded for 53 against Washington in one game during the prior series.

Most of us aren't doctors and almost none of us have seen the X-rays. But this doesn't mean we're ignorant.

What do we know?

We know Isaiah Thomas has one year left on a contract. Boston wasn't going to pay him max dollars, whether he was healthy, injured, or somewhere in between. Nor was Cleveland. Once he injured his hip, almost no one in the league would either. This is unfortunate for IT, but it's a fact of life. How is this relevant?

IT was most likely a one-year rental for Cleveland. LeBron James will likely depart at the end of next season, and even a healthy Isaiah Thomas is unlikely to keep him in Cleveland, unless Cleveland wins it all, which they won't. What about the Brooklyn pic? Doesn't that sweeten the pot enough for LeBron to stay? I don't think so. What it does do, however, is assuage LeBron's conscience, allowing him to leave under the belief that Cleveland now has ample ground to rebuild.

So no LeBron, no IT.

That's what Cleveland is facing next summer.

And hence why Cavs management is going back to the well, hat in hand, asking Boston for more compensation.

The problem is that Boston already compensated Cleveland for the IT risk. The Brooklyn pic, after all, is unprotected. Now Cleveland is asking Boston to compensate them for things that haven't happened, and may not happen at all. Will IT require season-ending surgery? Who knows. Will he ever play basketball again? Probably. Will he be as effective? Who knows.

The risk for Boston is that they give Cleveland more assets, and everything works out hunky-dory for IT and Cleveland. Oh, look, it's March 2018, and IT didn't require surgery and he's looking as good as ever. Ooops. That's too bad for Boston. They just gave up Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum, or another first round pick. Hey, Cleveland. Can we please get that asset back? No? Darn it.

Maybe the Cavs planned all this. Maybe they were intending to cry foul during the physical, and then use the physical as a pretext to extort more assets. But we don't know that either. All we can do is see how IT's injury heals. It seems unlikely the Cavs would shut down IT's season this summer, and force him to undergo surgery, at least until they give him a couple of more months to heal and rehabilitate. This is why yesterday's post was more than tongue in cheek. Let's see how the IT injury plays out in Cleveland, and then have Boston offer back-end compensation, after the season is over. The two teams can agree on the parameters of the compensation now, much like I outlined yesterday.

Blindly providing new assets, more assets, simply because things may not work out optimally for a player with one-year left on his contract is not only silly, it’s bad business. You don’t just relinquish assets because you have them. You relinquish assets when it makes good business sense, and we won't know what makes sense until we see how this drama unfolds during the regular season in Cleveland.

Callahan Compares Garnett to Over-the-Hill Dominique Wilkins

June 2007

Byline: By Gerry Callahan

I walked into the press conference like I was walking onto a used car lot. I knew they were going to try to sell me, but I wasn't buying. Not me, pal, not this time. I was too cautious, too cynical and too smart.

Well, I was too cynical.

8.27.2017

OK, Let's Re-open the Trade . . . for Real

Cavs: We want additional compensation.

Celtics: The Brooklyn pic was additional compensation. It was unprotected.

Cavs: We want more.

Celtics: Why?

Cavs: Because our doctors tell us IT is going to miss time.

Celtics: You already knew that.

Cavs: But now we don't know how much.

Celtics: Ok, then let's re-open the Brooklyn pic, too.

Cavs: Huh?

Celtics: This is how it will work:

IT plays 68-82 games the Brooklyn pic is protected 1 through 3

IT plays 50-68 games the Brooklyn pic is protected at 1

IT plays 20-49 games the Brooklyn pic is unprotected and we'll add a second rounder of our choosing

IT plays fewer than 20 games and misses the playoffs, and we'll add a first rounder of our choosing.

Or you can just pass the physical and we can all move on.

Not just trade bait; If healthy, Ratliff could help

6/30/2007

There is a broad, league-wide assumption that Celtics center Theo Ratliff is valuable only because of his $11.7 million contract, which expires after next season.

On Thursday, Danny Ainge somehow managed to hold onto the Ratliff asset, which will become pivotal when the team kicks off its campaign for a free agent next week.

Actually, this is not just an assumption. Ratliff's large salary slot remains the most likely means to acquiring another impact veteran.

But something got lost in the haze of Thursday night's trade for Ray Allen.

8.26.2017

Draft Day Trade Leaves Celtics with Little to Dangle as Bait

July 1, 2007

The NBA's annual free agent derby starts this week, and Danny Ainge - Theo Ratliff's expiring contract in hand - will be in the middle of the scrum, attempting to add one more veteran to his beleaguered team.

As evidenced by Thursday's trade for Ray Allen, the Celtics are serious about their desire to be major offseason players.

8.25.2017

Do Celtics' fans really root for clothes?

Quoting Jerry Seinfeld the other day, a popular Celtics' site said that when you boil things down to the nub, Celtics' fans "root for clothes." In addition to being funny, the idea contains an element of truth. But only an element. Of course, the sentiment is another way of saying "we root for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back." And, again, when it comes to Celtics' fans, this is no doubt true.

But let me suggest there is more going on in Boston when it comes to the hardwood.

First, let's prove his point. For many years, one of our least favorite players was named Shaquille O'Neal. Well, at least until the dreaded Laker donned the Green. Then he became a fan favorite. Celtics' fans regaled in delight hearing stories about Shaq, KG, Baby, and others engaged in shenanigans of countless varieties, when only a few years earlier we might have responded by yelling "idiot!", "loser!," and similar invectives had Shaq been acting this way on a different team like the Lakers.

Now that we've proven his point, allow me to prove mine.

Celtics fans don't just root for clothes, we root for a brand.

I contend this is indisputable.

What is that brand? Any team comprised of players who put on a Celtics uniform?

Absolutely not.

Example?

Summer league.

Do Celtics' fan find themselves wrapped up emotionally in their team during summer league the same way we do during winter league (aka, the regular season)? Of course not. Even when the one or two players we care about has the ball, we simply aren't paying attention like we do during the NBA season. Sure, part of this has to do with the fact that summer league is meaningless. Then again, if it were totally meaningless, would we really be watching?

Instead, what's going on here is that the men dressed in Celtics' green aren't playing Celtics basketball. Ahhh. Yes. Now we are getting somewhere. Summer league, then, under this theory of Celtics' fanhood, is more like the 1978-79 Curtis Rowe Celtics, the ML Carr front office Celtics, the latter years of the Pitino Celtics, and the early years of the Doc Rivers-Danny Ainge Celtics. You can put a Celtics uniform on people like Marvin Barnes, Dominique Wilkins, AC Earl, Mark Blount,  and Dwayne Schintzius, but that doesn't make them Celtics.

What makes a Celtic, really, are the intangibles, and those intangibles can be summarized in three words: heart, desire, and passing. You gotta sweat green bullets. You gotta play every minute like it's game 7 of the NBA Finals. And you gotta share the ball with your teammates, and you must master this final skill to such a degree that experts (Celtics fans) understand you are doing your damnedest to play Celtics basketball. This is the Celtics' brand.

Celtics' fans, like most fans, have had their bouts with fairweatheredness. But it's not because the Celtics weren't winning. It's because whatever sport the team in the green uniforms was playing, it wasn't basketball, and it certainly wasn't Celitics' basketball. We don't have to win. We don't have to dominate. But their is a recipe, and dammit, we expect the men in green to follow it. Because when they do, and their is talent to support the brand, we all know what to expect.




Celtics Add a Big Baby in Second Round

June 29, 2007

NEW YORK - Gabe Pruitt never actually talked to Paul Pierce.

The 6-foot-4 point guard, who grew up in Los Angeles and played college basketball at Southern California, is probably too quiet to have ever entertained the thought of introducing himself.

But Pruitt - a projected first-round pick who slid to the second round and the Celtics with the 32nd pick in last night's NBA draft - already knows a thing or two about playing with the Celtics captain.

``Well, I've seen him a lot even if I didn't talk to him,'' Pruitt said after hearing the surprise announcement last night. ``I played with him a couple of times - mostly in the games over at UCLA.''

Pruitt was part of a sudden second-round rush by the Celtics last night. In addition to Pruitt with the 32nd pick, the Celtics also caught Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis - LSU's 289-pound man-child - with the 35th pick. The second pick was included as part of last night's trade with Seattle for Ray Allen.

By the end of the night, Pruitt was particularly relieved to see his name go up on the board. He had attended the draft with USC teammate Nick Young - taken by Washington with the 16th pick - anticipating a call from Detroit.

But the Pistons instead took UCLA's Arron Afflalo at No. 27.

``Detroit was the team I thought would take me, but things didn't work out,'' said Pruitt, who averaged 12.5 points for the Trojans last season. ``After that I didn't know what was going on.

``I had no idea the Celtics were interested in me,'' he said. ``I had no contact with them. But I think this is going to be a good learning process for me. Paul Pierce is a good West Coast guy, and I had seen a lot of Ray Allen, too. I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot.''

As draft fashion fields go, last night's scene was a relatively buttoned-down affair.

That rule held, anyway, until the Manhattan-raised Joakim Noah strolled in wearing a well-tailored cream seersucker suit with gold trim and a gold bow tie.

The Florida big man also let his hair down, all the way to his shoulders.

Celtics players generally are in attendance at the team's draft party, but last night guests of the club gathered on the Garden floor were left wanting for current Shamrocks.

However, there were a few ring-wearers in attendance to keep the folks happy. Bob Cousy mingled, while Robert Parish, part of the Celts' community relations department, relaxed in the lower seating section.

Parish isn't one to hide his feelings, so he can be taken at his word when he notes how much he likes some of the Celtics' talent - if not the way they have performed as a group.

``I like Big Al (Jefferson), and I like Paul, of course,'' he said. ``And I like Gerald (Green) a lot. I'm not sure he knows what he is yet, but I like the things he can do.''

8.24.2017

Peter May: Sonics Fleeced Celtics

July 1, 2007

Peter May

Do we have to put newly minted general manager Sam Presti on the list of guys who you never want to do a trade with, joining his mentor, R.C. Buford, Joe Dumars, and Geoff Petrie? The almost universal reaction in New York Thursday was that Seattle fleeced the Celtics, getting the fifth pick and two decent players for a soon-to-be-32-year-old Ray Allen whose best days clearly are behind him, Celtics' claims to the contrary. Everywhere I turned, people asked me, "What is Danny [Ainge] doing?" I have no clue, either.

8.23.2017

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Ainge Quietly Retains Theo Ratliff's Expiring Contract

June 30, 2007

There is a broad, league-wide assumption that Celtics center Theo Ratliff is valuable only because of his $11.7 million contract, which expires after next season.

8.22.2017

Celtic Nation Decidedly Against Deal for Garnett

June 24, 2007

The possibility of bringing Kevin Garnett to Boston and sending Al Jefferson and the No. 5 pick in Thursday's draft to Minnesota may not be as dead as some people think.

And amazingly enough, Celtics Nation is not breaking down the door in an attempt to see it through.

8.21.2017

Garnett to Boston: Don't Hold Your Breath

June 2007

Despite apparent momentum in talks between the Celtics and Timberwolves for a trade involving Kevin Garnett, the man responsible for keeping the Minnesota All-Star happy doesn't believe he has a future in Boston.

8.20.2017

Eastern Conference Execs: Adding KG a big deal

June 2007

Boston Celtics, Eastern Conference contenders?

Two conference officials reached yesterday agreed that the combination of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce would give the Celtics the legitimacy boost they have long missed.

As evidenced by Cleveland's abysmal showing in the NBA Finals, the Eastern Conference should be a wide-open race next year.

8.19.2017

Late Substition of Szczerbiak for Ratliff Leaves Door Open for Garnett

June 29, 2007

The Celtics acquired a seven-time All-Star last night without giving up any of their major players, and while there remain questions as to how Ray Allen will fit with Paul Pierce and the rest of his new teammates, the improvement in talent was enough to satisfy Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers.

8.18.2017

Garnett's Agent: Not So Fast

June 2007

Some in the Celtics organization believe there is more smoke than substance behind agent Andy Miller's assertion that Kevin Garnett will opt out of his contract after next season if Minnesota trades him to the Celtics.

8.17.2017

Al Jefferson, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen: The New Big Three?

June 29, 2007

Well, at least they appeased Mr. Pierce.

The Celtics went out and got him a peer - another aging All-Star, another guy with creaky joints.

8.16.2017

Aging Guard Coming Off Double-Ankle Surgey Added to Defensively Challenged Team

June 29, 2007

If you have uncertainties about the Celtics trade for Ray Allen, you have company. Though ready to do what is necessary, the former All-Star didn't have an unabashed joy with the move.

8.15.2017

No Deal Imminent as Draft Nears

June 2007

The Celtics finished up their work in the gym yesterday, prepared to use their first-round pick in tonight's NBA draft. But they're also prepared to deal it away.

8.14.2017

Will Green go Green?

June 28, 2007

NEW YORK - David Stern, the NBA's globally driven commissioner, fantasizes about this sort of thing.

In one corner of a hotel ballroom, Joakim Noah, son of Yannick, the French tennis legend, spent as much time sparring with the French media in their native tongue as with American reporters in English.

8.13.2017

Al Jefferson for Shawn Marion or Jermaine O'Neal? Ah, no.

June 27, 2007

Danny Ainge doesn't comment on trade rumors. But on some occasions, he does laugh.

The Celtics do have a lot of irons in the fire as the NBA draft approaches, but sources from the team and the league insist that most of what is being reported regarding the club is patently bogus.

8.12.2017

Paul Pierce Needs Help

June 28, 2007

The Celtics insist Paul Pierce hasn't asked for a trade and won't do so if the club doesn't acquire a veteran by tonight's draft.

8.10.2017

Dudley pays dues

June 24, 2007

Dudley pays dues

Jared Dudley will work out for the Celtics as part of their last predraft session on Wednesday, and it's unlikely that any other major Div. 1 conference player of the year has been forced to prove himself more than the former Boston College forward.

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June 26, 2007

Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers boarded a plane for Phoenix late yesterday to see Jeff Green, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah work out together today.

The Suns are hosting the session and David Griffin, the club's senior vice president of basketball operations, said his team is getting close to a deal to move into the top 10 in Thursday's draft.

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