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Celtics Ask Isaiah Thomas To Help With Free Agents

May 25, 2015 1:13 PM

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics will seek the help of Isaiah Thomas in identifying free agent targets this offseason.

“Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball. It means a lot, and it’s a mutual respect we have. Now, hopefully, we can get a few guys.”

Thomas did not name specific players on his wish list during an interview with the Globe, but he said a rim-protecting big man would be at the top of it.

“A defensive-minded player,” he said. “It’d be nice to get one of those in the draft. A lot of the big men out there could definitely help us out. But I know Danny is always up to something.”

Thomas also volunteered to help recruit free agents. Thomas said that when he played for the University of Washington, he helped persuade several high school prospects to join the Huskies.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Had Handshake Agreement For Kevin Garnett In 2007

May 19, 2015 7:34 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly had a handshake agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007 on a trade of Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Kevin Garnett.

"Dr. [Jerry] Buss came to me and said, 'I have a handshake agreement with Taylor, that he's going to come to L.A. But (Kevin) McHale hasn't concurred yet.' So I said, 'Well that's a good excuse.' You always, as an owner, say, 'I'll do this, but …' So I kept that hope out there, that he was gonna be a part of the Laker organization," said Phil Jackson.

Taylor believed Bynum was going to become a star.

Garnett was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes and a first round pick.

McHale's relationship with Ainge was believed to have helped facilitate the trade.

"I've always kind of hinted that, in fun. … Of course, it's easier to make a deal with someone you know," said Jackson.

The Phoenix Suns were offering Amar'e Stoudemire for Garnett.

The Lakers eventually acquired Pau Gasol without trading away Bynum or Odom, which led them to three Finals appearances and two titles.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report (via Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports)

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Were Offered First Round Pick At Deadline For Avery Bradley

May 17, 2015 9:07 PM

The Boston Celtics rejected a trade offer at the deadline of a first round pick for Avery Bradley.

Bradley was on the first season of a four-year, $32 million deal with the Celtics.

Bradley is a well-known favorite of Danny Ainge with his versatility on defense.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Interested In Trading Up In Draft, Could Target Willie Cauley-Stein

May 17, 2015 1:46 PM

The Boston Celtics are "very open" to trading up in the NBA Draft, according to two sources.

The Celtics could reportedly target Willie Cauley-Stein, but they would have to move up several spots in order to select the seven-footer.

The Celtics currently have the No. 16 pick.

Cauley-Stein was one of the first players the Celtics interviewed at the draft combine.

A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast SportsNet

Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Danny Ainge Wants Celtics To 'Stay In The Game' On Potential Big Move

May 14, 2015 1:17 PM

The Boston Celtics were stuck between the playoffs and the lottery for most of the 14-15 season and became a better team after trading away Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green.

"When we made the trades, we felt like we needed to move a different direction," said Danny Ainge. "We did anticipate we'd take a little bit of a step backwards. We got better as the season went on."

The Celtics will enter the 2015 offseason still wanting to make substantial changes to the roster.

"What we've tried to do is put ourselves in the game to have those options, have some opportunities to make big moves. So I guess if there's big moves we like, we do them," said Ainge. "If there are big moves we're not in love with, we hold out and wait."

Ainge also talked about how the Celtics had the assets to make trades for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007, but were unable to do so in 2012 when James Harden became available.

"We want to stay in the game until we can do something significant," said Ainge.

Marc D'Amico/Celtics.com

Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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76ers Passed On Paul Pierce In 1998 Due To Larry Hughes' Promise

May 6, 2015 11:00 AM

During a Philadelphia radio interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday, Larry Brown remembered that the Philadelphia 76ers actually ranked Paul Pierce the No. 2 prospect in 1998.

But the 76ers passed on Pierce and instead selected Larry Hughes.

Pierce and Allen Iverson could have formed a remarkable scoring tandem.

"We took Larry Hughes because (with the eighth pick) because we thought we had a need," he said. "But the reason we took Larry is I promised him when we interviewed him -- we knew we were getting the eighth pick -- I promised him if he was there at (No.) 8 we would take him."

 

The ill-advised promise changed Brown's draft strategy.

"I always think you should take the very best player," he said. "Whatever we wrote on the board, we used to write by position during the draft the best players, then we would write needs, and then we would write the best players period. And I always used to tell our staff, we've gotta go for the best player period and not even think about our needs, unless they were very, very close."

 

Jay King/MassLive

Tags: Paul Pierce, Larry Hughes, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics To Extend Qualifying Offer To Jae Crowder

Apr 30, 2015 11:37 AM

The Boston Celtics will extend a qualifying offer to Jae Crowder.

Danny Ainge confirmed the move on Thursday.

By extending a qualifying offer to Crowder, the Celtics would make him a restricted free agent.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jae Crowder Diagnosed With Left ACL Sprain

Apr 27, 2015 12:14 PM

Jae Crowder has been diagnosed with a left ACL sprain.

Crowder was injured on a play in which he was hit in the face by J.R. Smith.

Crowder appeared to have seriously injured his knee at the time.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Celtics Closed Gap On Lakers As Suitor For Kevin Love

Apr 26, 2015 11:45 PM

Throughout the season, the Boston Celtics closed the gap on the Los Angeles Lakers as a possible destination for Kevin Love if he left the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to sources.

The Celtics were waiting for July, and the chance to let coach Brad Stevens lay out Love's expanded role in his system. General manager Danny Ainge wanted a chance to sell Love on a vision for surrounding him with complementary talent, on maximizing his popularity as New England's next star.

Love could miss time in the Cavaliers' second round series.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Love, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marcus Smart Late To Shootaround, Minutes In Game 4 May Be Reduced

Apr 26, 2015 11:25 AM

Marcus Smart overslept and was late arriving for shootaround.

Smart was going to come off the bench for the Boston Celtics anyways for Game 4 with Jae Crowder in the starting five.

Brad Stevens said Smart may not come off the bench early as a result.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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