Boston Celtics WiretapDecember 2011 Boston Celtics Wiretap

Ainge: Pietrus To Make Celtics Debut In Two Weeks

Dec 31, 2011 2:08 PM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said Mickael Pietrus should be ready for game action by the middle of January after July knee surgery.

“It feels great [to be in Boston],’’ Pietrus said. “Since I have been in the NBA, my goal has always been to win a championship, and I have a chance to win one so I’m going to give it everything I’ve got with my new teammates. So hopefully at the end of the year, we get what we want.’’

Pietrus injured his right knee in March while playing for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns were close to trading him to the Raptors earlier this month, but Toronto called off the deal when Pietrus’s knee did not test at full strength.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Mickael Pietrus, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pierce Makes 11-12 Debut, Boston Record Not A Factor

Dec 30, 2011 8:34 PM

Paul Pierce will play for the first time this season on Friday night against the Detroit Pistons in the 11-12 home opener for the Boston Celtics. He missed the team’s first three games, all losses, with a bruised right heel.

“Not a lot,” Doc Rivers said of the minutes Pierce will play. “We’ll just go with our eyes. He’s had just one practice and that was, what, three weeks ago?

“We will build him up each game.”

Rivers added that the Celtics could switch from their zone defense back to man if Pierce has trouble due to the lack of repetitions in practice/games because of his injury.

He added that the team’s 0-3 record had nothing to do with the decision to activate Pierce for Friday night’s game.

“Nah, we could be 3-0 and I’d be playing Paul tonight,” Rivers said.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pierce Close To Return From Heel Injury

Dec 30, 2011 10:31 AM

Paul Pierce is impatient to make his season debut, possibly tonight for the Celtics’ home opener against Detroit.

“I’m close very very close,” he tweeted last night.

On Wednesday, Pierce admitted it’s been difficult to watch the start of the season from the bench.

“It’s tough, man, because I can see how my teammates need me,” he said before the Celts’ 97-78 loss to the Hornets. “But I think they’re doing all right out there in a lot of ways.”

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Tags: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Garnett Obtains Stake In Roma Football Club

Dec 30, 2011 10:23 AM

Boston Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett is about to become a small shareholder in the American-owned Roma football club.

Roma has confirmed that Garnett accepted an offer from James Pallotta, one of the four Boston executives that closed a deal in August to become the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club.

Pallotta is also a minority owner of the Celtics.

Associated Press

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, NBA

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Green Vows To Return Stronger For Celtics

Dec 28, 2011 10:44 AM

Jeff Green intends to return stronger from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

“I’m in a good place right now. I know the whole procedure, and I know when I come back I will be stronger than ever and be a lot better," Green said.

“And when the doctors give me the go, I’m going to take it to another level."

Green has been around the Celtics since his diagnosis and said it has been therapeutic.

“I’m very relieved, because I can play basketball again,’’ Green said before the Celtics lost to the Heat, 115-107, last night at American Airlines Arena. “It’s a blessing that it was found because you never know what could happen.’’

Boston Globe

Tags: Jeff Green, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Celtics Aim To Improve Offensive Rebounding

Dec 27, 2011 12:36 PM

Under Doc Rivers, the Celtics have never finished any better than 15th in offensive rebounding.

Because the Celtics have been so consistently weak in this area, there has been a perception that this is something that Rivers doesn't stress. Not true, he says.

"We always wanted to do that," Rivers said. "That's been one of the most misunderstood things about us. We've always told our bigs, 'If you're under the basket and we shoot, how about going to get it?' "

A. Sherrod Blakely/CSNNE.com

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Rivers: This Is The Rondo We Want

Dec 26, 2011 11:19 AM

Rajon Rondo had an outstanding 31 points, 13 assists and five steals (27.6 FIC40) in Boston's Opening Day loss to the Knicks.

"This is the Rondo we want," Doc Rivers said after the game. "This is what we talked about last year. Getting to the free-throw line. Taking the shots when they're open. I thought he was the aggressor in the game. I don't know if [he] can do that every night, but overall, that's the Rondo that we want. It was terrific."

"He attacked. He attacked early. He set the tone, got into the paint, softened up their defense," Ray Allen said. "It's a great sign for us."

"I was just trying to get us into transition," Rondo said. "Trying to get us to the line. Trying to get us some easy looks, get them in the penalty early. But it's only one game. When P [Pierce] gets back, obviously, some of the shots will go to P. Whatever the team needs, whatever Doc wants me to do, that's what I'll do."

Peter May/ESPN

Tags: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pietrus Signs With Celtics

Dec 25, 2011 10:58 AM

Mickael Pietrus, who negotiated a buyout with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, cleared waivers Saturday night and as expected, signed on with the Boston Celtics.

"His skills as a perimeter defender and an outside shooter provide great versatility to the roster," Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said in a statement released by the Celtics.

The Celtics only have the veteran's minimum available.

That means the eight-year veteran would receive a pro-rated salary of about $1.2 million.

A. Sherrod Blakely/CSNNE.com

Tags: Mickael Pietrus, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Official Signing, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Have Highest Average Christmas Day Secondary Market Ticket Price

Dec 25, 2011 10:49 AM

The Knicks have the highest average ticket price of the five Christmas Day games.

Here are the averages, according to information provided by TiqIQ.com:

Celtics @ Knicks: $516.09
Bulls @ Lakers: $466.02
Heat @ Mavs: $395.97
Magic @ Thunder: $295.71
Clippers @ Warriors: $104.95

Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork.com

Tags: New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Celtics Extend Minimum Contract Offer To Pietrus

Dec 24, 2011 5:50 PM

Mickael Pietrus agreed to a buyout with the Suns and is now in the NBA’s two-day waiver period before deciding whether to accept Boston’s minimum contract offer.

“I think Mike likes the Celtics very much and likes that option very much,’’ said Pietrus’s agent, Bill McCandless. “I guess we’ll open up the present tomorrow at 6:30. There’s one team that was interested in trading for him and it did come down to the wire. I think there’s a 15 percent chance of a waiver claim.’’

Pietrus averaged 7.4 points in 38 games with the Suns last season after being traded from Orlando.

Amalie Benjamin, Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Mickael Pietrus, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pierce 'Doubtful' For Season Opener
Paul Pierce is unlikely to play on Sunday’s opening day game against the Knicks.

Chris Forsberg/ESPNBoston.com

Source: Pietrus Leaning Toward Joining Celtics
Mickael Pietrus was bought out by the Suns and is expected to clear waivers Saturday.

A. Sherrod Blakely/CSNNE.com

Rivers Encouraged By Early Results Of 5-5-5 Minute Allotment For Garnett
Doc Rivers plans to utilize Kevin Garnett in 5-minute increments.

A. Sherrod Blakely/CSNNE.com

NBA Season Ticket Sales Hold Steady
Ten NBA teams have season ticket bases over 10,000

Sports Business Journal

Rivers Will Look To Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic To Fill In For Green
Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic will see plenty of playing time with Jeff Green sidelined for the season with a heart condition.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Jeff Green Out For Season, Contract Likely To Be Voided
A heart ailment will sideline Jeff Green for the entire 2011-12 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Green, Celtics Still Awaiting Results Of Stress Test
Jeff Green has not practiced with the Celtics thus far this season because of preliminary results of a stress test.

Frank Dell’Apa/Boston Globe

Veteran Celtics Express Disappointment With Rushed Start Of Season
Kevin Garnett expressed his disappointment for the rushed training camp into a 66-game season.

ESPN

Phil: Shortened Season Could Lead To Unlikely Champion
Phil Jackson believes the truncated season could result in a dark horse champion.

ESPNLosAngeles.com

Posey's Agent To Talk To Celtics
James Posey's agent Mark Bartelstein plans to talk to the Celtics about a reunion.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Rivers Open To Expanding Regular Rotation
Doc Rivers may play as many as 10 or 11 players in his regular rotation.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Jeff Green Undergoing Tests For Undisclosed Medical Issue
Jeff Green has yet to practice this season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Delonte West Agrees To One-Year Deal With Dallas
Delonte West has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks.

Tzvi Twersky/Slam

Reggie Evans In Talks With Raptors, Blazers, Celtics, Nets
Reggie Evans is receiving interest from the Raptors, Blazers, Celtics and Nets.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

David West To Celtics Dead, Signs With Pacers
A deal that would send David West to the Celtics via sign-and-trade fell apart, leading him to sign a two-year, $20 million deal with Indiana.

David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Twitter)

Pacers Making Progress With David West
The Pacers and David West are making progress on a two-year, $20 million deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Pacers Ready To Sign David West If Boston Deal Falls Apart
Indiana has been in talks with David West on a two-year deal that would pay him a higher annual salary than what the Celtics can offer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jeff Green Re-Signs With Celtics
The Boston Celtics announced that they have re-signed forward Jeff Green.

RealGM Staff Report

Celtics, Bulls, Clippers Also Expected To Pursue Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard has requested a trade from the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

West To Boston Deal Remains On Hold
JaJuan Johnson and E'Twan Moore, rookies with the Celtics, have been mentioned in discussions.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)