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Dooling Re-Signs with Celtics, Pietrus Probably Won’t

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Keyon Dooling‘s agent, Kenge Stevenson, says that the 12 year veteran has re-upped with the Celtics for a one year veteran minimum contract.

Dooling provides the Celtics with another guard capable of running the offense while Rajon Rondo rests. Dooling will join Rondo, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Dionte Christmas in what is shaping up to be a deep Celtics back court.

Dooling averaged just 4 points and 1 assist in 46 games for the Celtics last season, but his leadership and capable defensive effort clearly made an imprint on Celtics management.

Pietrus Won’t Sign For Minimum

Despite interest in coming back to Boston, Mickael Pietrus apparently isn’t willing to return to the Celtics for the veteran minimum. Pietrus agent, Bill McCandless, tells WEEI that his client won’t sign anywhere for the minimum.

The Celtics are still in possession of their $1.9 million bi-annual exception, but McCandless claims Pietrus has offers of “triple that” from teams overseas. With the Celtics training camp roster at 16 players it’s unclear whether or not there is room for Pietrus. His most likely role, should he return, would be third-string small forward behind Paul Pierce and Jeff Green.

In his 12th NBA season, Pietrus averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds for the Celtics. Pietrus’ defense on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson was a welcome skill set in the playoffs, but his 22 percent shooting clip from three point range limited his on court effectiveness.

 

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