The Orlando Summer League came to a close on Friday, with the Oklahoma City Thunder winning the first-place game on “championship day.” The Celtics finished in seventh place with a 3-2 record after defeating the host Magic, 102-83. The best takeaway from Summer League was the play of first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk, who finished second among all participants with 18 points per game, behind the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson.
Olynyk showed good offensive moves in the low post and tremendous ball-handling skills for a seven-footer. He also displayed an impressive shooting touch, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first two games before cooling down the rest of the week. Olynyk also shot 13-for-19 from the free throw line, including a perfect 7-for-7 in the first two contests. Olynyk was better on the defensive end than his reputation suggested, and averaged 7.8 rebounds per game (fourth in the league) and 1.8 steals. Olynyk led the Celtics in scoring in three of their five games, and had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets.
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ESPN.COM reports that the Detroit Pistons have signed free agent Josh Smith to a 4-year-deal worth $56 million. Smith also considered the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets. Early speculation had Smith going to Houston in a sign and trade to join newly acquired Dwight Howard, but an offer was never made.
Reportedly close friend, Rajon Rondo, had pushed the Celtics front office to acquire Smith, but no deal was ever seriously considered. With the Celtics recently taking on Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace’s large contracts, the team’s management simply did not feel comfortable paying a player of Smith’s caliber big money. Josh Smith will bring his big play potential and ability to score at any given time to Detroit, but he will also bring bad decision making and a turnover prone style of play with him as well.
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In the wake of Doc Rivers departure, Danny Ainge has maintained that the Celtics would take their time in choosing the next head coach of the team…until today.
This afternoon, the Celtics announced that they have hired former Butler University head basketball coach, Brad Stevens, to be the new coach of the team.
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It was only a matter of time before the Boston Celtics decided to completely move forward from the “big three era”. After sending Doc Rivers to the Clippers on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Celtics have agreed to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that would send future Hall of Famers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, along with Jason Terry to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Tomike Shenglia, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and future first round draft picks in 2014, ’16, and ’18.
Garnett agreed to waive his no trade clause after the Nets agreed to pay the remaining $12 Million on the third year of his deal in 2014-2015 season. The deal will not be made official until July 10th, following the NBA’s moratorium period.
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After weeks of wondering what the future of the Boston Celtics would look like, and the recent on-and-off discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, the new era of the Celtics begins.
According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to send an unprotected 2015 first round draft pick to the Celtics in exchange for Boston releasing Rivers from the three years remaining on his five-year, $35 million dollar contract. The Clippers will then sign Rivers for an identical three years, $21 million. Continue reading Celtics Start Rebuilding, Give Doc Rivers to the Clippers »
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The NBA Finals are over, and the Miami Heat are world champions once more. It almost didn’t happen after a raging comeback in Game 6, but here we are. Miami is on top, and LeBron James is once more Finals MVP for his trouble.
Thanks to LeBron and Miami, those of us who though Miami would win wound up with skyrocketing point totals, though everyone correctly guessed a seven-game series. So what does that all mean for our final standings? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013 NBA Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: NBA Finals Results »
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On the brink of winning their fifth NBA title in the Tim Duncan era, the San Antonio Spurs did not only cough up their best shot of taking down the defending champions in Miami, they may have already lost Game 7 too.
Up five with just under 30 seconds left in regulation, the Spurs trotted out Duncan-less on Miami’s following possession. After LeBron misfired on his first three-point attempt, San Antonio was a defensive rebound away of just about wrapping up the Finals, with the potential of going up three possessions resulting from some made free-throws with around 20 seconds remaining.
Then, everything fell apart.
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