World Peace to Join New York Knicks

July 16, 2013 at 5:53pm in Celtics, NBA
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According to ESPN.COM, Metta World Peace is heading to New York to play for the Knicks. World Peace cleared waivers late Sunday afternoon after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers. Artest said he wanted to join the Knicks because he wanted to win ” I don’t care if I’m starting or sweeping the floors. You hear me? I want to win,” World Peace went on to tell one reporter.

Terms of the deal have been confirmed, World Peace is set to sign a 2 year deal worth $1.6 million per year according to NBA.COM. The Lakers also owe Artest $7.3 million next year due to the current amnesty provision that the NBA has, this provision allows a team to release certain players without having their salaries count against the salary cap. World Peace should be able to help the Knicks on both ends of the floor, with his lock down defense and scoring. The biggest question is: Can World Peace keep it together for another two seasons?
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Christian Watford, Kelly Olynyk (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (Matt Stone)

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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Doc Rivers exits stage right, heading out west to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, pending league approval. (Photo courtesy of WEEI)

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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