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ESPN is reporting that sources close to Doc Rivers say that the Celtics coach thinks it “might be time for a change”, in regards to his relationship with the club. Rivers has been non-committal about his coaching future over the last several weeks following the Celtics first round playoff exit. Rivers has been around the team as they evaluate players for the upcoming NBA Draft.

The obvious reason for Rivers uncertainty regarding his future most surely comes from his close relationship with stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Pierce’s future with the Celtics is murky given that only $5 million of his $15 million contract is guaranteed for next season. The Celtics don’t appear to be close to championship contention with the way the team is currently constructed, and many think it might be time for the Celtics to move on from the Pierce era.
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Let’s assume for a moment that Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett all walk back through the proverbial door (as Rick Pitino might say). If this indeed is the case, then Celtics GM, Danny Ainge, will be hard pressed to find ways to improve the Celtics roster given the strict rules of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Currently, the Celtics are right on the cusp of the NBA’s luxury tax threshold, meaning that the only money available to them in free-agency is the $3 million mini-midlevel exception and minimum salary contracts.This means that the Celtics best option to upgrade their roster will be with trades for ‘buy low’ players- Players who have talent but haven’t lived up to their contracts with their current teams. Continue reading Four Buy-Low Options for Celtics »

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Dwight Howard and Jason Collins (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Amidst rumors at last season’s trade deadline, the Celtics were also on an epic west coast road trip, but they had just won two games in a row. Many viewed the Celtics strong play after last season’s All-Star break as an emphatic statement that Paul Pierce and crew wanted to keep the band together for one more run.

Fast forward 11 months and the rumors are the same, but the Celtics performance is different. Pierce scored 26 points, but the Celtics had no way to slow down Dwight Howard in a 113-99 loss to the Lakers Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Howard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in what was one of his most aggressive performances of the season. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant combined for 30 points and 14 assists, and were two of seven Lakers to score in double figures.
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Kris Humphries, Paul Pierce (AP/Michael Dwyer)

According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets have offered the Celtics forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick in exchange for Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

The Celtics reportedly declined the trade, but the two teams have been in talks about a deal for Pierce. The Celtics want forward Mirza Teletovic and maybe another first-round pick included in the deal, but the Nets are unwilling to pay such a steep price for Pierce.

Pierce, 35, is averaging 18 points per game, but is shooting just 41 percent from the field, his worst mark in eight years, as Wojnarowski points out. Continue reading Celtics Trade Rumors: Nets Offer Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks for Paul Pierce »

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Kevin Garnett (Mike Segar/Reuters)

The Boston Celtics have won four straight, including their last game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon. During the game, rumor started circulating that the Clippers are looking to trade for Kevin Garnett of the Celtics. The deal being discussed would send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Celtics for the 36-year-old, Garnett,  reports WEEI.

Garnett would have to waive the no-trade clause in the contract he signed over the summer in order for a deal to go through.
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14 games into the 2012-13 season, the Celtics are dead last in the NBA in rebounding, and it’s not even close. At 36.9 boards per game, Boston trails the next worst team, Portland, by nearly two full rebounds, and the first-place Pacers by an outrageous 11.5.

It’s not just a case of the Celtics games having fewer possessions than most, as the Celtics are also last in rebounding differential, being out-rebounded by 4.9 boards per contest. The problem isn’t new, either, as the Celtics have ranked in the bottom two each of the last three years, and hasn’t been in the top half since the 2008-09 season.

With the Celtics giving up more points than we’re used to seeing (at least 100 in each of the last four games), improved rebounding figures to be an important factor in returning Boston to the league’s defensive elite. Let’s take a look at different ways they could bring those numbers up, from most to least likely: Continue reading Solutions to the Celtics’ Rebounding Woes »

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All it took was a 1-4 start for the Lakers to part ways with their Head Coach. USA Today reports that the Lakers have fired Mike Brown.

The team has been without Steve Nash for the past two games, and Dwight Howard, though playing, is still working his way back into shape after having offseason back surgery. Much has been made of the Lakers lack of depth on their bench, but it is obvious now that Lakers’ management had seen Brown as part of the problem. One has to wonder how much influence Kobe Bryant had in this decision.

No announcement has been made as to who will replace Brown, but speculation is that former Suns and Knicks Head Coach, Mike D’Antoni, is strongly in the running. The Lakers play Golden State tonight and it seems likely either assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff or Check Person will assume the interim duties.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Celtics fan, a Knicks fan, or a fan of any other team with title aspirations, it’s quite fun when the Lakers are a mess.

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