Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan

We’re just one day removed from the Celtics’ loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from turning.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs are interested in pursuing Kevin Garnett, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

“The Spurs will consider everything and everyone this summer when free agency begins. But one option tossed out this weekend by one in the Spurs organization is not just another name. Kevin Garnett,” Buck Harvey reports. Continue reading Report: Spurs Interested In Kevin Garnett? »

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Kevin Youkilis will get his job back, but for how long? (Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire)

The 2012 Boston Red Sox look a lot like the 2011 version of the team, at least on paper. Two players entered this year as potential free agents: David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis. Ortiz, enjoying a tremendous resurgence, may have already guaranteed himself another arbitration deal with the Red Sox, but Kevin Youkilis, over whom the Sox have a $13 million option for next season, may not even finish 2012 in a Boston uniform. The question is: if he’s not playing in Fenway, where is he?

2012 did not start the way Youkilis wanted. Right off the bat, his new manager was calling him out to the media questioning not his health or his playing ability but his intangibles: Bobby Valentine criticized his passion for the game. The new Sox skipper said Youk just wasn’t “as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past.” While both sides tried to dismiss the comments and focus on the team – struggling mightily at the time – Ken Rosenthal is reporting that, according to a baseball executive,“Valentine wanted Youkilis out as far back as spring training, viewing him as a liability.” Continue reading Kevin Youkilis Trade Rumors: Where Will He End Up? »

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Tim Thomas Boston Bruins goaltender (Mark Vatalie/JPG images)

After a record-breaking 2010-2011 season in which he won the Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies, Tim Thomas was the goalie you wanted to have on your team. It didn’t matter if he faced seven shots or 70 shots; he would bring his A game night in and night out. His consistent play led the Bruins to their first Stanley cup in 39 years.

This season, though, wasn’t so much of a joyride for the 38-year-old. With constant pressure to perform well due to the solid play of Tuukka Rask (who is an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason), Thomas’s stats dropped in every category. At times, Rask started playing in the prime time games, including the day-after-Thanksgiving showdown against the high powered Detroit Red Wings, which ended in a 3-2 shootout loss.

The Bruins also have goaltending talent in the AHL with Anton Khudobin, who started one game in the NHL against Ottawa, stopping 41 of 42 shots in a 3-1 win. The biggest reason Thomas had a down year, though, is not the other talent within the organization. It is the fact that Thomas, at 38, is not getting any younger. Continue reading Will the Bruins Trade Tim Thomas? »

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Michal Rozsival, Dustin Brown (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

With the NHL trade deadline only a few days away, reports from TSN’s Bob McKenzie say that the Bruins are one of several teams that have a high interest level in Kings forward Dustin Brown.

Brown is 27 years old and wears the “C” for the Kings. He plays right wing, and that is the position that the Bruins need to fill with Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley out. Continue reading Bruins Interested in Trading for Dustin Brown? »

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The plan in New York isn't going exactly how the Knicks imagined. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Prepare for yet another installment of “The Atlantic,” Sports of Boston’s weekly look at who’s ‘trending up’ and ‘trending down’ in the NBA’s Atlantic Division!

Paul Pierce is the hottest player in the Atlantic division, but do the Knicks have a new star? And are the Sixers on the brink of being considered a contender? It may not be as competitive as the Northwest, but there’s still plenty of drama in the Atlantic.

Continue reading The Atlantic, Week 5: Paul Pierce and a Recent Harvard Grad Trending Up »

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(Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Welcome to “The Atlantic,” a weekly column where we ‘trend up’ and ‘trend down’ news and notes from the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

The Boston Celtics are no longer the most disappointing team in the Atlantic Division – the Knicks are. Is Andrea Bargnani a top-10 power forward? Can the New Jersey Nets still make the playoffs? After a cool stretch, things are heating up again in the Atlantic.

Continue reading The Atlantic, Week 4: Celtics’ Confidence and Andrea Bargnani Trending Up »

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Ever heard of Kyrylo Fesenko? He could be what the C's need. (Kevin Cox/Getty Images)

Sports of Boston concludes its free agency preview with a look at the front-court players available.

Last season the Celtics’ went into training camp with four serviceable big men to patrol the middle. Shaquille O’Neal is now retired. Kendrick Perkins is kicking it with his buddies Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Semih Erden is in Cleveland trying to keep Baron Davis away from cheeseburgers. That leaves Boston with Jermaine O’Neal as their only true center.

Last season, O’Neal appeared in just 24 regular season games because of injuries. If the Celtics’ want to challenge for a title once more with the current group of guys, they’re going to need a few more big men to patrol the paint.

Below are a few bruisers that could really help this year’s Celtics team guard the painted area.

Continue reading Celtics’ Free Agency Preview: Forwards/Centers »

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