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Can Pelister: Besiktas is targeting Carlos Arroyo. If Arroyo rejects the offer, Demond Mallet and Chris Douglas-Roberts are another options. Twitter

In addition to a starting center, the Knicks have been on the hunt for a solid backup point guard for Chauncey Billups, and they've reportedly contacted unrestricted free agent J.J. Barea. But there's another Puerto Rican who would fit well in New York: Carlos Arroyo, who played for the Heat and Celtics last season. "I love New York," Arroyo told ESPNNewYork.com. "It would be a great situation for me -- aside from being the largest Puerto Rican population in the U.S. (laughs). I have a great relationship with Chauncey, Melo and Amare, especially with Chauncey since we played together in Detroit [from 2004 to '06]." ESPN.com

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On Saturday, Converse launched the Converse Open Gym Puerto Rico, the grassroots program dedicated to supporting youth basketball. Serving as honorary on-court monitors were Converse athletes Carlos Arroyo and JJ Barea, who talked to the kids about how basketball has played a major role in their lives. A record number of kids, more than 1,000, attended the launch of the Converse Open Gym Puerto Rico which is free for all participants ages 10-18. As part of the event, kids were invited to play pick-up games and had an opportunity to try on the latest Converse basketball shoes. The event featured a green screen-technology photo area where kids created their own Converse Connectivity Campaign, a temporary tattoo parlor highlighting the Puerto Rican national flag and Open Gym graphics, and the Converse barbershop where local barbers, including Carlos Arroyo, gave free haircuts to participants. They even helped some of the kids with drawing their own pair of Converse. Sole Collector

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After Nenad Kristic's depart for Russia weeks ago, it may be the turn for another Celtics free agent to leave for Europe. According to some reports, Arroyo is in contacts with an Italian squad: Yesterday it was learned that the Italian Club Pallacanestro Cantu seems to have a great interest in the Puerto Rican point guard who was released on 30 June. The player's agent, Ricardo Carrillo said Arroyo is preparing to return to the Island (Puerto Rico) in the coming days but that he did not mention anything about the possibility of playing in Europe "He said he is making arrangements to come here. But do not say anything on a team. I am not surprised by what may happen because the NBA lockout has made many players contemplate Europe as an option, "he said. Celtics Life

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The Puerto Rico point guard will be eager to suit up for his country this summer when the national team tries to earn a trip to the Olympics, according to the country's basketball federation president Carlos Beltran. "I met with Carlos on March 6 in Miami, prior to his signing with the Celtics," Beltran said to Primera Hora. "I had a coffee with him, we talked and he asked for all the information about practice schedules and warm-ups that we have on the agenda. "When I talked to him, Carlos was excited about the idea of playing at the FIBA Americas Championship and I don't doubt that he will be with us in Argentina." FIBA.com

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This is what a veteran point guard looks like: At some point in his 14 minute debut, Carlos Arroyo called a Celtics play that was notable in that Rivers didn’t go over it with him. “Everything happened so fast,” Arroyo said. “I don’t even remember what it was.” Ever since he’s arrived, Arroyo has had his head buried in film, trying to learn the ins and outs of the offense and he has already made an impression on his new teammates. Garnett: “Carlos played in the league for a long time for a lot of headstrong coaches. He brings a sense of leadership. A lot of respect around the locker room for him and we’re glad he’s here.” WEEI.com

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